Thursday, 12 March 2015

In The Lonely Hour | Sam Smith


Hello folks,

Today I am talking about my current music obsession- 'In The Lonely Hour' by Sam Smith. Also can we just talk about that photo for a second because I am very proud of how tumblr it looks.

This album is quite simply flawless.

I picked this up at a charity shop for £3, I don't know how because it only came out a month or two ago so I think it must have been given away by accident plus it was still in it's cellophane. Oh well, I'm not complaining.

You know when you get an album you have to listen to all the songs a couple of times before you start to really like it? Not with Sam Smith. I only knew half of the songs yet I still could resonate with all of them, this is like the relatable-ness of  Taylor Swift mixed with what I imagine chocolate would sound like. Just let that sink in.

My favorite songs of the moment from 'In the Lonely Hour' are Life Support and Not in that Way. To be honest I love them all so ignore that last sentence.

Have you heard his album yet? Leave your favourite song below!

I hope you enjoyed this nonsensical rant about my love for Sam Smith. I would love it if you could follow me on Bloglovin'

Speak soon x

Sunday, 8 March 2015

We Are Completely Beside Ourselves | Book Of The Month

Hi everyone!

I have decided to pick a book to recommend to y'all this month and think I might make it a 'thing'.

I don't know, I just think 'Book of The Month' has a lovely ring to it- don't you agree?

So this month I am recommending a really interesting book. It's difficult to describe it to you without ruining the massive twist that happens near the start of the book that is actually the middle of the story, confusing I know. Sozzles. I will try my best though..




'We are Completely Beside Ourselves' was written by Karen Joy Fowler and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Oooh fancy.

So basically this book is about a gal named Rosemary who has a sister named Fern. They are best friends and everything is just fab and then all of a sudden they aren't because Fern disappears in horrific circumstances that her sister wishes she could forget. 

I must admit that initially this book was tricky to get into but after the first 20 pages I couldn't stop reading it! This is such an interesting book and the idea behind it is amazing. I wouldn't describe it as an easy read but definitely isn't a difficult one either- a happy medium you might say.

Believe me I wish I could go more into detail about this book but I would hate to spoil such an amazing plot twist. The only hint I can give you is it's loosely about animal rights and testing but that makes it sound so lame.. ugh the frustration is real.

Okay if you really want to know the 'Thing' I'm talking about click this link.. don't say I didn't warn you..

Please just read this book. I bought it as part of the 3 for £10 deal on Amazon paperbacks. I would love to hear what you think of it!

Speak to you all soon x

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Monday, 2 March 2015

Easy Peasy Brow Pencil?




Hello everyone!

I'm about to do that cliched apology that all bloggers make when they haven't posted in a while. I'm sorry, I have been away skiing and the Wi-Fi has been all but non-existent- I can only apologize on behalf of the Cairngorm Mountains. #MountainProbs

Today I am reviewing the Soap and Glory Archery 2-IN-1 Brow Filling Pencil & Brush. I don't think many people are aware that there are two Archery brow pencils- the 'Brow Tint and Precision Pencil' and the one I bought, the '2-IN-1 Brow Filling Pencil & Brush'. I certainly wasn't, so when I went to the counter I was completely stumped...Not a great start. 

As a person who had never filled in their brows before I went for the crayon one as a brow tint seemed a bit too intimidating for me- as someone who mocks badly applied eyebrows I couldn't bear the idea of bad looking/messy brows.

I opted for the lightest pencil in Blondeshell because I didn't want them to be too dark (In hindsight I wish I had gone darker). I also went through a cringey moment where I asked the lady at the counter if she thought it was the right colour , she then proceeded to stare at my eyebrows for a good 10 seconds and said "Yes, I... think so dear." . It's safe to say she thought I was the most incapable customer of all time. 




Though I have no previous experience with brows I really think that this is such a good product. People have compared it to the Anastasia Brow Wizz- I don't know if this is a good comparison but there you go haha.

In terms off easiness to use, this is so simple my dog could do it.  The brush does the job really well and the pencil is so smooth and pigmented that it make my eyebrows looks so defined- yet natural. 

The only issue I have with this pencil is that once it's on it only lasts about 6 hours, meaning that I put it on before school and by the time I'm home, my eyebrows have vanished! I think this is due to the fact that the colour is slightly too light for me so I wouldn't let that put you off!

I hope you have enjoyed this post, it wasn't a very informative review so if you have any questions leave them below! Haha x

See you next time..

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Saturday, 14 February 2015

Songs to cry to.

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Hello everyone!

Sorry for the depressing title. This is going to be a depressing post. It's been one of those days. Plus it's Valentines Day. Personally, I'm not bothered about being single today, but as the internet decided if you're single it's trendy to be depressed on the 14th , I decided to join it.

Sometimes, hopefully not all the time, you just need a good cry, so I've made a playlist of cheesy pop songs that you can listen to when you want to sit in your room, eat ice-cream from the tub (never done it personally, but it looks fun.), and be a sobbing mess for an hour or two. Have fun gals.



Breath Me by Sia

Let Her Go by Passenger

The Only Exception by Paramore

Someone Like You by Adele

Explosions by Ellie Goulding

Bad Day by Daniel Powter

Say Something by A Great Big World ft. Christine Aguilera

Skyscraper by Demi Levato

Fix You by Coldplay

Skinny Love by Birdy

Wake Me Up by Ed Sheeran

Mad World by Roland Orzabal


And once you've finished I want you to listen to this song.


 I hope you've enjoyed this post, leave below other sad song suggestions please! I love a good crying session...

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Monday, 9 February 2015

Supplements That Make You Beautiful?

Hello everyone!

You are probably here because you read the title and thought, wait what?

It's a bold statement to make and I'm not convinced. 
Beautify Me Vitamin Complex by Inner Me just by the name claims to do so though! 

I first heard of these on a UK Television show called 'Dragon's Den' and I was intrigued so I was beyond excited when these arrived in a 'Love Me Beauty' Box a while ago and couldn't wait to give it a try.

You take two capsules a day for 2 weeks and claims to be good for your skin as well as generating cell growth in hair and nails. Basically it makes them grow stronger and faster.



The first thing I was drawn to was the packaging. How cool is it? It has two pull out trays and it just looks so nice compared to your average glass jar  of capsules that I usually associate supplements with. 



In terms of effectiveness, it did work , but I am doubtful that it is worth the RRP of £15. For me that is a ridiculous amount of money to pay for supplements will only last two weeks...

I saw a small amount of hair growth and my nails did get a bit longer and definitely stronger. My skin was where I saw a massive improvement. Almost overnight all my spots practically vanished! Unfortunately though after the course was over they came back and I didn't want to spend any money on getting more as it is very pricey.

Overall I did notice a difference with this and I really did like it but in all honesty, I'm sure you could find less expensive supplements that do the same job because I feel like you are paying for the packaging with this one! I love the ethics of the company and if you are after a quick fix for your skin and nails this might be for you.

I hope you enjoyed this post :)
See you soon!

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Friday, 6 February 2015

Tips For Going To The Hairdressers.

Hello Everyone!

Today I went to the hairdressers! I now have a long-side-fringe-thingy going on and I love it. Saying that though it was probably the most unpleasant hairdressing experience I've ever had. 

My stylists idea of a head massage was like being tortured- I genuinely thought she was pulling my hair out. The customer service was rubbish, she was clearly more focused on getting it done than making sure I was happy with the end result. Plus the salon was freezing, I was pretty surprised a penguin didn't walk in to get it's feathers manicured.

So today I thought I'd give some tips for going to the hairdressers so that you (hopefully) don't have the same experience that I did.

-Bring Pictures

I know, it's obvious but giving your hairdresser an idea of what you want is always a good shout. My hair inspiration is Fluer De Force-her hair is stunning. I also love Jennifer Aniston's hair. I've never had a haircut that I'm unhappy with and I think bringing in images of looks I like is the reason why.



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-Look Your Best

I learnt this the hard way last year when I sat in the chair for 2 hours with no makeup on, with my oldest clothes on staring at myself in the mirror. This combined with the worst lighting in existence left me feeling very underwhelmed as I left the salon with my new hair. Look your best so you can walk out the door feeling like a supermodel flicking your beautiful, freshly-cut hair as it flows behind you in the gentle breeze. Lovely.


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-Bring Snacks

Especially if you are going to be at the salon for more than an hour, you may get peckish. Bring some dried food or some nuts if you want to be healthy although let's be real here, if it was me I would bring chocolate.


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-If you aren't happy, say.

There is nothing worse than going home unhappy with your hair- you have payed good money for it and spent time getting it done. Think of it as buying something and realizing it's broken, you wouldn't keep it, you would get your money back or ask for a replacement. It's the same with hair. It might be awkward but you need to make sure you are satisfied with it. Also, your stylist would much rather have you like it than have you tell people you are unhappy with it, it's bad for business.

Also as a side note, I would always ask for a slightly shorter cut than you were planning. I find that it always seems shorter in the salon but after a while there doesn't seem to be much of a difference. Plus it saves you having to come back for a while.

I really hope you enjoyed reading this post! I would love to know any of your tips or experiences of the hairdressers!

See you soon x

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Saturday, 31 January 2015

A Little Challenge.

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Hello everyone!

I was reading a few blogs last night when I came across this- the 30 Day Minimalism Challenge.  It really intrigued me and I decided to do it, starting from the 1st of February. 

Lately my life has felt cluttered and disorganized full of things (and people) that don't need to be in my life, and as harsh as it sounds- I'm a great believer of cutting out dead weight from my life.

So as the name suggests this will last thirty days and will have a different challenge everyday like downsizing your beauty collection (eek), or unfollowing and unfriending people on social media.

I feel like all these goals are realistic but will still make a difference!

I am really excited for this and hope that it will help me make positive changes in my life.

If any of you are doing this comment below! I would love someone to do this with me! I'll let you know how this goes at the end of February so watch this space...

See you soon!

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Friday, 23 January 2015

My Tragic CD Collection.



Hello everyone!

I am known among my friends as the person probably with the worst choice in music EVER. But I don't care, I love all my dusty CDs and music from the early 90s.

Nowadays everyone downloads or streams music and while I do this I still love going to HMV and picking up anything that looks good.

So today, I want to share with you my top picks from my tragic music collection.


I first heard of Gabrielle Aplin a few years ago when her songs 'Home' and 'Please Don't Say You Love Me' made it into the UK Top 40. I fell in love with her voice and her laid back songs. I went straight onto Amazon and bought her album 'English Rain'. I listen to this whenever I'm studying or trying to relax and need some chilled music to have in the background. My favorite songs are 'Keep on Walking' and 'Panic Cord'.


I got this for my 13th birthday from my brother. I was surprised that he hadn't bought me his  usual present of sweets from Poundland or failing that, nothing. I never considered myself a Mumford and Sons person, but as soon as I played this I fell in love.I always put this on when I'm tidying my room or just trying to do something productive. Never works but, hey, I try. My favorite songs from the album are the title track- 'Sigh No More'- and 'I Gave You All'. Literally there is not one song on this album that I do not like.


Who doesn't love a bit of James Blunt? It was only a few months ago that I found out it was bad to like James Blunt (much like Mika, another favorite of mine...). I really like his songs, this album, 'Back to Bedlam', came out in 2004 which might be considered old? Not for me anyway, the older the better. I listen to 'Wisemen' on repeat, I'm obsessed, it's one of those songs I never get tired of.


I definitely class myself as a 'Nesbian'. Nina is from the homeland (Scotland, hehe) and so that only makes me love her more! Heard her on Radio 1 and fell head over heels for her voice. 'Stay Out' and 'Selfies' made it to the charts but she has so much more to come. At the moment my favorite songs on her album are 'Mr. C' and 'Tough Luck' although I love 'Not Me' but it isn't on her CD :(. 

Also at the moment I have this song on repeat., I feel like this describes what every teenager feels- and the odd adult as well, it's a cover of the original Radiohead song- 'Creep' .


Thanks so much for reading my post! Let me know down below what songs you've been loving so I can listen to them, I'm always on the lookout for new music!

See you soon!

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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

The Easiest To Use Eyeliner Ever?

Hello everyone!

Today I want to talk about a product that I have been using since I was twelve, when I first started venturing into the world of makeup (young? I'm not sure.). To be honest, 12 year old me was very unsure of herself and just wanted to be a grown-up.. ASAP. I was inspired by Audrey Hephurn's girlish style and wanted her adorable innocent looking winged eyes..

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I researched all the brands and decided on the Rimmel Scandal Eyes Precision Micro Eyeliner.  I really wanted something that was easy to use and did the job. I also wanted the final effect to be thin and delicate so I opted for the tiny thin nib.




First of all, this eyeliner is really easy to use, so amazing for novices. But I feel like you've always got to approach eyeliner with lots practice anyway and confidence. In the words of Essie Button :

Don't get scared when using eyeliner, it can sense the fear.

So true. 

But seriously though, this eyeliner is so simple to use... but it only lasts for about 4 hours before it really starts to look faded and, to be honest, a bit crap.It claims to be waterproof but I don't see that reflected in its actual day-to-day wear. 

Also, it really doesn't last that long in terms of the amount of product in the tube. I love these so I  keep repurchasing because they are so easy to use, but I go through them like nothing else,buying a new one every month or two- an expensive addiction even for drugstore makeup. Plus I have a bad habit of leaving the cap off things which never helps...

It has very good pigmentation though, and comes out dark and precise. 

Overall, I really do like this eyeliner. I feel like it's easiness outweighs it's faults. For instance, the Benefit Push Up Liner looks amazing and lasts forever but is so gimmicky and hard to use that I can't stand it.

Have any of you tried this product? What do you think of it? I'd love to hear in the comments!

See you soon! x

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Sunday, 18 January 2015

I Love A Good Bargain..| Charity Shops

Hello everyone!

First of all thanks for your amazing response to my last post! It's good to hear there are others out there with the same issue haha!



Can you guess what all the clothes you see  have in common?

Hint #1 It's not that they are all from designer labels
Hint #2 It is also not that they are all hideously creased...


The answer is that they were all bought from charity shops.

Collectively the clothes are worth around £150- yet I paid just under £20 for it all!


I love charity shops. As soon as I step through the door, I'm like a hunter, sniffing out the designer labels, bargains and beautiful pieces of clothing.

When someone asks where I got something, there is a very high likelihood that I will say a charity shop. There is then an uncomfortable silence then they will say something along the lines of:

"Oh really?....Lovely" Then quickly change topic. I think when people find out they assume it's because I have to because I can't afford something new and that's apparently seen to be embarassing- it's not, okay! The sad truth of is that I just love looking through other people's stuff...

I like knowing that someone else has already paid full price for something that I'm paying next to nothing for. In most charity shops (like the one I volunteer at) they only put out good quality items- I think there is a common misconception that secondhand means second quality. That's definitely not the case, in fact a lot of things handed in are brand-spanking-new, never worn. 

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You can find some amazing things at charity shops (or thrift shops I think they call them in America). Everything there is different, it's just a matter of looking hard enough to find something you love.  Places like vintage second hand shops are so beautiful, and the stuff you can find is so unique- once I found this beautiful vintage art deco jewelry box from the 1920s for just £10!

Plus when you buy something from a charity shop, you know your money is going to a good cause.  You are literally helping the world become a better place by shopping...!


Have you ever found any bargains at charity/thrift shops? I would love to know in the comments!

See you soon x

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PS. I feel like I should address the elephant in the room, so I'll leave you all with this..


Monday, 12 January 2015

The Curse of The White Converse.

Hey guys,

This Christmas I received a pair of White Converse from my dear friend Saint Nicholas, and it is safe to say that I was delighted- I couldn't wait to wear them all day, everyday as a complete staple to my wardrobe...so why is it that they have been worn not once and stayed safely tucked away in it's shoe box gathering dust?

Well, they are just so flippin... white.



There is something so unbelievably off-putting about seeing pristine white converse and I desperately need to wear them around and get them looking worn. At the moment they are a luminous white that seems to glow in daylight and I cringe whenever I wear them outside.

In the words of Alexa Chung in her book 'It':



Saying all this, I don't want to turn them an unattractive shade of brown. I live in the country and if I wear them on a walk or to the park, they will be absolutely wrecked- do you see my dilemma?

Seriously though, if any of you have any tips as to how to make White Converse look worn (without actually wearing them), let me know! Have any of you encountered this problem?

See you soon x

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Sunday, 11 January 2015

My Thoughts on The Tanya Burr Lip Glosses.

Hi everyone!

While writing this post, I am watching Pretty Little Liars. It is amazing, but seriously, can someone just tell me who "A" is?

I know, I am very late in jumping onto the bandwagon with
 this one. To be honest, I'm not sure if the bandwagon is even there anymore to jump on and the beauty world has moved onto some other product or brand. Personally I don't really watch Tanya Burr on YouTube, so I'm not among the thousands of 'Burr-Bears' to buy these, but there was so much hype around her releasing her makeup line that I couldn't resist trying out some of her lip glosses because, I think it is safe to say that I am a lip gloss junkie.

Now that the hype has somewhat died down, I couldn't resist putting in my tuppence worth..




I bought these at Superdrug for £3 each instead of their usual RRP of £6. The bottom of the plastic wrapping had  been damaged (hence the discount),but not enough for someone to have fully opened it and used it, so curiosity took hold and I grabbed them and took them to the till to pay.

 I wanted a bold color hence the reddish orange "Lets Travel The World" and I had heard so much about "Picnic in the Park" from various beauty vloggers that I wanted to try it for myself- plus I thought it could be a good everyday gloss.



I personally don't think that they are very true to colour- both are lighter than they appear in the tube. This personally doesn't bother me but I know it would be an issue for other people.

I love the packaging, many have compared it to the Chanel and I completely agree. It's so sleek and shiny- I love it.

It has a flexible doe foot applicator which I really like .Both are quite translucent and the consistency is very creamy and goes slightly sticky after a short time which helps it stay for a long time, I can go about 45 minutes between each application- which for me is very good.

One frustrating thing about it is it has a tendency to gather in the creases of my lips, so I have to keep blending it out every so often by rubbing my lips together.

They both smell amazing- of strawberry laces. I love it but I think maybe some might consider it 'sickly sweet' depending on your preferences.


(Estee Lauder on the left and Tanya Burr on the right)

I have found it to be a dupe for one of my other Estee Lauder colours in 'Rock Candy'. Although it does look to be a shimmer you can barely see it on the lips- these colours are seriously so similar, although my Estee Lauder one does last slightly longer but then again, it cost 3 times the price and only has 3/4 of the product.

Have any of you tried any products from the Tanya Burr range. I would love to know your thoughts so leave them down below. Also, any guesses as to who 'A' could be- for PLL fans!

See you soon!

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Monday, 5 January 2015

Chilly Hill Walks and Cute Cafes

*Warning- Very picture heavy :)*




Yesterday me, my friends and my family all went on a hike up a beautiful hill with the most stunning views ever. I wish we could have admired them properly but at the top the wind speed reached almost 60mph... and it was absolutely freezing, or as we say in Scotland- 'Billy Baltic'.



Views like these are the reason I live in Scotland.


The cafe we visited for a sit down was named 'The Pillars of Hercules'. It was this really cute cafe/farm shop run by the 'Environmentally Conscious', or to put it bluntly- Hippies. Everything was organic and freshly made- completely vegetarian, although I wish I'd passed on the organic cola because, frankly, it was disgusting.

After the horrific experience of trying environmentally friendly cola, I then decided it wasn't for me and ordered a hot chocolate instead.  Once it arrived and I'd taken my first sip I was somewhat disappointed and asked the waitress if she could maybe put in some more chocolate powder. She then informed me that those chocolates that you can see in the picture on the saucer were actually for flavoring and it was a DIY/ make your own hot chocolate. What a lovely idea! But they should probably make a habit of telling people this before serving it, so fools like me don't sit for a solid 5 minutes wondering what on earth is wrong with their drink.


The soup was absolutely delicious and the bread was freshly made. Also I think I am now partial to organic butter now because it was just so creamy and mmmm. That's all.


The farm shop was so cute and they sold all sorts of products, from henna hair dye to organic deodorant to the adorable bags of tea and coffee that you can see pictured. The atmosphere was just so cosy and lovely like how you feel when you wear all your warmest clothes outside on a freezing day.
Places like that are just sooo me.

 

Also, I couldn't resist including a picture of this stunning vespa that was parked outside. It's just too cool. 

Thanks for reading everyone! I hope you enjoyed the pictures and reading about my day out. Leave a comment below telling me if you liked it and what you did at the weekend. Also, if you have a blog, please link it below as I love reading them!

See you soon x

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Friday, 2 January 2015

My New Years Resolutions.

Hello!

I am not sure how to begin my first post. Great start.

I thought as it is now only the second day of the new year it might be nice to share my 'New Years Resolutions' with my blog. I can assure you now that only a third (if I am doing really well) of these will be kept till next year, but writing them down and sharing them will you all might provide some motivation. I will warn you now that some of these are extremely vague and cheesy, but I like to keep them that way so that there is a better chance of fulfilling them -that's the type of person I am.


1. Start a blog
One down, seven to go. I have wanted to start a blog for so long but I've been so busy with school, Netflix and general procrastination that it's taken me quite some time to get my butt into gear and actually begin. I have no idea what direction I want to take this space but for now it's going to be a lifestyle/beauty/mundane ramblings blog.

2. Get fitter and healthier
when I say this, I don't mean lose weight, I mean take a more active interest in my health, because whenever I do have the occasional health kick I always see a massive difference in all parts of my life- my energy, my skin, my mood. Saying  all this, I'm not sure how well this will actually go as I am a serial chocolate addict and couch potato who can find almost no motivation to do anything.

3. Prioritise people who prioritise me.
So cheesy and clich├ęd, but so important. All of last year I let people in my life who made me happy 10% of the time I was with them, and the rest was just for their own personal gain- if they weren't getting something from me all the time then they wouldn't give me the time of day. This year I am going to spend more time with people I am happy with and make me feel valued. Goodness, I am so deep it's unreal.

4. Train my dog
This one is random but I really want this to happen. This year my family got a black standard schnauzer, and while he is a delight, he probably is the worst behaved dog in the whole of the UK, if not the world. At the very least I need him to stop savaging the postman because I have received a lot of dirty looks from him recently...

*UPDATE* Today we took him on a walk and he chased a horse round the field for a solid 5 minutes.

5. Do better at school
While I am already doing pretty well at school, I have definitely been slacking and want to do a lot better. I made the horrendous mistake of taking physics, chemistry and biology- what was I thinking? Anyway, this year I want to prioritise school and have set the ambitious goal of getting at least 90% in every test. I know, what am I thinking?

6. Socialise more
To be honest, I am reluctant to include this one, as I am a firm believer in quality over quantity, but this year I would like to talk to more people and be more outgoing. I made a real effort to do this last year and my confidence grew so much.

7. Save my money
This is something I struggle with a lot, and by 'struggle with a lot' I basically mean I don't do it at all. I always come home with random purchases that I look over and wonder why on earth I bought it. I am saving up to buy a really good compact camera, specifically a GoPro Hero as I am planning to go travelling in a couple of years and would love to capture it all on camera, because in my opinion, the memories are always the best part.

8. Have a goal
This year is the year before all my exams and I want to have a goal to work towards and by a goal I mean have a general idea of what I want to do with my life and be in 10 years time. I just want to find a dream and run with it.

I really enjoyed writing this post and look forward to many more to come.
Thanks so much for reading if you've made it all the way to the end.

Comment below your New Years Resolutions, I would love to know some of yours. I would also love some blogging advice if you have any.

See you next time x