On the 31st May 2016, I finally took the plunge into the blogosphere and what a fantastic year it has been. In the last 365 days I have worked with some incredible brands such as Franchetti Bond and people such as Matt from Vits and Kicks I attended my first blogging event up in London for the Maison de choup launch and I have met some wonderful people on Twitter who never fail to inspire me. Blogging was supposed to be a creative outlet, a way for me to channel my thoughts and feelings. Never in a million years did I think it would grow to be something that has the potential to take me places I could never of dreamt of.
Despite the negativity surrounding the industry lately and a certain Cosmo post bringing everyone down, I am determined to continue my exciting journey, not for the followers, likes or freebies but because for me blogging gave me something money can’t buy – confidence and happiness. Because of blogging I have pushed myself out of my comfort zone and mixed with total strangers, I have been able to channel my love for marketing in my product reviews and it has made me realise that dreams are there to be pursued and to give us all hope.
What made you start blogging? I would love to be to know what you have discovered or gained from the blogging world.
I absolutely love reading these posts, so I thought I would share with you a few of my favourite fashion and beauty purchases from May.
First up is this stunning floral wrap dress from Primark for £13 which caught my eye because of its gorgeous ruffles and Latin inspired style. Initially I was going to wear this to the Maison de Choup launch but decided to opt for jeans and a top combo due to the poor weather that was forecast for my journey up to London. However, I will definitely be wearing this in Mallorca later this year with a pair of black strappy heels.
Next up is a few impulse beauty purchases. After being pampered by the lovely ladies at my local Benefit Brow Bar and Urban Decay prior to my trip up to London. I decided to invest in the following products.
The great thing is I was also given a free makeover by Urban Decay after purchasing two products, this was particularly enjoyable as I was able to attend the MDC launch looking lovely and glam thanks to the lovely Louise.
Last but not least is this stunning tribal inspired print bikini from Accessorize. I really love bright colours and the pink tassels add just the right amount of sass to complete my beach look. I will be pairing this with a big floppy straw hat and a cheeky pina colada.
These are just a small selection of my latest favourites. If you would like to see another post like this then please do leave a comment. I hope you are all having a lovely relaxing Bank Holiday.
After a lovely relaxing and action – packed week in Cornwall with Al and his family, I thought I would share with you all, some of the best things to see, do and eat next time you are in the area. If you would like any further information on each place then all you have to do is either click on the picture or relevant link – Enjoy!
At the top of my list has to be this lovely little restaurant situated in Mousehole. Whilst, the waiting times were rather long, the food was defiantly worth waiting for. Not only was the ambience incredibly relaxing , it also provided the perfect laid back vibe for a 30th Birthday celebratory meal during our stay. Of Course, the high standard of the food and the incredible flavours did entice me and may have resulted in me sampling a few more dishes less than 24 hours later.
After visiting the tropical rainforests of eden just over two-year’s ago, I was incredibly excited to discover that my favourite attraction in Cornwall had also extended their sky walkway and despite being disappointed with the rainforest lookout being closed due to high levels of humidity, the wobbly bridge and steam clouds more than made up for this. I thoroughly enjoyed my last day in Cornwall at this stunning place and the pasta at their Med Terrace restaurant in the mediterranean biome was both reasonable in price and delicious. Of course, no trip to eden is complete without a Roskilly’s ice cream and a visit to the gift shop.
After walking down to the gorgeous beach of Porthcurno and sampling a Cornish cream tea, I thought my day couldn’t get any better. But once I had reached the top, the views were absolutely breathtaking and the theatre visit was an educational experience that was surprisingly very enjoyable. This is defiantly a place worth exploring for the views alone and at £5 per adult this is a great day out if you are on a tight budget.
The walk along the causeway was an experience in itself and once I Stepped onto St Michael’s mount it was as though I had been transported through time, I was greeted with cobbled lined streets, stunning gardens filled with an abundance of flowers, trees and plants and a 17th Century castle. Whilst, the prices to explore the castle are a very respectable £9.50 per adult, it is worth considering signing up to the national trust membership if you plan on visiting more of their attractions. Me and Al decided to sign up for as little as £9 a month for both of us and it meant that we can visit over 500 of the national trust sites as many times as we want throughout the year at no extra cost. It also includes free parking, a handbook to help us plan our trips as well as many other exclusive offers.
This picturesque fishing village and seaside town is the perfect place to enjoy a pint or simply explore the independent boutiques and shops. The St Ives Bay line also offers a scenic route from as little as £4 return during off – peak times.
Cornwall has always been a favourite place of mine since I was a child. However, Cornwall has not only captured my heart but it has also left me with lasting memories that are sure to stay with me in many years to come. Have you been to Cornwall? I would love to hear any recommendations that you may have, as me and Al are planning another visit later this year as we can’t wait to go back!
This is not a sponsored post and all the views and opinions expressed are solely mine.
As a blogger it might surprise you to discover that as much as I love the world of social media, I am becoming increasingly concerned about the negative effects that if may be having on our mental health.
I know what you are probably thinking – surely ‘Twitter’ is a great way for me to engage with my audience and share my views with like-minded people. Yes! ‘Twitter’ is great for taking part in blogger chats and even making new friends. Yes! ‘Instagram’ and ‘Snapchat’ can be fun in moderation.
However, as we become more connected online and technology increases our ability to communicate on a global scale, it is also pushing us into an addicted spiral of tweets, snapchats, whatsapp messages, text messages, emails and consequently we are neglecting what is right in front of us – our loved ones!
Now I will put my hands up and confess I am obsessed with social media to the point I can’t eat my food at a fancy restaurant until I have taken at least one picture, I spend a good five minutes getting the perfect shot, angle, lighting just for a selfie and on a bad day I might even throw in a snap chat filter to look more blogger worthy.
Even after perfecting my social profile I then find myself unconsciously comparing my social life and latest purchases to those I follow on Instagram. The trouble is there is a fine line between admiration and an unhealthy obsession with constantly using social platforms as a means of benchmarking your major life events such as engagements or even having a baby against your friends.
Such addiction does make me wonder if this perhaps can contribute to a low self esteem that can often lead to poor mental health. Unsurprisingly, I discovered that many of you suffer with anxiety and/or depression. Here are some other interesting stats that I gathered on Twitter:
Out of 13 people 85% suffered with Anxiety and 15% with depression
64% believe social media doesn’t have a positive influence on your mental wellbeing
82% believe personality is what makes a person attractive followed by confidence at 18%
All of you either compare yourselves to other bloggers, friends or everyone on social media.
As much as I conducted these polls in an attempt to ascertain what the majority of you think, it has opened my eyes and made me realise that we are all our own tough critics and yet we don’t judge others by the standards we set ourselves.
Surely then we are setting ourselves up to fail right from the start? How can you possibly be taller, skinner, browner, more intelligent or like you best friend ‘Kate’ when you are the complete opposite! I for one am going to try harder to be my own best friend and live by my own standards and not anyone else’s. Live your life for you and be exactly who you want to be – not what society tells you to be or do.
On a more positive note, Blogging, technology and social media has also introduced me to all of you wonderful people and resulted in some fun Collabs. I wouldn’t change it for the world but I will change my unrealistic harsh views of myself and strive to connect with loved ones in the moment.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend and remember …..
I hope you are all having a lovely weekend and are enjoying the beautiful weather. Tomorrow me and Al have a very exciting day of food tasting for our wedding and naturally a visit to a beer garden so we can soak up some sunshine. What are your plans for Sunday?