Blogging | General blog posts | Me & my life

Blogging: One year on

By on July 9, 2017

I never in a million years thought I would ever be able to have said that I have been blogging for one whole year, yet here we are. Considering the fact that I initially started my blog to get over a break-up and to find peace within myself, I am incredibly proud of how much my little space on the internet has grown into my own.

I remember sitting at my old computer at 10pm at night writing a whole rambling blog post about relationships, and hurt, and anything that managed to pour out of that head of mine that night. I remember thinking, ‘you know what, I’ll probably write one blog post and forget about this’…. and I didn’t. 365 days later and I’m still writing.

As much as a lot of Bloggers say this, I genuinely never thought anyone would read anything I published on here. I never imagined people to interact with me as a person, or read one of my blog posts and be like, ‘you know what? I agree with her.’ It’s because of blogging that I have grown in confidence, and as a person (ok, I know that sounds like a cliche, but it’s true).

I have never really had a ‘hobby’ as such that I’ve managed to stick at. I’ve always loved writing and ‘producing content,’ but never as much as I have this past year. It’s been such a whirlwind of an experience, and I can proudly say that, despite the lack of inspiration at times and wanting to give up, I actually enjoy blogging as a hobby. Because it’s a lot more than ‘being sent free stuff to review,’ or ‘sponsored posts,’ it’s something I genuinely love and vibe off. Note: if you’re thinking about blogging, don’t do it for the wrong reasons. Blog because you have a passion for the content you create, and you will love it a whole lot more.

And finally, I would like to dedicate this blog post to one of the most amazing, inspiring and strong people I have ever met- Em. If you don’t know Em, she was a blogger who I am proud to also call one of my friends. Because the thing about blogging is that you are part of a community full of real people, with real lives, and real feelings. Em courageously battled cancer for years before sadly passing away a couple of weeks ago, so I wanted to dedicate this blog post in her memory- because Blogging allowed me to meet Em and call her a friend. It’s a lot bigger than I ever  imagined it to be.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart to anyone who has ever taken the time to read any of my blog posts, or supported my blog in any way. I am so humbled and grateful… and still find it incredibly crazy (in a good way, of course).

Here’s to another year of rambling blog posts, kicking anxieties ass, and writing about my favourite things.

Love and happiness always,

xo, Becca

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Me & my life

The meaning behind my new tattoo

By on July 5, 2017

EEP!

I feel like it has been so long coming, and I have been waiting to write another blog post like this for the longest time… but I finally got a new tattoo! If anyone has followed me or my blog for some time, you will know that I am no stranger to having tattoos. I have another one on my wrist which is a semi-colon and represents my battle with mental health (you can read my post about it here). But after much thought, I finally decided what I wanted my next tattoo to be, and I finally was able to get it last Friday.

If you have read my post regarding the Manchester attack last month, or my ‘One Love’ concert experience, you will know that I wrote about my experiences of being at both and how I have dealt with what happened that night. After the attack, I noticed that a lot of people opted for the ‘workers bee’ tattoo, or alternatively, the Manchester attack memorial ribbon which floated round the internet the day after the attack.

Initially, I didn’t want either tattoo as I didn’t want to have something permanently inked on my body which reminded me of the horror of that night. As much as I wanted to get something which remembered the victims of the tragedy, I also didn’t want to get a tattoo referring to it especially for the wrong reasons.

However, after attending Ariana’s ‘One Love’ concert at the beginning of June, I suddenly saw a different side to the tragedy. As awful, upsetting, and horrific as it was, I came to the realisation that love really does conquer hate. As I was standing there at the concert, I felt a sense of unity, courage, inspiration and strength; and this is exactly what drew me to getting the Manchester memorial ribbon tattoo.

My tattoo doesn’t represent the tragedy as such- but is a remembrance for those whose lives were cruelly taken that night. Who, like me, just went to an Ariana concert to see their favourite artist perform and have a good time. My tattoo is a reminder that love wins, and is a lot bigger than hate. A reminder of strength, unity, courage, and inspiration.

Because we should fight evil with love, not evil with evil.

Love and happiness always,

xo, Becca

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Fashion | Product reviews

Zara sale try-on haul

By on July 1, 2017

It’s that time of year again where Zara try their best to make me bankrupt (again!) and have their mid season summer sale. As soon as I got the date for their summer sale start, I rushed my little legs over there as soon as I could and picked up some amazing pieces which fit my summer wardrobe nicely!

Firstly, I picked up this t-shirt (which you can also tie at the front) which is so unique. With the ‘camera’ pattern design, it adds a bit of edginess to any dull outfit. Throw on a pair of jeans and comfy shoes and you’re good to go.

 

For this outfit, I styled the t-shit with a traditional red lip (as you do), my ripped bottom jeans from Toyshop, and my old skool vans. If you don’t want to go out in anything too dressy this summer and want to keep it casual, this is the perfect outfit.

One of the things I love most about this t-shirt is it’s unique arm style and how comfy the material is. Ir doesn’t feel too heavy, yet doesn’t feel too light either. I made sure to tie the shirt at the front to delve into the ‘crop top’ style just in case I got a bit too warm.

Next, I picked up some flared striped trousers which are perfect comfort for when it’s sunny. They fit so well- and can compliment literally any outfit. I also styled them for a night out clubbing the other week alongside a per of heels so these trousers can really go a long way. An added bonus is that I have been looking for something similar to this for so long that I could style with a simple top and just feel comfortable in when it’s really hot and stuffy this summer.

Fortunately, I managed to snap up these trousers before anyone else did as they were the last ones in a size small left. At £19.99 I knew they were definitely a fashion steal… and the rest is history. Styled with a black crop top and some simple sandals, you have your summer essentials all in one outfit.

Last but certainly not least, is one of my all time favourite pieces that I have ever picked up in Zara. For a long time now, I have wanted a simple summer dress, flared and baggy, but also comfortable for when it’s too warm and stuffy. It felt a bit like fate when I saw this little beaut of a piece in the sale for £17.99 and I just had to pick it up.

 

Other than the way this dress fits, I also love the unique tassels which gives the dress an extra edginess. I am also a sucker for gingham prints, so the blue gingham pattern was a big must for me. The dress is short, but not too short, so is a perfect beach dress or even perfect for doing a spot of shopping in. Like the striped trousers, I styled this dress with my gladiator sandals from Primark (£8) to complete my look.

Overall, I feel like it was a very successful Zara sale trip which only seems to come around twice a year (sob!) Zara sales never fail to disappoint and the quality of their clothes always blows me away. Here’s to my new summer wardrobe!

Note: As all of the items I purchased were via an in-store sale, none of the items seem like they are available to purchase online for me to provide links.

Love and happiness always,

xo, Becca

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General blog posts

The Blogging apps you NEED

By on June 21, 2017

I have been Blogging for a year now in July *gasp,* and in that time, I have come across some helpful apps that has saved my Blogging life. Saved as in, I genuinely would be lost without them. I never normally write posts like this, but I have become extremely inspired to share with you my top Blogging apps and why they just so happen to me my faves…. in no particular order.

1. Instagram

I think this one is a must for most Bloggers, but I genuinely don’t know what I would do without my ‘Blogging Instagram.’ Although it’s extremely stressful trying to uphold that ‘perfect’ theme, and take the right ‘Blogger perfect’ pictures (even though there is no such thing), this has been my absolute saviour when it comes to promoting my blog. I have also found that using hashtags is also a useful way in order to promote your posts and boost your likes as well as blog promotion. These include your blogging ‘niche’ i.e. (#fashionblogger, #beautyblogger, #lifestyleblogger), the ordinary #blogger hashtag and of course the good old, #britishblogger / #Blogger

2. Twitter

We’ll move onto the main reason as to why Twitter is your blogging lifesaver in just a minute, but I don’t think I could talk about Twitter being essential to your blog without mentioning Blogger chats. If you’re a hardcore Blogger on Twitter, you may be aware that Twitter chats are always talked about in terms of promoting you and your blog. But that’s not the best part. They help you engage with the Blogging community, meet new people, and just overall have a good ol’ chinwag. What’s not to love?

3. Buffer / Crowdfire

I told you I would get to it…. when I think about using Twitter as a platform for promoting my blog, I also think about Buffer. Buffer is an app in which let’s you schedule tweets so you can promote your blog links without actually needing to be online. Cool right? You could be sat on your sofa with a brew and toast, or even at work, and Buffer will tweet your scheduled tweets for you without you having to do a thing. I’ve found that when I don’t have time to go on Twitter or tweet, Buffer allows me to have my Twitter being continuously active even if I’m not. Oh, and one more top tip. Make sure to use community hashtags in your blog post link tweets in order to get the most exposure. I am part of a cool #GRLPOWR community which RTs tweets daily- and I also love to use #beechat, @BloggersTribe, @FemaleBloggerRT, #thegirlgang #blogginggals, #fblchat, #lbloggers and #teacupclub only to name a few.

4. Bloglovin’

When I first joined the Blogging community, everyone used to rave about Bloglovin’ and how it was absolutely essential that you used it alongside your blog. For anyone who still isn’t 100% sure on what Bloglovin’ is, it’s an app which connects to your Blog and basically posts your blog posts onto your Bloglovin feed. What makes it even better is that people can follow your Bloglovin page, and so keep up to date every time you post. You can also follow your favourite posts, search hashtags and read blog posts straight from the Bloglovin’ homepage. It’s basically the blogging community all in one place, and extra promotion for your content.

5. Snapchat

Now, this may work for some Bloggers; but it may also not work for others. For me, I love snapping as a side ‘activity’ to my blog if you like. It gives my readers a chance to see a different, more quirky side to me that maybe doesn’t come across in my writing… or maybe it does, I’m a weirdo so who knows. However, Snapchat also allows you to document your daily life, and snap every time a new post goes live. Even if that means a 10 second video of you updating your readers, or doing mini hauls as a sneak peak before you actually do a blog post on it. You get my vibe.

6. Photo editing apps

And last, but certainly not least, we all love a good photo editing app in our lives. When it comes to creating the best Instagram feed, or just editing your blog pictures in general; photo editing apps normally sort me out. They give me the freedom to adjust picture quality, brightness, saturation etc if the picture I’ve taken isn’t just right. Technology in 2017 eh? Here are a couple of my favourites below:

  • Layout
  • VSCO Cam
  • Afterlight (my holy grail).

Do you have any other Blogging must-have apps that I haven’t included above? If so, make sure to share them in the comment box below!

Love and happiness always,

xo, Becca

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Beauty | Product reviews

Morphe 25A: Copper Spice review

By on June 17, 2017

I never thought I would ever write a review on this beaut of a palette… but Beauty Bay FINALLY started stocking it and I knew I just had to have one of my own. If you aren’t familiar with Morphe in general, they do incredibly pigmented eyeshadow palettes (one of their most raved about being the ‘Morphe 35O’) for an incredible price. You get my drift…

However, after purchasing the Morphe 35O palette a few months back, I was eager to add to my collection and find the right palette which would do just that. The ’25A Copper Spice’ eyeshadow palette is limited edition (which makes it even more of a gem!) and features all the ‘copper’ colours you would need for the most loved warm toned eye look.

The palette features 25 colours which consists of 16 matte and 9 shimmer. As mentioned earlier, the palette is warm toned so it features a lot of red / brown colours as well as an incredibly pigmented black to add some depth into your outer corner. Not only that, but the shimmer colours are bright and ‘poppy’ so adding some glam to your eye look isn’t a problem.

The first row of the palette also features some pale toned colours which are great as transition shades, and add diversity into the overall collection. When experimenting with this palette I used the yellow / brown toned colour on the top row as my main transition shade (which worked really well!) and went from there.

Next, I took a light brown colour from the second row to add some depth into my crease. I normally like to go for a bold eye-look which is full of dark colours, and then contrasted with a ‘pop’ of colour in the inner corner of my eye, so this colour was the perfect match for this. To add depth even further (and also because I LOVE red toned eye looks!), I used the seasonal red colour from the third row of the palette.

When I had the main base of my eyeshadow all ready, I used the ultimate black shade at the bottom of the palette. The pigmentation of this is absolutely incredible, and really helps to bring depth into the outer corner of my eye. It also contrasts well with the red and brown colours I used earlier, to give an extra ‘warm’ look.

As always… my eyeshadow looks aren’t complete without a tad bit of shimmer in there. This was one of the hardest choices I made when coming up with this eye look as this palette includes so many exciting shimmers to experiment with. However, I chose the ‘unique’ colour on the 4th row to brighten the eye look a little without distracting from the main crease colours.

Overall, I was extremely impressed with the pigmentation and variety of this palette. The only thing I would point out, however, is that the colours in this palette are similar to those in the original 35O, so maybe opt for the 25B palette if you are looking for something a bit different to existing shadows. Even though I have so many palettes with colours similar to these, I am an absolute sucker for warm toned eye looks and this one did not disappoint. After being on my make-up wish list for so long, I’m glad I finally took the plunge and add some ‘spice’ into my collection.

The Copper Spice palette is now available on ‘Beauty Bay.’ (subject to availability).

The brush pictured is also by Morphe and can be purchased via the ‘Beauty Bay’ website here.

Love and happiness always,

xo, Becca

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Blogging | General blog posts

Is going self-hosted worth it?

By on June 14, 2017

Since I initially started my blog last July, one thing in which I kept “um’ing” and “ah’ing” at was whether I should take the ultimate Blogging plunge and go self-hosted or not. Granted, I tried to go self-hosted last October with Go Daddy, but that quickly fell through and it is safe to say I would never use them again… never mind their customer service.

A few months later, and I decided to take the plunge again. As much as I felt comfortable with using wordpress.com, their features just weren’t enough for me anymore. I desperately wanted control over my own theme, how my blog looked, being able to use Google Analytics, and overall just taking my blog to the next level.

After searching the internet for hours (yes, hours), I decided to use site ground. A lot of other Bloggers I knew also used them for their self-hosted Blog and what’s even better is that they offer 24/7 customer service and their prices are reasonable. They literally set up everything for me, and I didn’t have to do anything myself. I literally sat there with my brew and watched my Blog transform into something I’ve always wanted. What’s even better is that they migrated my existing wordpress.com site over to my new wordpress.org self-hosted site for free (unlike ‘Go Daddy’ who tried to charge me extra… sigh).

It sounds so perfect, right? So is there any negatives to going self-hosted? As much as going self-hosted is amazing, affordable, and really gives you the opportunity to customise your blog how you want, there are a couple of contrary pointers. For example, my statistics have gone back to 0 so all my previous views that I worked hard on have totally vanished. With that also comes new blog followers, but I couldn’t transfer my old one’s onto my new blog. As much as I was a bit disheartened by this, you can easily build your Blog back up again. With added customisation, your Blog has improved in itself by going self-hosted and followers and views will follow.

If you don’t know who to pick to go self-hosted with, I would definitely recommend ‘Site Ground,’ and no I am not being paid to recommend them so all opinions are 100% my own. Their customer service is fantastic, and even when I was mega stressed out with the whole migration process, their help and guidance made it so much easier on me- I felt like I wasn’t going round in circles! Their plans also start at £2.75 / month so you can’t really go wrong with the price.

Web Hosting

So, the question is… is going self-hosted really worth it? When it comes to improving my Blog and my content, I seriously think going self-hosted was one of the best things I ever did. As much as I tried to put it off and as much as I got stressed over it, I have never been so happy with my blog look or my Blog in general… what have you got to loose?!

You can check out ‘Site Ground’s’ self hosted plans and browse their website by clicking here.

Love and happiness always,

xo, Becca

Note: This blog post was not sponsored, all opinions are my own. The links provided are in partnership with my affiliate link with site ground which helps keep my blog running. 

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Me & my life

A day at “One Love Manchester”

By on June 11, 2017

After the devastating attacks in Manchester later on last month, a question I continuously got asked was if, and when, I was going to branch out and go to another concert. I love concerts, and I love being able to go and enjoy music with a bunch of other people who love the same thing as me. I just didn’t know when the time was right for me to get back into the whole ‘concert’ vibe again.

However, the perfect opportunity came along when Ariana announced her “One Love Manchester” concert only a week or so after the initial attack. As I was at the original Ariana concert, I was able to get free tickets, and as Ariana is my favourite artist, I couldn’t miss a chance to take this opportunity.

Fast forward to the concert, and I can honestly say it was one of the best, positive, and most humbling nights of my life full of such love and inspiration. I don’t think I have ever experienced a concert which was full of such positive light, and I still don’t think I am over it almost a week later.

As great as the acts that performed where, the concert also showed something bigger and more important. It was proof that, as cliche as it may sound, love does win. This was a concert full of 50,000 complete strangers who all came together to conquer hate. To prove that we really are united- and it was a wonderful feeling to be part of.

As much as I love Ariana, and as much as I don’t want to be biased, I think it also needs to be mentioned how strong and inspiring she was last Sunday. After the attack, I spent a lot of time stuck in a mindset of complete confusion and sadness. I couldn’t understand what I needed to do in order to try to at least heal. Like many other people who were there on the Monday night, the “One Love” concert also demonstrated a sense of healing and closure. Ariana brought everyone together for the good of the country, and certainly made something utterly negative and tragic into an event of such love and togetherness.

I think the best thing about the whole experience is that it was a concert like nothing I have ever been to before. It was a celebration of music and love in a different, yet positive, sort of sense. I don’t think anything can even come close to the feeling of pure happiness and overwhelming emotion I felt last Sunday. And I think that’s what made it so special.

Love and happiness always,

xo, Becca

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Me & my life

Why the Manchester attack has made me view life differently

By on May 24, 2017

For the past 24 hours or so, I have been debating over whether or not to post a blog post about Monday night, or to just leave it. The fact is, I’ve been thinking a lot about Monday, how fortunate I am to still be able to hug my loved one’s, and how you really don’t know what’s around the corner. Cliche, I know.

If you follow most of my social media accounts, you may be aware that I was there on Monday night. You may also be aware that when it comes to Ariana Grande, I am such a dedicated fan and have been for 5 years now. A concert is a place of such positivity, love, and excitement. The whole idea of being in the same room as your favourite artist and connecting to their music live is one of the things I love most about concerts.

However, I don’t want Monday to deter from that experience. It was a surreal kind of night, which ended in a way that I never imagined. You see, these things seem to happen all the time, and you never think that you will ever get caught up in it. I don’t want to make this seem like a cliche, but I also wanted to right about how I feel while everything is just sinking in. Because the fact is, I never knew what was happening. Or what the noise was, or why everyone suddenly started running. I don’t understand how a night of such happiness and positivity, turned into the events that occurred.

No one can tell you how to feel, or what you’re feeling. No one can prepare you for the shock that comes afterwards, or the utter confusion as to why things like this happen. I feel pressured on how to feel, constantly being asked when I simply don’t know. I can’t put my emotions into words, and I am failing to get this all round in my head. “If you weren’t injured, then why are you upset?” You can’t natural human emotions, and you can’t tell me how to feel. If you aren’t in my mind, you can’t make my mind up for me.

However, I want to reflect upon the feelings of utter gratitude and positive emotion. I am constantly seeing people reflect upon Monday’s events and saying, “It makes me realise not to take anything for granted,” and that couldn’t be more accurate. I feel an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for life, and although I have always been one to make the most of every little thing, it has really hit home. How the people around me who care about me really are a blessing. How I possibly spent so much time worrying about things; when everything I need is right here.

My sincere heart goes out to everyone else there that night. From the injured, to the missing, to the victims. To the people who stopped to look after me as I was on my own. To the woman who offered to walk me to the train station. To the worker in McDonald’s who offered to charge my phone in the staffroom while I was in complete shock and needed to contact my mum. To the taxi driver who took me home while I was stranded in Manchester and bought me food and water as I hadn’t really eaten. To the off duty paramedic who offered his services to the wounded. In a night of such negativity, I also saw so much positive love and compassion. That people really do stand together, and that life truly is precious.

Love and happiness always,

xo, Becca

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Feminism

Is Feminism a threat?

By on May 20, 2017

One thing that has been roaming in my head recently is the idea that people (still, yes, sigh) take almost offence to you admitting you’re a Feminist. Yes, I am a Feminist. Yes, I am open about being a Feminist. Yes, Feminism is important to me. And yes, I am completely sane.

I believe that misconceptions about Feminism is due to either lack of education which is totally okay, or pure ignorance. I am fine educating someone on Feminism. I know and understand that people may view Feminism as something opposite to what it’s actually about (and believe it or not, I was one of those people once. Yes, shocker). But in this day and age, education really is key and I have no problem in giving others an insight into what Feminism is really about- and them making their own educated opinion based on that.

However, what I do object to is people feeling threatened by Feminism. How is a movement about equality a threat to you? Either because a) it influences on your power or b) the idea of someone fighting for gender equality must be such a foreign concept to you.

Answer me this… why in 2017 is a woman being a Feminist a problem for some men? Why is it whenever me being a Feminist is brought up, I am suddenly some horrendous woman who must be a crazy lunatic… hmm? Some men want a strong, independent woman until a strong, independent woman comes along. I am not a threat to you, and neither are my beliefs. As much as I shouldn’t have to say this as a reminder, Feminism is inclusive. That means upholding my rights whilst keeping yours too. Fighting for gender equality which benefits both genders.

Get to know my beliefs before you judge me for my beliefs.

Love and happiness always,

xo, Becca

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Me & my life | relationships

Foreign concepts

By on May 17, 2017

I have recently become so wrapped up in my emotions at the moment to the point where I find it hard to get myself out of them. The kind of overthinking that leads you to believe that maybe you’re not good enough, or you’re not ‘pretty’ enough, or that the whole concept of someone loving you must be completely bizarre and foreign.

Being wrapped up in your emotions can also lead to confusion. I hate it when people’s perception of me or past experiences influence on the way I see myself. I don’t like being alienated by another person who clearly isn’t worthy of being or belonging in my life. But sometimes I fall into that trap. I look at myself and fail to recognise who I am. I want to be strong, and deep down I am strong; but occasionally I loose faith in that part of myself.

I have mentioned this time and time again on here, but I cannot express enough how much I suck when it comes to boys. I don’t talk to many people with the fear of getting hurt. Upon reflecting on a recent encounter, I suddenly realised how terrified I am of letting myself give my all to someone. Someone can take every part of you, and in an instant destroy you. You can finally let your walls down, for them to make you realise why you keep them up in the first place and that petrifies me to the core.

I don’t normally admit when I like someone, nor do I like giving in to my emotions. I am naturally stubborn, and I naturally have that ‘if you don’t want to talk to me, then I don’t want to talk to you’ attitude. But occasionally, just occasionally, someone can come along which makes everything seem worthwhile. For you to think, ‘maybe they are worth a shot.’ Until you realise why you don’t take shots in the first place- and you go back to square one again. Trying to find happiness, independence and comfort in your own single circle.

I guess the whole point of this post is to confess to myself that I am really feeling what I’m feeling. I’ve been in denial for a long time that my past experiences haven’t played a part on my current emotions, when in reality they have and it’s scary. Maybe not being loved is my own foreign concept- as much as I like to deny the fact that’s not what I want in life… but when it comes down to it, we all long to be loved. It petrifies me that someone may not see me for who I am and like that. I’m dorky. I say weird shit sometimes. I’m loud. I have the worst laugh on earth. My eyes squint a lot and my stomach has a weird ass stitch going up it. Accepting my flaws has become one way in which I have learnt to accept myself… but sometimes, just sometimes, someone else accepting those small and quirky qualities is a bonus too.

Love and happiness always,

xo, Becca

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