Monday, 5 March 2018

February Favourites

February Favourites, Jimmy Choo Blossom, Henry London Watch

After January being quite literally the longest month of my life, February has gone by in a flash. It's been quite a busy month with uni in full swing and pretty much a constant stream of deadlines and readings. Despite thinking I had made some really bad module choices, I am slowly starting to enjoy my rogue Victorian Science classes which is a surprise to everyone including myself. I've had some nice dinners out with friends, cosy movie nights in and a sadly large amount of hours spent in the library.

The first thing that absolutely has to be in my favourites is that we won our netball league! Netball is such a huge part of my university life, we train twice a week, have an extra fitness session, have socials once a week then play matches at the weekend. It takes a lot of time and effort and I love it! We have now won enough matches that nobody else in our league can catch us, so although the season is over we have already won the league! Alongside our league we also compete in a knock-out cup, where we have just beaten the team that is currently top of the league above us to reach the semi-finals! It's so rewarding seeing all our hard work from training pay off in matches and I just love it!

I haven't been taking much time in the morning to do my hair and makeup recently, so instead of either straightening or curling my hair I have been reaching for a texture spray to spray and go. I have a few but the one I have been loving recently is the VO5 Texture Spray, it feels nice and light and doesn't leave the hair crunchy which I sometimes find texture sprays do, but voluminous and gets rid of that freshly washed too soft and frizzy hair feeling. It is so much cheaper than some of the more famous texture sprays, so I would definitely say if you are looking for one on a budget then definitely give this a try!

Feb was also the month that saw me whip out the fake tan for the first time in a long time. I love a cheeky fake tan, there's something about feeling bronzed and glowy that gives me such a confidence boost. I have been saving up my boots club card points for a long time now, so I splashed out and picked up the Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam light/Medium and I was so impressed! I normally use the St. Tropez gradual tan to avoid making any mistakes and going streaky, however I needed a quick fix and a deeper colour so decided to just go for it. It was so easy to apply, I did one coat and left it overnight and it didn't really rub off too much on my sheets which I was so thankful for and after showering it off the next day I was a lovely deep but natural tan. I got so many compliments on how natural it looked and there were no streaky disasters! Definitely one to pick up going in to Summer if that's your thang.

If you saw my post about feeling like I didn't have any time, you will have seen my beautiful Henry London watch which I was very kindly sent by the team. I have been loving wearing it throughout Feb, there's something about wearing a watch that makes me feel so smart and put together! It's definitely a favourite that I can see myself wearing throughout the year and for a long time to come.

On a slightly more random note, Camilla Cabello has also been a favourite this month. I have been loving her album 'Camilla'. Favourite songs are definitely 'She Loves Control', 'Real Friends' and 'Never Be The Same.'

My final favourite has been the Jimmy Choo Blossom fragrance. I was given this for Christmas and after wearing nothing but YSL Mon Paris for well over a year I wasn't sure if I was going to be tempted away from it, but oh my goodness this is basically me in a perfume. I love the cocktail of fragrances, it's simultaneously floral and musky and a little bit citrusy. I know a lot of bloggers have been talking about this as part of Jimmy Choo's campaign, however I'm here to say believe the hype. The hype is real. It's beautiful.

One thing that is definitely not making it on to the favourites list is the bloody snow. With a lot of my classes already disrupted due to the current strike action in UK universities, having more classes cancelled and moved around due to the snow has just been a pain. I haven't even gotten to make a snowman or go sledging grr.

Let me know in the comments what you have been loving throughout Feb! March always feels like the start of Spring and with half of it falling in our Spring Break from university I am excited to see what I get up to. Currently I have a lovely afternoon tea and a wee trip away planned (not abroad sadly, but I'm still excited!) so I'm really looking forward to having a small break from uni although sadly due to most of my modules being all coursework I will be spending a significant portion of my time in the library. Which is also not a favourite. Definitely not.


Friday, 2 March 2018

Bloggers Im Currently Loving

Coffee, Boohoo Bag, Bloggers

I feel like in 2018 I have really noticed a big difference in bloggers being bigger fans and cheerleaders of other bloggers. I love seeing retweets of posts and shoutouts on twitter when you love someones work, because it is definitely something that really touches me and makes me really appreciate having people that read and love what I write. One of the best things about blogging is hands down the community of other bloggers that are always happy to chat and share tips and advice. Back in the Summer I wrote about my favourite bloggers, all of which I still love to read and interact with, however recently I've also been loving some newer blogs and I thought it was definitely time to share an update! So if you are looking for some new posts to to keep you company through the absolute madness that is currently Britain attempting to deal with snow then enjoy!

Kirsty - The Monday Project

I've been reading Kirsty's blog for a while now and my all-time favourite posts of hers are her 'Little Things' series. I love these kinds of posts where you can really get to know the person behind the blog and they are a great reminder to focus on the little things in your week that make you happy, whether that's a book or a nice meal you've had with friends. 
Must read: 
Her most recent little things post (and all the other ones in the series!)

Charlotte - Colours & Carousels

Again, Charlotte's is a blog I've been reading for a while but have recently been loving the content she has been producing. Not only does she blog, she also has a newsletter and so many other projects such as the #BlogandBeyond hashtag. I am so impressed she manages to balance all these things with studying! Based in Glasgow it's great to read about places that I actually have a chance of going to. 
Must read: 
Is Blogging Full-Time Really The Dream - I loved this one! So many people just assume that when you have a blog that's because that's what you want to be doing long term. I love my blog as a hobby and if I can make a little money on the side then that's amazing because it helps me run it, but I still have dreams of living in London and working in that fast-pace city lifestyle!

Lydia - The Millennial Girls Guide

I first discovered Lydia's blog through the lovely Sophie when she shared 5 blogs you have to be following in 2018 and I definitely agree that Lydia's should be one of them! Her sassy and witty writing style have me quite literally laughing out loud and her tips are foolproof if you want to successfully navigate the world as a Millennial gal. I also have serious style envy, pls Lyd can I have your wardrobe?!??
Must read:
Girl Code - The Electronic Support Network From screenshotting to photo-taking etiquette this has you covered.

There are so many other incredible bloggers out there and I would definitely say one of my main sources of inspiration in blogging are other bloggers. I am so impressed with some of their creativity, ways of looking at things and the determination and effort that bloggers put in to each of their posts! 

Other Links I've been loving:

'What I've Learnt About Love'
'How To Be A Blogger'
'Being In Your 20's'
'The Positive Effects Of The Girl Boss Movement'
Em also posted this incredible guide for How To Be A Blogger which covers everything from branding and social media to algorithms!

Let me know in the comments which blogs you have been loving lately because I always love discovering new ones! Some days I want deep, thought-provoking lengthly posts and some days I love a quick scroll through someones monthly favourites or outfit diaries. That's one of the things I really love about blogging, there is such an amazing variety of content and writing styles out there that there really is something for everyone and I feel so lucky being able to contribute to that in my own way.

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