Thursday, 30 January 2014

January in review

So I set myself 3 goals for January: 

1. Start of a* challenge
2. Exercise more 
3. No spend January 

I'm going to talk about my a* challenge on my other blog! so look out for that! 

The other two? 
I managed about two days if my abs challenge!! Oops! So I have pinned a fab abs February challenge and I am determined that February will be THE month to get my abs back!! Also, I'm getting my asthma checked out so hopefully I can start running again soon. 
I also tried two different exercise DVDs. One was a yogalites one, but the women was sooooo boring and patronising that I made it like two minutes in! Then I also did one called the shrink challenge or something? By the women from biggest loser. She was SHOUTY but apparently she ermm "gets results". So let's check in on that one at the end of February ;-) 

No spend January? 

This one was actually a necessity not just in January but it's looking like pretty much every month until I graduate!!! I didn't do too bad at this. Apart from one mcdonalds and eh occasional bite to eat whilst I was out I really cut down on my spending, specifically spending money on food when I'm out and about. I have been very blessed by a boyfriend who likes to treat me, so I have been gifted two new Filofaxes amongst other things! 

This was a real steep learning curve but it also taught me what I can go without. 
Esther from dear friend blogged that I am on a mission not to buy brand new clothes this year, it's not my challenge.. But do you know what? It's actually quite a good idea!! So, I guess that's my nest challenge for 2014!!! 

So challenges for February:
1. Drink more water 
2. Do more exercise 
3. Start the 2014 clothing challenge. 

Check in soon!! 

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Blog chat Tuesday- Pauper to Princess

Today I'm talking with my beautiful friend, Louise. Blogger at pauper into princess, fashionista and founder of Find Me. Here what she had to say: 

1. Can you tell me a bit about yourself?

I'm 24, live in Dorset, and run a fashion startup. My company, Find Me, helps charity shops target young people and we're currently running popup shops on campuses and high streets around the country.

2. Can you tell me a little bit about your blog? (i.e. whats it about, how did it get started etc?)

It's a fashion blog where everything featured costs under £5. I do beauty reviews, DIYs, and a lot of outfit posts. If you ever wished you could find more charity shop gems, are a self confessed thrifting addict, or simply want to see how to follow trends on a budget then Pauper to Princess is for you!
I started it when I was living in Boston as all my friends had blogs, mostly lifestyle blogs, and I wanted to find a niche that people rarely write about. I always surprise people with how cheap my outfits are, and America was especially epic for thrifting.... so I decided I wanted to show others how to shop ethically too. 

3. What's your favourite thing about blogging?

I love hearing from readers that it's inspired them to go into their local charity shops. I often feature readers' outfits and I adore seeing the fabulous things they've found. 

4. What's your least favourite thing?

It's surprisingly time consuming, and I always feel really guilty if I let it slip and miss a whole week. I also struggle getting decent photos with this terrible British weather!!

5. If you could write any other type of blog what would it be?

A music blog - I love discovering new bands and seeing them slowly become famous. It's so exciting when you first hear them on primetime radio or MTV. Or, a travel blog as I'm always dashing off to random countries (as cheaply as possible of course!) and picking up bargain clothes and accessories. Perhaps a travel fashion thrifting blog.... quite a niche!

6. Do you have any blogs that you'd recommend?

Oh heaps - I read lots of thrifting blogs and also some of the more mainstream fashion blogs. People making a living out of blogging still blows my mind.

FleurdeForce (beauty vlogger), a pair and a spare (DIY), Goodwillista (thrifting), London's Closet (fashion), miss budget beauty (lifestyle and beauty thrifting), Not Dressed as Lamb (fashion), Spoolish (thrifting) - just to name a few....

7. What three things would you say to wannabe bloggers?

* Give it a go! You can start off small and you never know what might come of it.

* Make sure you interact with as many other bloggers as you can - commenting, following, guest posts, etc.

* Brush up your photo editing skills - they can make or break your blog.

8. Anything else you'd like to add.

Thanks for reading! Please do check out my blog, and send me in your favourite bargain thrifted outfit photos. xoxo

Thank you to Louise. This week I'll  also be blogging about my Charity shop spree with Louise. 

Until then

L x

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Blog chat Tuesday - Dear Friend London

Happy Tuesday!!! My laptop is throwing a tantrum today so I'm writing this on the iPad. Apologises if it's not as pretty. 
Firstly a huge thank you to all those who read and retweeted last week's posts. I was overwhelmed by the recognition my little blog got. the 23 things post got nearly 150 views. amazing achievement for me. So thank you.

Today's post is another exciting one. My wonderful friend Esther has had quite year! In between her adventures with her husband (and alone), worshipping God ANDDDDD going to uni she's set up a social enterprise and blog. Check out my chat with her below: 

1. Can you tell me a bit about yourselves? 

Hi, my name is Esther. I live in East London with my lovely husband, we have been married for 1 and a half years and are loving every minute of it. I am currently studying here in East London, but am looking forward to graduating (ahh but then I’ll be a grown up!). In September I started a social enterprise called ‘Dear Friend’, this is my real passion and I wish I could devote every minute to it!

2. Can you tell me a little bit about your blog? 

(i.e. whats it about, how did it get started etc?)
Dear Friend is a little community loving movement. I run craft workshops for ladies in the local community, we make beautiful things, build relationships and encourage one another (as well as eating plenty of cake). Some of the thing we make are sold-on through etsy to fund the next workshop. The blog is part of this, my dream is that it will encourage people to get creative, to live in the knowledge that they are wonderfully made and to reach out to the people in their communities. I don’t want the focus of the blog to be on me or superficial things, but to be on beautiful and real things. There are craft tutorials, peoples stories, healthy budget recipes and posts about the joy of community. Interwoven throughout all these posts is the story of me being vulnerable in my creativity, posting something even though its feels scary to. I feel a lot more comfortable teaching crafts face-to-face than relying on my ability to put words into sentences and take nice pictures to communicate. 

3. What's your favourite thing about blogging?
I think this changes often, I love having a space to be creative and share my passions. My blog pushes me to try new things, like doing a little photoshoot, and practice things like writing. Its also a place to come to terms with insecurities and fears, what if no one reads this, what if these pictures aren’t good enough, but I’m not as funny as that other blogger... you get the picture. Another thing i love are the relationships that are formed through the world of blogging. It unlike any other relationship- you’ve never met, yet you know so much about the other person. These can become really encouraging friendships and I have ‘met’ some absolutely lovely ladies.

4. What's your least favourite thing?

I recently found a website which has a forum totally dedicated to bitching and putting down different bloggers. It is seriously horrible stuff. When you share your life so freely on the internet you have to accept that some people may not like it, but the reality is that your blog may also be encouraging and inspiring people (I read a blog which on a weekly basis makes me cry, in a good way). So my least favourite thing about blogging are the haters, whether they are real people or the doubts in your mind. 

5. If you could write any other type of blog what would it be?

Each week I want to write a different type of blog. Id love to write a travel blog, a DIY lifestyle blog, a fashion blog, an art blog, an interior design blog. At the moment I would love to have a wedding photography blog, because it means I would be a wedding photographer. But for now I like Dear Friend, I can write about any subject that takes my fancy. 

6. Do you have any blogs that you'd recommend?
Here are some of my all time favourite blogs:

1 http://www.rebekkamannseale.com
This is the first blog I ever LOVED, her writing and pictures leave me dreaming.

2 http://hopeengaged.blogspot.co.uk
This is the blog that makes me cry, this lady has an AMAZING heart.

3 http://www.abeautifulmess.com
For me, and many others, this is a blog staple. These ladies have my dream job.

4 http://www.alastairhumphreys.com
This one is very different to the others, he’s a british explorer trying to persuade others to step out of their comfort zones and go on an adventure.

5 http://www.mishlovinlife.com
Just got back from travelling the world, she makes the mundane hilarious.

6 http://www.soshayblog.com
This is a newer blog for me, a lovely lady who writes how I speak in my head. Also has great grooveshark playlists.

7. What three things would you say to wannabe bloggers?

Don't compare yourself to others.
Blog because you enjoy it.
Be yourself.

8. Anything else you'd like to add.
Thank you so much Laura for having me! 

Thank you very much, Esther and thank you to all of you for reading. 
If you would like to be involved in blog chat Tuesday let me know.

and to find out more about Esther & Dear friend.. press the button!

Sunday, 12 January 2014

23 things to do- my response

Last week this post went viral across my Facebook newsfeed. So I read it. And I reposted it.
Then I read this response. And the comments. And the response to the comments.
And then I read this response.

And now I'm writing my own.

First of all, I want to recognise that the original article was intended as sattire and this is not intended as a post to bitch out the blogger.

One bit nearly made me weep: "get a tattoo it's more permenant than marriage" - ouch! It concerns me that this is where we're at in society, this is how marriage is viewed. But that's probably a seperate post in itself!

But I do think there is some (slightly bitter) truth to it! I do feel like everyttime I log onto my Facebook someone else is getting engaged or married or having a baby! And that's great. But it can be difficult to watch and not feel slightly envious.

I'm 21 I'll be 22 in February and honestly I don't think I will be getting engaged in the next 14 months! But who knows?
The second response got some seriously heavy critique in the comments. I feel like people really pounced on the word "instead" .
Ok so I'll just say this: married people are fun! Marriage is fun!! 
I look at my friends Matt and Esther who travelled to like 5 between them countries last year ... Yea, boring young married couple. I know!
But also single people are fun. Singleness is fun!!

Basically, I'm fed up of being told that there's a specific age we must be at. For Christians it's often joked that if you're not married by 21 you're over the hill and yet I spoke to someone the other day who told me not to get married until I'm at least 30!

So here's the top of my list: (God willing)
1. Get married when I'm ready, when God says so, when the man of my dreams asks me. Don't speed up this process but don't delay it either
2. Have a marriage as permenant as my tattoos.

And here's my 23 before I'm 23. If you're single OR married please feel free to take your pick of my list...
1. Graduate, with a first. Graduate with some of my favourite people.
2. Ride in an aeroplane, twice ideally ;-)
3. Visit 5 New UK citities
4. Drink more water
5. Drink better quality  wine 
6. Start a job I love
7. Complete a pinterest project 
8. Go glamping
9. Visit a new European city
10. Hug my American best friend
11. Learn to crochet.
12. Read more newspaper articles
13. Own 10 filofaxes
14. Cook a three course Sunday lunch, from scratch. No shortcuts!
15. Own my own Christmas tree
16. Walk on an unfamiliar beach
17. Blend my own tea
18. Go on a boat
19. Watch the sunrise
20. Pull an allnighter. For any reason.
21. Collate a photo album
22. Read more classic books
23. Eat a whole jar of nutella (with someone, on my own, in one sitting. Who cares??? Just eat it!)

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Blog lovin'

Exciting news



I'm now on bloglovin: 


 Grab your binoculars, come follow me!

Blog chat Tuesday- The Style Rawr

In amongst assignment chaos this is a day late. so welcome to the first blog chat Tuesday (on a Wednesday!!) 

Today I'm talking with Jade,  the northern contingent of The Style Rawr.
I have loved getting to know Jade and Tara over the last year and consider them to be friends now. They are beautiful, stylish, kind and funny. But without too much Brown nosing. Here's what Jade had to say:

1. Can you tell me a bit about yourselves? 
Jade is from the North West and Tara is from the South West but we're so close it feels like we're next door neighbours!

2. Can you tell me a little bit about your blog? (i.e. whats it about, how did it get started etc?)
The Style Rawr is a 3 year old fashion blog. It started as a way for us to share fashion faves with each other and anyone who fancied listening in!

3. what's your favourite thing about blogging?
Definitely meeting so many interesting people and being invited to exciting events and parties!

4. whats your least favourite thing?
Sometimes it can feel like you have homework to do. It can be very time consuming!

5. if you could write any other type of blog what would it be? 
 Tara would have a lifestyle blog about interiors, baking etc. That girl is a domestic goddess. I would run a Taylor Kitsch appreciation blog.

6. Do you have any blogs that you'd recommend?
We are big fans of Steph at http://www.faiiint.com/faiiint/, Amie at http://www.creditcrunchchic.com/ and Kylie at http://www.memoirmode.com/

7. what three things would you say to wannabe bloggers?
Have fun. It's easy to get downhearted because other bloggers seem to get more attention than you, but try to remember that it's supposed to be fun!

8. anything else you'd like to add.
Work that social media. It's free promotion so you need to be all over Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram! 


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Friday, 3 January 2014

2014

Happy New year!!!
I hope your NYE was a lot of fun! I'm not normally a lover of the event but my dad and stepmum had a Disney reversed party (women as male characters and vice versa) and I had a lot of fun (also confirmed I'm singstar champion of the world! Fact!)
So moving on to 2014. I'm not setting a year long resolution. Instead I'm setting shorter length challenges :
Starting with one month challenges from money saving mom
So January will consist of getting fit and doing more exercise. I found a fab abs January programme on pinterest which is where I most want to focus my attention. I'm also going to get my asthma checked out (as in DO I have asthma? coz I think I do) then I'm going to run again! Bring it on!
I'm also undertaking a no spending month which I'll blog about more fully later this month. But effectively I'm only paying for essential this month: groceries, petrol, bills, rent!
And finally, my 6 month challenge: the A* challenge! Click the link to see my other blog for full details!
So I'm pretty excited and motivated! 
How about you? Have you set any resolutions or challenges? What are your goals for 2014?
Until the next time...
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