Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Blogger Love Tag

I have wanted to share my favourite blogs for a while now but didn't know quite how to do it until I saw Jennie from Sailboat do the Blogger Love Tag by Fee from Makeup Savvy and knew that it would fit perfectly - with a couple of alterations!! I have been a blog reader for at least 3/4 years now - and now that I have started my own blog I understand the community that has evolved around these websites we put so much effort into and I believe that we should all contribute to sharing the love for any bloggers we enjoy reading! If you feel the same please follow me and complete this tag yourself to help share the love!
So here are my answers to this tag:

What was the first blog you ever came across?
I think the first blog I ever read was Fleur de Force's. I began my adventure into the blogging world through YouTube, having been a subscriber to many channels since I was about 15. I had no idea about the blogging community until I read Fleur's description box on one of her video's and decided to take a look. Thankfully I enjoyed it and here I am today - 4 years on!

Favourite blog reads
Lifestyle/Food: I adore reading A Beautiful Mess as I love being able to live vicariously through their DIY projects, pining for the day I can own my own place. Their food posts are also great and really inspire me to cook more.
Beauty: I have a few favourites in this category - mainly because I love to have different points of view. My longtime favourite reads have been Lily Pebbles, Vivianna Does Makeup and Essie Button, but more recently I have stumbled across UNSTITCHEDD. I would really recommend giving these girls a read - although I am sure you have heard of them before.
Fashion: I have always loved The Camera's Lying and feel that being closer in age gives me a closer connection to Amy's blog. Her Youtube Channel is also worth having a watch

Name a blog that enables your purchases
Urgh - I am so bad with spending, however there aren't any specific blogs which are my enablers, although if I se a product mentioned more than once on my Bloglovin feed then I am sure to add it to my wish list!!

Blogs everyone should be reading!
- Steve Booker - this might be considered an odd choice for a girl but his playlist post really inspire me and I love the care and attention he puts into his outfits
- A Thrifty Mrs - another non beauty relate blog, but the tips and tricks I have learnt through El's blog are a godsend. Who would have though vinegar had so many uses!!
- Student Life - Oh my this girl is funny! Being a student I can totally relate but for any girl this blog is a must!
- Sprinkle of Glitter - I know most people will have heard of Louise... but her blog is always the one I check for first on Bloglovin. It must be the mixture of cute baby and down to earth writing that gets me!

Your favourite way to read blogs
I have always used Bloglovin to read my blogs as it makes it so much easier to have all my favourite blogs in the same feed.  I also love the way you have group the blogs you follow

Bloggers that inspire you
I know they have already been mentioned but both Lily Pebbles and Essie Button are my inspiration - they are the reason I chose to begin blogging frequently again!

Favourite blog design/look
I love blogs which are simple, just pictures and writing etc. If a blog looks to busy it really puts me off. However I also love a blog which reflects the blogger. I love the colours that Lily from LLYMLRS uses - mustard is just a great colour

What is your favourite thing about blogging?
Being able to frequently express myself through writing - it is something I love to develop and blogging is a great way to achieve this as it allows me to write about what I am enjoying as well as connecting with a group of people.
I also love having that escape that reading blogs offers without the need to commit to a whole book. Even spending only half an hour a day scrolling through blogs will improve my day!

Name a blogger you would most life to see write a book in the future!
A hard one as there are so many talented writers out there. If I had to choose anyone I think it would have to be Essie (and Aslan) as I love their outlook on interiors and always want to buy the furniture they mention. they also seem to travel to great places!

I hope you enjoyed this post and have found a few more blogs to read!
I would love some more suggestions on any of your favourite blogs!!

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Mid-Month Montage: Internet Window Shopping

Another monthly montage, but this time dedicated to the hours I spend looking at things that I don't have the funds to buy. (student problems ey!). I love looking at what other people have on their wish lists - maybe because I can live precariously through them, or I'm just incredibly nosy, i don't know!

Although this list isn't exactly the most exciting collections of wants and wishes - it reflects the needs of a student - comfy clothes, wearable shoes and a dash of beauty and the unnecessary.

        (links: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

1. I saw Lily from LilyPebbles wearing this on her Instagram and loved it - I am addicted to comfy sweaters and the tighter sleeves on this one add something a bit different

2. Ankle boots - how I love you! I have been looking for a nice, comfy pair of boots for a while and saw these is the Asos sale. Unfortunately I am only willing to part money for a black pair - however the style is great and if my bank allowed it I would for sure purchase these!

3. I saw these leggings whilst looking through Ebay (probably as a form of procrastinations) and loved the pattern. I have never tried any of BooHoo's clothes before but I have heard good things about them. 

4. Tangle Teasers - a cult product that I have yet to give in to. I prefer to stick to my Primark hairbrushes as they are a lot more affordable however this will probably make it onto my Christmas/Birthday list.

5. The community has been raving about the launch of Tanya Burr's product line and I just want to give it a go. The nail polishes don't look individual enough for me however I don't own many lip glosses. The colour in the photo is Picnic in the Park - a dark baby pink perfect for the day time in my opinion. 

I hope you enjoyed looking through the things I would love to be able to buy!
Is there anything that you are really lusting over at the moment?

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

The stories we love best live in us forever...

This is quite simply a list of book I have bought to read. I have always loved reading and when given a book voucher recently I had no idea what to buy having taken a break from the literary world since studying English Literature took all the enjoyment out of it. The last book I read was The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I loved it - so much so that I read it in about two days over Christmas and then had no option but to pass it over to my sister for her to again read it in as little time. At the time I also bought the new novel by Khalid Hosseini - And the Mountains Echoed but revision and the urge to read more of John Green's work led to it being put to one side.

The other day i ventured out into the rain and found the Waterstone's nearest to me to witness a buy one get one half price offer on many books. With this I picked up 4 more books (lucky I had a voucher or my bank balance would not be happy ey!!).

(Sorry for the fuzziness... I seem to have misplaced my camera - iPad pictures aren't the best!)

1. Stoner - John Williams
2. Will Grayson, Will Grayson - John Green & David Leuithan
3. An Abundance of Katherines - John Green
4. Paper Towns - John Green
5. And the Mountains Echoes - Khaled Hosseini

Yes, there is a running theme - but as I have learnt in the past - I generally fall into patterns of authors. I once read most of Alexander McCall Smith's book series, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, one after the other. The odd book out was picked up out of pure interest, and then as the blurb allowed my pre-judgements to be proven wrong I felt it was only fair to give it a go - I have started to read Williams' book, it is definitely interesting but I will have to wait to finish it to give it a fair judgement!

Do any of you have a love for reading?
Would you be interested in any of these books being reviewed?

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

"I Want To Ride My Bicycle"

Today, most probably as a form of procrastination, but also because going back to Uni has been a good reason to start a health kick, I went for a cycle ride. For me this is not that drastic, as a child we would go on family bike rides all the time, but since being at Uni my exercise has fallen and I really need to start doing something!

Next to my house is a beautiful park with a river running through it - a perfect place for a winter cycle ride. The paths run on both sides of the river and around the University playing fields, allowing for a good distance to be covered without having to travel too far away.

Here are some pictures of my cycling adventure  - I hope you enjoy them!

Have any of you started anything new fitness wise in the new year?