Wednesday, 31 August 2016

A WEEK IN THE COTSWOLDS - AUGUST 2016

Hi guys, today I really wanted to share some photos from the start of August on my blog. So, on the 5th of August we jumped in the car (Mum, Dad, sisters, dogs and I) and drove to the Cotswolds. I've always wanted to visit the Cotswolds so we rented a little holiday home in a village called Little Coxwell. I'd say it was in a pretty perfect location for us and we has a closed garden at the back for the dogs which was great.

This was the first holiday that Ben and Max had been on and they were so good, despite Ben being petrified in the car all the way there :( These photos don't really have an order but they're just a few that I took throughout the week and wanted to document them here. I hope you like them!

The dogs settled in really quickly and thankfully stayed off the furniture too!
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Sunday, 21 August 2016

20 THINGS I'VE LEARNT IN 20 YEARS

So, on August 18th I turned 20 YEARS OLD. I seriously cannot believe my teenage years are over. Of course I've had ups and downs over the last few years but I wanted to share some words of wisdom (I'm using that term incredibly loosely). So here's 20 things I've learnt in 20 years. Enjoy. If you have any lessons you've learnt be sure to leave a comment :)

1. You're allowed to walk around looking like a sloth some days and then do a full face of make up the next, do what makes you feel good. In reality who can be bothered to paint their face EVERY SINGLE DAY (not me).

2. Being nice to people is so much easier than being a bitch. Never let anyone feel insignificant. There's no better feeling than making others happy and in turn this will make you happy. So be kind.

3. Education isn't and shouldn't feel like a chore. Study subjects you love even if it doesn't secure you a career instantly.

4. Follow your gut and make the decisions that feel right for you. Believe that everything happens for a reason.

5. No one thinks you're a loser for writing a blog, no one really gives a shit tbh.

6. Do everything at your own speed, if I went by the level that people my age are studying then I'm technically two years behind but who cares, I'm studying what I love and that's all that matters.

7. If you wait for a 'right time' you'll be waiting forever.

8. Quality over quantity with everything.

9. You're never on your own. No matter how isolated or lonely you feel, know that there's someone else that has felt exactly the same as you do now and know that this will pass.

10. Go for your passions, don't even question if you'll make it. Be determined and you'll get there. NEVER EVER give up on your dreams.

11. Discard toxic people/environments. There really is no need to be dragging around extra baggage. Life can be pretty shitty at times, the only people/things you want around you should be positive. There's no room for negativity.

12. Take photos, record videos, write a blogpost, embrace the 21st century technology that is at your finger tips right now.

13. You don't always need to ask for other people's opinions/approval. If something makes you happy then you need to continue doing it regardless of other peoples opinions.

14. A good night's sleep is always better than attempting to pull an all nighter to finish work. You're likely in a panicky state late at night, just have a sleep and wake up the next morning feeling prepared and ready to smash it. No deadline is worth sacrificing sleep.

15. You think that the positives of working from home is that you can spend your whole day in pyjamas, incorrect. There's no way you can be as productive as you can while wearing clothes that you sleep in.

16. You are so capable, never let the voice inside your head scare you out of doing things that you know you'll enjoy.

17. Everyone is busy, it's life and it's part of growing up. Make sure that this doesn't damage friendships, text people back and meet up with old friends.

18. Great friendships can be made and maintained through a computer screen. Don't listen to old fogeys who are always telling you to 'get off your phone'. I mean, do look up from your phone sometimes!

19. Wear the clothes that YOU like, there's no point in pretending to be someone you're not for the benefit of people you pass in the street.

20. London is my favourite city full stop. If you need somewhere to go on a shitty day then London is the best option.
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Friday, 19 August 2016

TURNING 20

I cannot believe it. Yesterday I turned 20. TWENTY YEARS OLD. wth. Does this mean that I'm a fully fledged adult now?! I spent the day shopping with my Mum and sisters. It was a super chilled day which is just how I like it, I hate all attention being focused on me in the form of a family gathering/ people singing happy birthday to me (I'm weird I know).

Anyway, I just thought I'd share my thoughts on turning 20 and perhaps a few things that I hope to achieve over the next year.

So, first of all I feel more grown up. I wish to be self employed while at college/ when I finish college and I feel like people are going to take me and my business idea more seriously now that I'm out of my teens. It's easy for people to assume that you have a low maturity level whilst in your teens, this is something that I totally disagree with however I do think it's going to be a positive thing for me.

I can be my own person. I can go where I want to go, I can organise to meet people I've never seen in real life (hi blogger friends :)) and I can be independent. I had the greatest time meeting like minded people last week and have already booked another event that's happening in November.

Over the next year I'm really going to push my business idea as far as I possibly can. I've got everything I physically need for it to be successful, I just need to put in the time and hard work for it to start paying off for me. I'm still chasing my dream of making YouTube videos and pushing my blog further creatively. My views are growing all the time and I know that, just like my online shop, it will take time and perseverance but I'm beginning to see the light at the end of this long and windy tunnel.

So that's my thoughts on turning 20, all positive and happy thoughts from me. Tomorrow I've got a fun/ slightly serious posts called '20 things I've learned in 20 years'. It does what it says on the tin, I thought of doing this post for several months so it's a list I've been compiling for a while. See you tomorrow!
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Wednesday, 17 August 2016

DISTRESSED MOM JEANS | EASTMIDSMEETUP OUTFIT

Following on from my previous post that was all about the #EastMidsMeetup, I thought I'd share my outfit on my blog. A huge thank you to HannahInternational for taking these photos, her blog is linked HERE. So, here's the outfit I wore I hope you like it.

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Monday, 15 August 2016

#EASTMIDSMEETUP | MY FIRST BLOGGING EVENT

I've been blogging on and off for four years now! I can't believe how quickly the time's gone and I'm currently in a position of feeling so proud of my little space on the internet. Being quite the introvert I've never pushed myself to attend any blogging events. However, whilst on holiday in The Cotswolds I saw on one of the blogger groups that I follow that a space at the East Midlands Meet up had become available. I took the plunge and asked for the space.

So, on Saturday 13th August I hopped onto the train (only two stops from the location) and headed to my first blogging event. Having spoken to lots of the girls that were attending I felt really at ease and even met HannahInternational on the train. I was the worst with taking photos because I was super busy chatting to everyone seeing as I'd never met any of them before. A group offs met at the station and walked to Bru, a coffee shop/cafe and all chatted about blogging, cameras and everything else. I had a slice of their chocolate cake and OMG it was amazing! Highly recommend, like I said I totally forgot to take a photo of it.

We then made our way to the meet up which was at Manhattan34 in Leicester. Upon arrival we collected our ice breaker facts (which for the record were really fun because we all ended up walking round the venue asking people if they're scared of cows and the likes). Here are a few of the photos that I managed to capture on the day. The bar is incredible with lots of drinks available. A huge thanks to Danique hair for attending and AngelEyelashes who were styling people's hair and giving guests lash extensions.
I was so thrilled when the lady behind Blogosphere Magazine did a lovely speech. Talking about a magazine that I've loved for so long and giving me hope that maybe someday featuring in the magazine could become a reality. I'd say that's one of my biggest goals for my blog.
Here's a photo of what was inside the amazing goody bag, a huge thank you to all the brands that contributed and I'm really looking forward to trying everything out.

Overall I had such a lovely day and came away feeling so inspired and pleased that I'm a part of this amazing community. I'm already looking out for more events in my area and have booked my ticket for the Blogosphere Christmas Market in November. A few of the girls that I met at the East Midlands Meet up are attending so we're planning on meeting up before hand and going together. I'm not sure what more to say, it was such a brilliant day and it's been really nice to meet people 'in real life' who love the same things as me.

A huge thank you to the organisers who did such an amazing job and thanks to everyone for making me feel so welcome at my first bloggers event.
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Friday, 5 August 2016

THE UDDERBELLY FESTIVAL | SOUTHBANK LONDON

It's a quiet evening for me so I thought I'd have a flip through some of my thousands of photos. I realise that I didn't share a bunch of photos from my trip to London at the start of July. SO, I thought I'd share there photos of one of my favourite places to hang out in London with one of the events that I love attending every single Summer. Unfortunately the 'Udderbelly Festival' has finished for this year but I still wanted to show you around this amazing place.

If you have read my blog for a long time then I am very clear about the fact London is my absolute FAVE, and there's one place in particular that I can't help but visit every single time that I'm in London. Southbank always has such a chilled vibe, it's so touristy doing the day but as the sun sets in the Summer there's a calm relaxing atmosphere replacing the hustle and bustle of a day near the London Eye and Houses of Parliament. This year we attended on a Friday night and it's obvious that all the business men and women head straight out of work to underbelly.

There's a bar, a stand to buy jugs of Pimm's and then lots of food stands selling burgers, pizzas and loads more. I'm not talking about your standard greasy burger, they're delicious. I hope that Udderbelly returns for years to come because with the gorgeous view of the Thames to the left of my seat and the London Eye directly in front of me I couldn't help but feel so content in that moment. London, you're so freaking wonderful, never change please.

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Thursday, 4 August 2016

WHEN WILL I SEE THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL?! | STARTING MY OWN CREATIVE BUSINESS - JULY 2016

So, somehow July has absolutely flown by and I'm doing another 'Starting my own Creative Business' update. If I'm honest there isn't half as much to update you on as I'd have liked. I still feel like the Lord is trying to tell me to give up on the whole idea haha. BUT, I'll continue to persevere and work my butt off to make it happen.

Phone cases are on hold once again, I've managed to print quite a few of my first design but a part of me thinks it's silly to advertise just a couple of cases. I can't buy any more cases due to a delay with the suppliers. MORE DELAYS, MORE WAITING.

In the mean time I've been coming up with more ideas of products that I can sell. I've got some cute little craft cards and I've started drawing on some of them. I like the idea of selling them separately or 3 for an offer price. I'm going to the Cotswolds with my family next week so plan to take my pens and sketchbooks to draw more and just try and create as many product designs as I can.

This evening I've been setting up my Etsy shop. Initially I was undecided as to whether I would sell solely on Etsy or solely on an independent site. After seeking advice from some other small business owners they recommended me doing both. Etsy will help me build a customer base and an independent site will allow repeat customers to shop directly through my own website.

My aim for August is to have a few more phone case designs ready to be printed on the cases when I can eventually get my mitts on them. I'd also like to have a few different hand drawn cards available on my Etsy and website. If you're create I feel like you need to acknowledge that you likely won't have ideas all the time. It's difficult to always have fresh ideas and it's important to not beat yourself up if you haven't been able to come up with a new idea for a design. (I'm learning to keep this in my mind at all times)
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