Friday, 15 December 2017

A Very Snowy Day!

For the first time in many years, a thick blanket of snow covered the city I live in and I don't think I have ever seen it so deep in my entire life.

My work got cancelled - like most things as the UK seems to not be able to cope with any snowy circumstances - so I braved the freezing cold all wrapped up for a lovely peaceful walk. The snow was virtually untouched looking beautiful so I couldn't resist taking some photographs. The walk also was the perfect thing to clear my mind, to appreciate life, nature and its natural beauty.

It really looked magical with all I can describe it as; is being like Narnia.

Did you get snow? Did you embrace it or hate it?


Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Christmas Wishlist!

Whenever a new season rolls around I love seeing what's hit the shelves and I fancy treating myself too. As it's Christmas I decided to do more of a gift guide style as in NO WAY would I expect to receive any of these gifts and especially wouldn't dream of asking for them but thought this would be a great idea for anyone stuck for pressie ideas for their loved ones.

- Studio Lighting
- Canon 700d
- New Look Red Heeled Chelsea Boots
- Pink Van's
- ABH Dipbrow Pomade - Soft Brown
- Ted Baker Leather Gloves
 - Cream Hand Mixer
- YSL Black Opium Perfume
- Benefit Head Over Hills Gift Set


Sunday, 10 December 2017

Hogwarts In The Snow!

Yesterday was quite possibly the most magical day of my life. With excited definitely being an understatement. I received tickets to go for my birthday back in June but I knew I wanted to experience it in winter so after 6 months of waiting I finally got to see the most spectacular and magical thing. Before going I didn't look at any pictures on social media and wouldn't listen to anyone who said what was there as I wanted it to be a complete surprise which it most definitely was. 

(So I wouldn't recommend looking at these pictures if you want the same effect!) 


It began with walking around the Great Hall, Gryffindor's common room and all of the magical special effects before flying a broomstick over the streets, rivers and Hogwarts itself via a green screen - photographs are available at every stop of course - then came Dumbledores study, Hagrid's hut and even more smaller items are shown such as the Golden Snitch, wands and Horcrux's. The amount of effort that goes into a tiny object is incredible. 

The forbidden forest (the newest feature of the tour) was like the rest... Amazing! With giant trees, smoke and a couple of surprises along the way. Then came one of the things I looked forward to the most! The Hogwarts express! After pushing my trolley through to platform 93/4 I grabbed a few photos and boarded the train to see how it evolved over the films. A quick stop at the railway shop for merchandise and then came to the cafe for a bite to eat and maybe even a butterbeer if you fancy! 

Outside were the bigger sets Privet Drive, the Knight Bus, Hogwarts Bridge and much more to look in awe at. Before the final stops of Diagon Alley and of course Hogwarts itself. As I walked through the doors the castle took my breath away, whilst the snow created even more magic and beauty. 

The tour was amazing and if you couldn't tell already I loved every moment and I would definitely recommend going especially if you love the magical world of Harry Potter as much as myself.


Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Festive Room Tour

Kicking off the festivities on my blog I thought I would share some photographs of the hints to the Christmas period that have graced my bedroom. I haven't gone too over the top this year with just the odd bits of tinsel, fairy lights and my lovely tree which may I say I am very very proud of. I put my decorations up on Sunday and it definitely got me in the spirit and in full Christmas mode!

Silver Tinsel 
Primark Mini Baubles 
Primark Baubles
Primark Coloured Lights
Primark Clear Lights 
Wilko's Snow Covered Pine Cones 
Matalan Light Decoration
Snow Globe (Christmas Market) 


Monday, 27 November 2017

December Goals!

If you don't regularly read my blog you won't know that I struggle to stay organised or motivated so once again my life has gone into complete chaos with too many things to do and very little time meaning time to enjoy myself has been very limited. So I have decided to plan around 5 goals each month to help me face up to life like a boss. Originally I planned to start this in January as a new year, new start but I can't keep saying I'll do it tomorrow, or next week or next month otherwise nothing will ever happen. The goals are also aren't very specific but that's because I have so much to do but that will change as my organisation increases and a few things I don't want to specify in case I jinx it!


Due to my lack of organisation, I have definitely neglected a lot of the people most important to me so I need to get my act together especially as Christmas quickly approaches

I am constantly trying to strive to achieve the next best thing which does put an awful lot of pressure on me but is also more of a life goal, however, this is my first post about goals so I thought I could include it!

Mindfulness is something I seriously never believed in, but along with a positive attitude, I am definitely seeing the benefits in my mental health which I aim to improve in the coming month.


I already have an idea of what this will be and hopefully, if all goes to plan this should happen and if it does I don't think things could get any better.


A more light-hearted one but one that is equally important. As I said at the start I need to have more time for me by organising myself and Christmas is definitely the time to enjoy myself.


Sunday, 5 November 2017

25 Things That Make Me Happy

1. Family & Friends
2. Overcoming a struggle
3. Being Cosy
4. Fairy Lights
5. Idyllic Settings
6. Christmas
7. Unbelievably soft clothing
8. A great book
9. Achievement
10. & Completion 
11. A pair of shoes which don't kill my feet
12. Olly Murs 
13. Dancing like no one's watching 
14. Looking through photo's
15. Finding new places
16. Baking
17. Meeting new people
18. Soft scarves, jumpers and blankets
19. Cute puppies
20. Pizza
21. Doughnuts
22. Perfection
23. Freshly cut flowers
24. Sunshine
25. Smiles 


Sunday, 29 October 2017

6 Ways To Get In The Halloween Spirit

Halloween has soon become one of my favourite times of year as there's so much to do and a great excuse to get together with friends and family as it appeals to people of any age. So I thought I would share my favourite things to do at this time of year.

1. Carve Pumpkins
Every year I look forward to carving into the biggest pumpkin I can find and making it look terrifying even though mine always ends up looking slightly cuter or cheeky I don't know why! But never the less gets me in the spirit. Plus just the feel of scooping out the squelchy insides is enough to feel gory! (Or is that just me!) 

2. Dress Up
Unless your going to a party or fright night this is probably a bit harder as I'm definitely not suggesting dressing up as a vampire or zombie on Halloween and going to do your shopping - unless that's what floats your boat obvs - but I am a massive fan of the t-shirts and jumpers that highstreet stores release with the cute little puns. I got mine from NewLook with a little ghost that says Boooootiful which I thought was proper cute! There are loads available and can easily be styled to suit whatever you may be doing even if it's just a day at college!

3. A Halloween Party 
I can't remember the last time I went to a proper Halloween party but I ALWAYS have a little gathering at least where we eat a lot of food, have some gory Halloween sweet treats and watch scary movies. It's a great excuse to get together whilst also celebrating the season.

4. A Scare Night
This is my absolute favourite thing about Halloween! This is when farms or forests create scare mazes where people essentially jump out at you and scare you. One of the most raved about is Tulleys Farm which I would love to go to but is a bit far from where I live but there are some great ones usually close to everyone's local area.

5. Halloween Films
I don't think I have ever had a Halloween without watching Hocus Pocus which is an absolute classic. I'm not a massive fan of horror movies as I find them a bit boring even though I do watch them I much prefer the Halloween related films so you can find something to suit everyone. TV series are also great such as Stranger Things or The Vampire Diaries which never seem to fail me.

6. Halloween Baking
This is my favourite past time so at Halloween its the perfect excuse to make endless ghoulish cakes and biscuits but if you're not a fan of baking you can also get some pretty good already made ones from your local supermarket. Pinterest is a great place to look for ideas. 




Sunday, 15 October 2017

My Favourite Quotes

Oh, I do love a good quote and over my years I have come across quite a few that I live by and inspire me on a daily basis. Whilst there are some, people have repeatedly told me in my lowest moments which have stuck with me and make them even more special.

'She Believed She Could So She Did'  

'Every cloud has a silver lining'

'You can have all the talent in the world but
 if you don't work hard at it, it'll never become you' - Olly Murs

'Life begins at the end of your comfort zone'

'Don't let someone dim your light because it's shining brighter than theres'

'Beauty begins the moment you be yourself' - Coco Chanel

'Everything will be okay'

'Be a princess with the strength of a warrior'

'F.E.A.R has two meanings:
Forget Everything And Run
Face Everything And Rise'

'Just Say Yes'

'Always look on the bright side of life'

'Enjoy the little things in life for one day
you will look back to realise they were the most important things'

'Be the best version of you'


Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Memories Last Forever!

Over the past months I have been keeping a scrapbook and I love it. I stick in photos from the places I have been or things I have done and keep any tickets or memorabilia such as postcards and make a collage of each place on each page. The techniques used in my scrapbook are no different to the next persons with just a bit of cutting, a bit of sticking and a bit of doodling so I'm not here to say how its done as its pretty obvious but I wanted to share a few pages and encourage the idea of keeping one. 

Everything nowadays is digital which in some ways is great as everything is backed up but on the other hand, how many times do you look at the photos you have taken? and also why throw away small bits of paper when they are memories. Of course I'm not suggesting everything is worth keeping but in the future I can't think of anything better than looking back through my scrapbook with family members who might not even have experienced it and laughing, smiling fondly at memories which I am so glad to have made. 

I now appreciate every moment. 

While creating the page I think of the extremely happy time and get the same warm fuzzy feeling as I did on the day which I do not believe you can get digitally.


Sunday, 8 October 2017

OOTD | Staying Cosy In Autumn

I've said it once and I'll say it again... Autumn fashion is hands down my absolute favourite and this year is definitely no different! As soon as I saw this coat, it screamed cosy and I wasn't wrong! It is like a massive dressing gown that I can wear outside and I don't think ANYBODY would have a problem with that! The colour also sums up Autumn as it is a burnt orange colour so is completely wearable with anything autumnal. I was also seriously impressed by the quality of it as it was my first time buying from In The Style but its amazing. The woolliness also continues all the way down the arms so its perfect now its getting cold. I paired this with a slightly darker burnt orange tartan scarf from Primark. Then the other item of clothing I am living in at the moment which is this bardot grey jumper dress from Pretty Little Thing. It is a body con fit so it is super flattering on me and again very warm and cosy. Its perfect to dress up or down. For footwear I went for over the knee black suede boots from New Look which again add to the autumnal vibe. I kept the jewellery quite minimal but wore a layered choker necklace from Miss Selfridge and my usual 'everyday' rings from Pandora. 



Sunday, 1 October 2017

10 Reasons I Love Autumn

Autumn is arguably the best season of the year and every year I share my love for the slightly colder month through this post so I thought why make this year any different.

1. Crisp, cold weather
I absolutely hate the humidity of summer so I am so grateful when the weather changes plus I know Autumn is finally hear so I can then change my fashion and all the other great things you can find out when you keep reading ;-) 

2. Boots
They are my favourite type of shoe and I have more pairs than I can count. With a big pair of socks underneath to keep my toes warm or with a pair of tights and a skirt. There's never ending choices of outfits and I never get bored of it!

3. Scarves
Another thing I can't count how many I own are scarves. I see a nice one. I get it. It's like a constant hug when ones wrapped round you especially the massive ones which go round twice. They're just so soft, snuggly and warm I love them.

4. Pyjama's and Dressing Gowns
Autumns the perfect excuse to cuddle up in a good pair of jim jams earlier than would usually be appropriate. Come home in the evening and straightaway you can snuggle down with a hot drink, snacks and a great TV.

5. Films and Great TV
Autumns the time when all the great TV gets put on. The dramas, the reality TV like the X Factor and I'm a Celebrity plus The Great British Bake Off. Netflix is bringing out Stranger Things and Riverdale. AND then theres the excuse to watch films such as Hocus Pocus. Cosy nights in occupied by all those sounds brilliant to me!

6. Hallowe'en
I don't really do anything special but even so there's something so nice about knowing it it Hallowe'en  and watching a scary film, carving a pumpkin or my annual trip to a horror/thrill fest its just a great time of year.

7. Bonfire Night
This is my third favourite day of the year - i know a bit specific but christmas obvs number one and then my birthdays a strong contender! aha - I just love wrapping up warm and going to a firework display. This year I am more than likely working on bonfire night at the event but even so I love to watch the show and experience the atmosphere. 

8. The things to do
This leads on from Hallowe'en and Bonfire Night but in Autumn there is so much to do theres the days like above and all the fun things to do around them plus they're's the added excitement as everyday Christmas gets nearer and nearer.

9. The food and hot drinks
In Autumn I'm sure I eat my body weight in hot chocolate, hot doughnuts, toffee apples and general unhealthy things but somethings got to keep me warm!

10. The leaves falling
Just walking down the road in Autumn is so idyllic with every step making a crunching noise and its so pretty. That is until it runs and all of a sudden they are all wet and slippy and eurgh the perfect vision doesn't last very long!

What's your favourite thing about Autumn?