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Liebster Award Nomination!

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So a BIG thank you to Carlie because she kindly nominated my blog for a Liebster award! I have never really understood or known much about the Liebster award and this is a great privileged to be nominated! All I know about the Liebster award is that it is an award passed around by bloggers who in turn nominate their favourite bloggers and blogs to answer questions and then nominate others, this helps everyone get to know more about each other and shows a mass of support and promotes others blogs as well as your own.

So this is the requirements for this Liebster award:

  • The chosen nominee gives 11 facts about themselves
  • Answer the questions given to them by their nominator which in my case is Carlie!
  • Link back to the person who nominated them again in my case that’s Carlie 🙂
  • Nominate 11 blogs they love with under 200 followers & give them 11 questions made up by you and let them know you have given them the award as well 🙂

So let’s begin! 11 facts about me:

  1. I have a double jointed thumb! Gross to some but I find it cool because it gives me an advantage when playing thumb wars!
  2. When I listen to my iPod I like to change the song always before it ends, I’m just a little impatient.
  3. I once dyed my hair orange by accident, trying to achieve blonde. Safe to say I am happy being brunette still.
  4. My favourite animal is a Great White Shark!
  5. I have two tattoos at the moment, a medium sized cross on the left side of my back and a little Chinese symbol on the right side of my back.
  6. I once had pierced ears when I was like 10, I had unicorn earrings and my ears had an allergic reaction leading to me having to take them out and my piercing holes closed up and I have never had my ears pierced since.
  7. I love cheese, I think it’s brilliant!
  8. I completed Grand Theft Auto 5 in just about 4 days, I got very little sleep but it was worth it.
  9. I love volunteering and taking an interest in ways I can help people, animals and such because it makes me feel happy 🙂
  10. I love my writing to look neat, if it doesn’t I will re-write everything until it looks presentable.
  11. My favourite flower is a daffodil, but because they are only available a certain time of year I also love roses as well.

So that is 11 facts about myself, now onto the 11 questions Carlie asked!…

 1) Sum up your blog in one sentence – Positive
2) What is the funniest selfie you’ve ever taken? (bonus points for putting it up!) – Probably this one…. 
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3) Favourite skincare Brand? – I’d have to say either Clearasil or Nivea.
4) What do you order from a coffee shop? – A cup of tea and a muffin 🙂
5) What languages do you speak? – Basic and I mean basic Japanese, French, Spanish.
6) What’s your favourite movie? – I have to many favourite movies!
7) If you could meet one blogger face to face, who would it be and why?- I’d love to meet all the bloggers that have supported me and my blog face to face because they’re all so lovely.
8) When putting make up on, what do you generally play up? (eyeliner? bright lipstick?) – I tend to generally concentrate more on my eyes, so eye shadow and mascara!
9) What is your go to food of choice? – Lasagne with garlic bread!
10) In any given week, how many ways would you say you style your hair? – I’d say dependent on weather, at least 3 or 4.
11) What has been your most rewarding experience so far? – My most rewarding experience so far would be both my blog and also helping out with charity work in various places.

So now onto my questions for my nominees! >>>

  1. Name someone who inspires you (Famous/non famous)?
  2. What’s your favourite colour and why?
  3. Tea/Coffee?
  4. Do you have a blogger you are exceptionally close to and how did you start becoming so close?
  5. Favourite season of year?
  6. If you could go back to any period of time in the past where would you go and why?
  7. Something you hate?
  8. Something you have learned from blogging?
  9. Favourite type of film?
  10. How long do you spend blogging each week?
  11. Most prized possession?

AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST THE NOMINEES!

Thank you once again Carlie for nominating me! I loved joining in and I hope the girls I nominated enjoy it just as much! 🙂

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30 day photo challenge!

So I have been seeing a lot of the 30 day photo challenges around lately and after looking at loads I couldn’t find one that suited me so I decided to make my own one up because after all its just for fun anyway! I am starting it tomorrow because I’m too impatient to wait for the 1st of March and plus I want to just get it started, I don’t think it matters if you don’t start on the first anyway 🙂

Feel free to take the challenge from below and do it yourself, I think it’s worth doing just because the keywords are open to interpretation and it’ll be interesting what others come up with but let me know if you do and such so I can see the photo’s!

I’ll be posting my first picture tomorrow! NATURE 🙂

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Changes, changes, changes!

So I haven’t really wrote a blog post in quite a while and that’s down to a lot of factors like university and also my inability to work out where I want my blog to go from here (Sigh). Many of you may know that I started blogging back around April last year and it is something I quite enjoy doing, I have gained some lovely followers and on top of that I find blogging to be quite fun! But this year I would like my blog to go in a different direction, before my blog was about fashion, beauty and such but now I would really like to move to an all round blog where I do not have to just post one specific genre of posts and I get to post about everything and anything from places I may travel, food I cook or try, life goals and inspirations, general chit chat and everything else you can think of because I think it will be quite a good boost for my blog and myself to be able to feel free to write about anything I like and that’s what blogging is about in the end 🙂

So this post is just to let you all know, I wont strictly be a fashion/beauty blog anymore although I will still do some fashion and beauty inspired posts among many others that are to come 🙂

I hope you all stick around to see this year with me!

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Saturday Blogger Interviews – Tara Joy

Name: Tara Joy

Location: Florida

Age: 19

What sort of things do you blog about most: I mostly blog about product reviews, outfit posts, and some personal stuff here and there. It’s a big combination of anything and everything I feel like talking about.
Name three words to describe your blog: Relaxed, chatty, and of course, bow-filled.
When did you first start blogging: I first started blogging in May of 2012.
Why did you begin to blog: I started blogging because I needed someone to chat with about clothes, makeup, and skincare. I was definitely talking off my beau’s ear and there was only so much talk about different lipstick finishes he could handle. It was a fun idea I had toyed around with and I’m so glad I did it.
What’s one blogging tip that you would share with other potential bloggers: Don’t pay attention to the numbers. The #1 thing I couldn’t care less about is how many people follow or read what I have to say. Of course, without followers there isn’t a lot of interaction, but I don’t understand the big deal. I loved my blog at 3 followers and I still loved my blog the same at 300 followers. If you’re doing it for the numbers maybe that’s the wrong reason to.
Do you see yourself still blogging in three/five years time: Absolutely. It’s something that is more than a hobby to me. It makes me feel really connected to my girly side. I love being able to talk to people about the things that make me happy and blogging is one great way to do it.
What’s one of the best things about being a blogger: I just love the fact that we are all into talking about the same things. It’s so nice to be able to look to tons of awesome people for opinions on anything and everything you could possibly imagine. It’s a cool thing.
Has blogging helped you significantly in any other way: Blogging has helped me stay glued to the camera. I grew up wanting to be a photographer and to go to art school. Even though I’m not in art school, I like having reasons to get behind the camera and be artistic.
Name one thing that inspires you: My friends are a huge inspiration to me. Honestly, they’re all so fun loving and goofy. All of us have very different distinct senses of style and I love to mix up my own style with some add ins of theirs like graphic tees and trainers.
Share one of your favourite quotes: “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” – Earl Nightingale
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Saturday Blogger Interviews – Ashlyn Shore

Name: Ashlyn Shore
 
Location: Vancouver, BC
 
Age: 23
 
 
Facebook/Twitter: @Ashlyn_Shore (No Facebook)
 
What sort of things do you blog about most: 
I blog about anything really, but usually it’s book reviews and articles. My articles are about writing tips, advice, story structures, anything that may be useful to other writers. Sometimes I post short stories to let my readers know what my writing style really is. My book reviews are usually about books I’ve read and loved, but also the books that aren’t as popular as Harry Potter or The Hunger Games. I even blog about my opinions of things, like books and movie adaptions.
 
Name three words to describe your blog: inspirational, informative, and creative.
 
When did you first start blogging:
A little while after my birthday, exactly on June 28th 2013, so not that long ago. One day I just woke up with hundreds of page views and followers, it was a dream come true for any blogger. I actually tried blogging a few years back, ultimately failing to attract readers and I gave up on all of them. I’m glad I continued with this one, though!
 
Why did you begin to blog:
Before I began blogging, most of my friends and family knew I took creative writing seriously. I wanted to express myself through my writing, but clearly it wasn’t strong enough. Then one day a friend came up to me and suggested I start a blog to express my thoughts and feelings about writing. I considered it and created my blog through Blogger. It was actually quite fun, and to this day I feel that I can truly express myself in any way through my blog.
 
What’s one blogging tip that you would share with other potential bloggers:
Focus on the content of your blog, what you have written, the appearance, and manage all your useful widgets. Don’t waste your time attracting readers if there is nothing good to read. Always remember, content first, promotion second.
 
Do you see yourself still blogging in three/five years time:
I see myself blogging until I publish my first book. There is no way to tell when that will be, but surely more than four years. I will continue to blog and help boost confidence in others as my writing skills improve. Even after I publish a book or two, I won’t abandon my blog, but instead, expand my knowledge and share even more with my ever-growing number of readers.
 
What’s one of the best things about being a blogger:
One of the best things about being a blogger is connecting with your readers. Usually, your readers are those who have similar interests with you, which is what draws them to your blog. When you connect with your readers and make friends with them, you can exchange advice and ask them what they would like to see on your blog next. That way, your blog will become even better and your readers will like how you consider each of their opinions. It’s also great to run into another blogger. They can give you tips and secrets that will help enhance your blog. So it’s always great to connect with those around you whether through blogging or in life.
 
Has blogging helped you significantly in any other way:
Through blogging, I learned to grow through my writing and have confidence in myself. Before I would be more reluctant before writing something in my stories, but now I would just take the chance and go back to it later in my second draft. Sometimes you just have to take the chance follow your heart in the right direction it takes you. Blogging has definitely boosted my confidence and made me a better person.
 
Name one thing that inspires you:
Nature. I’m more country than I am city and I absolutely adore strolling through gardens and forests. Sometimes when I hear a rustle in the bushes nearby, my inner idealist takes over. There could be anything in there, from a fairy to a bear! I like taking photos of my surroundings when I’m hiking a forest trail or relaxing in a garden. That way, I can always look back at them at home and maybe spark an idea for another story to post on my blog.
 
Share one of your favourite quotes: “This is for writers yet to be published who think the uphill climb will never end. Keep believing.” – Terry Brooks
 
 

Saturday Blogger Interviews – Georgia Hathaway

Name: Georgia Hathaway
Location: South Wales but I visit London quite often.
Age: 23 (24 in September!)
Twitter: @GeorgiaHathaway
What sort of things do you blog about most:
I concentrate on fashion: news, culture, supermodels, style icons, trends, looks, outfits, brands I like…there’s always lots to post about!
Name three words to describe your blog:
Informative, light-hearted
When did you first start blogging: November 2012
Why did you begin to blog:  After years of writing my own fashion articles for fun, working in retail, style spotting everywhere I go, writing fashion features for my college/university magazines, interning at any newspaper/magazine who would have me, contributing blog posts to a local online fashion boutique and yearning to write about clothes for a living, I decided to take the plunge and create Fashion Oyster!
What’s one blogging tip that you would share with other potential bloggers: Don’t compare your blog to anyone else’s!
Do you see yourself still blogging in three/five years time: Definitely! I love writing- I can’t imagine not doing it!
What’s one of the best things about being a blogger: The freedom to write what you want and being recognised for your writing!
Has blogging helped you significantly in any other way: It’s certainly opened doors for me- I was shortlisted for a Company Magazine Style Blogger Award earlier this year and I get several invites for fashion events/press days, which is a nice bonus.
Name one thing that inspires you: Magazine interns who work hard and get where they want to be- they give me so much hope for the future!
Share one of your favourite quotes: “Behind every success is effort, behind every effort is passion, behind every passion is someone with the courage to try.”- Victoria Beckham
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Millie ‘n’ Mae Boutique – Brown Vintage Carriage Scarf and Tan Brown Leather Bracelet Promotional Present with discount code*

A long time ago I came across a very sweet and unique boutique called “Millie ‘n’ Mae” and I loved this online boutique because it seemed to sell such quirky and cute things! I emailed them and asked to do a blogging promotional exchange and they happily agreed, so lucky me I got to review two of their beautiful items from their online store here on my blog for all your lovely followers to enjoy!

The boutique sells items such as necklaces and bracelets as well as scarves and other various fashion fun pieces, if you’re looking for a signature piece to complete your outfit then I suggest taking a look here! Not only is the service incredibly fast and friendly, they made me feel more than welcome and were happy to always help! I excitedly received my parcel in the post from “Millie ‘n’ Mae” and took a peek at the treasures inside, I had chosen to review a brown vintage carriage scarf made of 100% polyester and a lovely tan leather brown magnetic clasp bracelet.

The quality of these items was good and they really looked lovely! I loved the colours of the scarf as it can be worn with a variety of vests, t-shirts or even dresses and the bracelet looks really exceptionally well made, I love that it has a magnetic clasp as it makes it easier to take off and put on as well.

Overall I would say the whole interaction with the store has been more than pleasant and very jolly which is always great 🙂 Millie ‘n’ Mae were also kind enough to give all my followers a further 20% discount from there already reasonably cheap prices which is utterly lovely of them and I am sure my followers will love to browse around their online boutique!

The discount code is: URBANITE20

There are photos below of the items, but as I am home from university and my usual photographer is not over at the moment I had to take some self shots! Please excuse the camera quality as the real life items are so much more beautiful in real life 🙂

Make sure you take a look at their home page here: http://millie-n-mae.co.uk/ and they also have Twitter as well so be sure to follow them and show your support for there ever emerging business! https://twitter.com/MillienMae

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Clearasil Daily Clear Vitamin & Extracts Scrub (Avocado and Pomegranate)

Lately my skin has not been amazingly great, due to the fact I probably haven’t ate very good foods to promote healthy skin (That’ll all change though!) and I have felt a little stressed as well so my skin has suffered naturally promoting spots 😦 So when I was in Superdrug the other day I picked up Clearasil Daily Clear Vitamin & Extracts Scrub (Avocado and Pomegranate) in the hope that it would revive my skin a little!

This scrub apparently contains vitamins like vitamin E and contains avocado and pomegranate extracts which promote healthier skin with the aid of anti oxidants and exfoliating beads. The formula itself is quite thick in consistency but is not hard to rub in, I was super excited to use this product but sadly it has had no prevail to my skin, I have been using it for just about a week and have not seen much improvement, but perhaps I am hoping this is due to the fact I need to use it a little longer so I will keep on using it and see how it goes 🙂

The scrub itself smells delicious and I love the Clearasil brand as I believe in their promises and aims (Not sure why?! They just seem more reliable) but this product does not seem to be as powerful as their usual stuff which is kind of a down point. However overall I do still love this product regardless and will continue to give it a second chance 🙂

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Keeping My WordPress

Hello Everyone,

 

Earlier today I was debating on whether to make the switch to Blogspot of to keep my WordPress, and after much decision making I have decided to stick with my WordPress as it is where my blogging first started and everything I have made out of myself I owe to this site, my blog and my faithful followers on here as well.

Lately I haven’t blogged in a very long time and that’s because I had writer’s block for a substantial amount of time and I just was not in the mood to blog, but I have got my spark back so expect some new and improved posts! I have also changed the background design of my blog which I hope you’ll all love 🙂

Please continue to follow me on Twitter, my Facebook blog page and also especially Bloglovin! and I will be sure to follow back and check out your blogs as well 🙂

Hope you are all well!

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Hello June!

So it’s the beginning of the month June & so far it’s been rather sunny and wonderful, so I thought I would do a little post about June so far! 🙂 I have been happily sunbathing with my partner and also just spending some time working on my blog, although I have a little bit of writers block at the moment 😦 I have great ideas but just can’t seem to concentrate enough to write posts, which sucks! I am sure it’ll all get back to normal soon and I’ll be happily posting constantly again 🙂 Anyway happy June everyone! 😀

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