Sunday, 10 December 2017

How I Bullet Journal

I started keeping a bullet journal a few months ago, sceptical of whether I would really persevere. I expected I'd do it for about a month, and then eventually give up due to lack of time. However, I have stuck at it, and it has proven to be a very effective method of organisation! 

I love reading posts about how people organise their lives, and I thought you may enjoy an insight into how I structure my bullet journal. 


I wrote the title in a circular wreath, and continued to do the same for the year. I feel these have a very elegant feeling, but also are very therapeutic to draw - so it's a win, win!

To Do Lists

As the purpose of my bullet journal is organisation, it's full of lists. I usually include a to do list for my weekly layouts, and then a mega one (as you can see above) if I am inundated with work and other matters. 

Including these lists allows me to highlight them and have a constant tracker of how I'm doing with everything. 

This Month

I don't normally do this, but as you can see my 'December' title was drawn within a wreath also - it is the Season, after all! I usually include an inspiring quote within the weekly layouts, this acts as a reminder whenever I use my journal, and I usually source these words from my Pinterest board here.

My month begins with a day-by-day account of what I should be up to. This is basically a mini calendar, so I can consult it whenever I need to; as soon as I find out what I'm doing on a certain day, I write it here. 

My weekly planner is usually written in cursive writing to split it into days, as you can see. This is very quick to do and therefore doesn't use up as much time as drawing out the titles and monthly calendar. 

I love writing in my bullet journal; it's so therapeutic to do before I go to sleep, and it really keeps me on track in the crazy time of my life that is A-levels!

I hope this has given those of you who already bullet journal some fresh ideas, or inspiration to those who haven't as of yet!

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Christmas Essentials

*This post is sponsored by the lovely people at AMARA, yet all content is composed of my own opinions upon the products, and nobody else's.*

I was asked to write a post featuring some of AMARA's gorgeous products. Their website is the perfect platform for purchasing Christmas presents, as it organises them into categories and therefore does all of the hard work for you! I highly recommend having a look at their website here, and treating your loved ones to some of their beautiful items. 

I decided to share some of their items that I will be using over Christmas, in order to make the colder months a little easier. The first item is the 'Kate Spade' Travel Mug...

Not only is this item absolutely GORGEOUS, but it is so practical for the colder months. I will definitely be using this to take to school and warm me up on the chilly December mornings! Travel mugs are so useful and can really make winter a lot more bearable. The pattern of this particular one is beautiful and incredibly sophisticated; there are also other patterns available, which you can look at here.

I have always adored Pip Studio, my duvet set is from there and I have varying items from the brand. Therefore, when I saw this cosmetic pouch, I was so excited! I love the floral pattern and the timeless feel of the item. As most of us visit family and friends over the Christmas period, this lovely bag is essential for storing all of your beauty bits and pieces!

Wales is so cold in the Winter, and my family rely on hot water bottles to make sure we don't freeze in the night! I chose this hot water bottle, as it has an adorable print, and the soft cover increases its comfort. This item is so versatile, and can be bought for any ages, from young children to adults - my mum loved this, and I know my little cousin would too; it's a win, win! 

I highly recommend checking out AMARA'S website; you can purchase some gorgeous gifts to make your loved ones smile on Christmas morning, or simply treat yourself - you deserve it!

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Interview With James & Jocelyn

I find people interesting; I always have. Blogging has allowed me to meet a variety of different people, from countries across the world. 

I decided to try and compose a method of both myself and you, my readers, exploring the lives and opinions of inspiring individuals within the creative industries. I thought that interviewing these people would provide this, allowing an insight into their opinions and how they got to the point they are. 

The first person I contacted is James Vincent; he is a model and blogger based in the UK and is certainly very photogenic!

Hi! Can you please tell those reading a little bit about yourself?

My name is James Vincent, I'm a blogger from Worcester, and also a model. 

What initially attracted you to the world of blogging?

I was attracted to blogging when I was in University, I liked the idea of expressing my opinions and interests!

What do you love most about what you do?

What I love most is meeting people, there's so many amazing bloggers and this community brings everyone's together. 

What, would you say, has been your proudest moment so far?

Proudest moment... that's a hard one, I suppose I would say working on Suzuki as it was my biggest campaign, but the proudest moment is when someone comes to you for help, as they see you as an inspiration; that's a feeling that doesn't leave you, being able to help someone. 

How would you like to move forward, in regards to your career/blog?

Hmmm... where would I like to go? Just keep growing my blog, keep working with inspirational people and cool brands. 

What advice would you give to someone just starting out?

A piece of advice: be you, be unique and be persistent and most of all, have fun with it. 

James' Links: Blog // Twitter // Instagram 

The other person I decided to get in touch with for this post was Jocelyn; she is a girl of a similar age to me, who lives in the United States. She has recently had to have a pretty major operation, and her positive attitude towards it really inspired me to focus on the positives!

Blue Heels in Boston // Life in a Leotard

Hi! Can you please tell those reading a little bit about yourself?

So my name is Jocelyn, and I am the creator and writer for Life in a Leotard, a lifestyle blog focusing on ballet and what matters most, as well as whatever suits my fancy. I am a full time student and serious ballet student, so I have my hands full keeping up with blogging, although I usually get a post up once a week!

What initially attracted you to the world of blogging?

I love the freedom and creativity of blogging, and I think that is what initially attracted me to it. No two blogs are alike!

What do you love most about what you do?

I'll answer this one about ballet. I love so many things about ballet, but most of all the challenge it offers. It's physically impossible to be perfect at it, but with hard work you can get as close as you possibly can! I also love that there are almost no ways to "cheat," only the hard workers will improve!

What, would you say, has been your proudest moment so far?

I would say that so far, my proudest moment has been receiving my dance studio's annual merit scholarship this past year.  

How would you like to move forward, in regards to your career/blog?

In regards to my blog, I would like to move forward in creating a more consistent posting schedule, improving my photography (that's a big one), and building my brand!

What advice would you give to someone just starting out?

To someone just starting out, whether in ballet, blogging, anything: find what you love and go for it. Go all in, and work as hard as you possibly can. One of the questions I like to ask myself for motivation is: if this project/post/performance is the thing someone makes their impression of me based on, will I be proud of that? So to anyone starting out, work as hard as you can and make no excuses, it will pay off!

Jocelyn's Links: Blog // Twitter // Instagram 


Sunday, 3 September 2017

My Current Playlists

I am always looking for new artists/music and therefore love discovering what other people are enjoying listening to. Therefore, I decided to share some of my current playlists!

MORNING PLAYLIST // This was made specifically with sleepy mornings in mind, the beginnings of the day when you stumble with your eyes half open around the house. 

Banana Pancakes - Jack Johnson 

Easy (Like Sunday Morning) - Charles Givings

Put Your Records On - Corrine Bailey Rae

Lucky - Jason Mraz

(What A) Wonderful World - Sam Cooke

Bubbly - Colbie Caillat

1234 - Feist 

How D'ya Like Your Eggs In The Morning - Dean Martin

SING-A-LONG // These upbeat nature of these tunes are perfect for cheering up or even just tidying your room.

Riptide - Vance Joy

Hey, Soul Sister - Train 

Ho Hey - The Lumineers 

Count On Me - Bruno Mars

She's So Lovely - Scouting For Girls

Start A Fire - John Legend 

Another Day Of Sun - La La Land

Come On Eileen - Dexys Midnight Runners

RELAX // These are the tunes perfect for winding down at the end of the day, or when you just need to breathe a little. 

Soon Goodbye, Now Love - Tom Rosenthal

Only Love - Ben Howard

Nervous - Gavin James

The Cave - Mumford & Sons

Hold Back The River - James Bay

Shiver - Lucy Rose

Heartbeats - Jose Gonzalez 

Sitting, Waiting, Wishing - Jack Johnson 

Hope you enjoy some of this music! Which artists do you enjoy listening to?

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Perfectionism Sucks

  1. a refusal to accept any standard short of perfection.

I am a self-confessed perfectionist. I strive for everything to be just-so. I strive for the perfect grades, the perfect blog layout, the perfect life... the list goes on. 

Perfectionism is, arguably, a positive trait. It drives those who have it to do their best, but it can also drive them down a path of self depreciation. 

An example of this is exam results days. I am yet to be over the moon despite having three of them to date, as I always focus on that one exam I 'should've done better on.'

I understand that failure is a fundamental part of learning; I accept when I haven't done well in a recent essay. But when faced with both a failure and an overwhelming victory, I pay very little attention to the latter and an extensive amount on the former. 

This needs to stop.

I need to start congratulating myself on victories, instead of putting them aside and striving for a 'better next time.' I need to start practising what I preach to everyone else. I need to start being kinder to myself.

And you do, too. Let the following be a reminder:

  • Do not dwell on the 'failures.' 
  • Congratulate yourself on every victory, no matter how great or small. 
  • Remember you are worth the same amount of love as you bestow to others.
  • Life is short; spend time living instead of perfecting.
  • Do not compare yourself to others. They are walking down a different path to you.
  • You are a whole human being; your worth is not summed up by anything on paper.  
  • You are you, and that is more than enough ❤ 

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Feel-Good Films

Sometimes you find yourself in a slump. Sometimes it's a pretty deep rut, a place you are not sure where on earth to turn next. Sometimes, you just want to curl up on the sofa and lost yourself in a different world displayed on the television screen before you. 

This post is here for when you are experiencing these 'sometimes.' 

LEGALLY BLONDE // 'Exercise gives you endorphins; endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don't kill their husbands.' I've recently re-watched this film and it, in fact, inspired me to write this post for you lovely lot. Elle Woods is unbelievably good at getting back at people; some moments are just so satisfying.  If you're feeling unmotivated or disheartened, this is a perfect pick me up. 

LA LA LAND // Fact: This is the only film I have ever watched twice in the cinema. Surely that speaks volumes already? This film is highly personal and highly inspiring; I have been involved in drama since a young age and it encapsulates just about every fear I have. Nevertheless, it reminds me to continue to follow my dreams as a creative. 

 movie film 2016 cinema emma stone GIF

BILLY ELLIOT // Billy grows up in a small mining village in County Durham, England; he wants to be a dancer, but this is unheard of. Whilst watching a young boy pursue his talents, you will begin to realise the importance of striving for your own.

MAMMA MIA // This film has some fantastic classic actors, such as Colin Firth and Meryl Streep. Sometimes you need to invite the girls over for a sing-a-long to these fab ABBA hits. I can still recall our last Summer... 

ABOUT TIME // Richard Curtis is one of my absolute favourite British screenwriters. With huge titles such as "Love Actually" and "Bridget Jones' Diary" (both of which I ADORE) this was hardly going to be a disappointment. Domnhall Gleeson as Tim is so real and I just love everything about this film. It makes me want to wear pretty clothes and marry a ginger person... enough said.

 movie 2013 rachel mcadams about time domhnall gleeson GIF

HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHERS STONE // Get into your pyjamas (if they're HP, ten points... see what I did there? Sorry...) and lose yourself in the adventures of a tiny Daniel Radcliffe playing Harry Potter. This is a go-to for improved happiness, thank you once again J.K. Rowling!

PRIDE // Based on a true story, this comedy-drama depicts a group of gay activists who raised funds to help those affected by the British miners' strike in 1984. Tackling such vital subjects, especially at a time like this when Trump is president, it is a film that needs to be watched to restore your faith in humanity. 

Which films do you recommend for a pick-me-up?

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Summer 2017: Makeup Favourites

1. SLEEK HIGHLIGHTING PALETTE // I received this palette for Christmas and it is just lovely. The shimmery shades are perfect for my cheekbones and nose, whilst the other two are lovely for the finishing touches. I especially like the gold shade to add a glowing, sun-kissed look.

2. NYX MATTE LIQUID LIPSTICK (08) // This is definitely my favourite item in the post. It's AMAZING. I've heard wonders about these liquid lipsticks and decided to try it out. I wanted a lip product that wasn't drying, but didn't slide off within the first ten minutes of wear. This is the perfect medium between the two and lasts for ages; perfect!

3. NO7 EYESHADOWS // I have had these eyeshadows for longer than I care to admit, but they are fab. The colour variation means that they all co-ordinate so well if I put them together, and I love the way they brighten my eyelids.

4. NO7 EYELASH CURLERS // These do exactly what they supposed to do; they're sturdy and look lovely with their gold colour. What more could you want?!

Want to find out more?

1 // 2 

Number three & four are not for sale anymore, though I found similar products for you!

3 // 4

Which makeup products have you been loving recently? 

Sunday, 6 August 2017

OOTD: Brights on the Beach

I recently went on a rather windy walk on the beach with the family and to brighten up the occasional showers and typical Welsh weather, I decided to wear bright colours!

This is very much an imperfect 'Outfit of the Day;' I could hardly see because the wind was so strong and I have no makeup on apart from some lipstick. But sometimes reality is the best policy... I hope you like the outfit I put together on this wet day!

TOP // H&M

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Ten Steps To Improved Confidence

1. SMILE AT EVERYONE YOU PASS // Instead of looking down at your feet, exchange eye contact and a smile. It will brighten your day as well as others.

2. COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS // At the end of the day, when you're just about to nod off and sleep, remind yourself of what you are grateful for and why.

3. LOVE WHAT YOU WEAR // When you look good, it changes the way you feel. Love a certain pair of trousers? Show them off!

4. WALK WITH PURPOSE // Walk like you have somewhere to be.

5. TIDY YOUR LIVING SPACE // A messy room equates to a cluttered, confused mind. Organise that messy draw you dump everything in, I dare you!

6. REMEMBER MAKEUP IS IN NO WAY ESSENTIAL // Apply makeup with reverence and enjoy the process, but please remember you never have to do it - put it on because you want to.

7. TAKE TIME TO STOP AND THINK // Sometimes we go so fast we forget to stop; give yourself a break!

8. FOCUS ON THE PRESENT // Stop deliberating upon whether you should have done that, or when that thing will happen. Just relax and absorb what's happening to you now - that is absolutely enough.

9. MEET SOMEONE NEW // Sometimes we need to meet a new person to gain a new perspective upon ourselves; the blogging world is perfect for this!

10. STOP COMPARING YOURSELF // We all do this far too much. You are you, and that is all you need to be.

Thank you for reading, have you got any ideas for improving self confidence?