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Description: Hello Angels! I’ve been gone about 2 months now, and in all honesty, I needed that break away from blogging. From coming up with ideas, from writing in general. I needed time to think about me, and I’d not taken time off to think about myself in a long time. I’d taken time to breathe,… Continue reading Where Have I Been?  more...

Hello Angels!

I’ve been gone about 2 months now, and in all honesty, I needed that break away from blogging. From coming up with ideas, from writing in general. I needed time to think about me, and I’d not taken time off to think about myself in a long time. I’d taken time to breathe, to get inspiration, but not time to think about me.

Honestly, in this time, I considered getting rid of my blog completely. I thought about giving it up, removing myself from the community and just taking myself away. Not even for any real reason, it was just a fleeting thought. But then, it made me consider where I wanted this blog to go. What direction I wanted it to go in.

I know I’ve tried many styles. I’ve tried beauty blogging but honestly, I’m no where good enough and I drown in the competition of talented bloggers around me. I tried fashion blogging but between companies not looking for ‘plus size models and bloggers’ (I’m a 10 on top and 14 on the bottom because ya girl got hips, just so you know how ridiculous it is) and a lot of companies in the past put me off, it’s not a road I’d dedicte myself to go down. I’ve tried humour, I’ve tried music, but so few people look for posts like that, when they’re honestly the posts that take the most time and planning.

So I decided no. No, I would not put myself into a box.

Posts I plan on doing are more music based, because we all know that it’s where my passion lies. It’s where my soul sets on fire, where I have opinions, where I can talk in depth.

Will I be doing other posts? Of course. If you do the same thing every day, even when you have passion, it lessens.

But, to answer the title, where have I been? I’ve been with myself, thinking and plotting and so many lyrics have been written- a lot of which I’m going to be selling. I’ve been with my family, where I can be me with no restraint, where I feel unconditional love- I’ve especially been with my mum, who is my rock and an iconic woman who deserves more recognition. I’ve been with my boyfriend who is incredible and somehow puts up with my utter shit. I’ve been with friends: those who have stuck around, who message, who call, who go get food with me when I appear randomly. I’ve been in uni where I’m starting to find my feet and shape a possible future.

I put a post on Instagram the other day: “I’m proud of the woman I’ve become because I spent a hell of a time becoming her.” That’s something I feel deeply. I’m at a stage where I’m proud of myself. I’m proud of obstacles I’ve overcome, of people I’ve finally let go of, of the things I’ve achieved.

I’ve been many places, and those have allowed me to become me. Not ‘new and improved’ because I was fine before. But I’ve become more me.

I’ll be back soon, Angels. Promise you.

Stay safe and stay happy?

My Favourite Things about Christmas
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Description: Hello Angels! I thought I’d do a more typical kind of Blogmas blog post today and tell you about my favourite things about Christmas and this time of year in general! The atmosphere: Around Christmas, people are usually happier. They’re usually more smiley, they think of others more and they’re more thoughtful… honestly, I get… Continue reading My Favourite Things about Christmas  more...

Hello Angels!

I thought I’d do a more typical kind of Blogmas blog post today and tell you about my favourite things about Christmas and this time of year in general!

  1. The atmosphere: Around Christmas, people are usually happier. They’re usually more smiley, they think of others more and they’re more thoughtful… honestly, I get ‘Christmas Fever’ and fall into a lull and get excited to a point where I’m grumpy because it’s not Christmas yet or my birthday. But, it does make me happier when I go out and see how happy everyone is, and how there’s just a different atmosphere.
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  2. Family and Friends: Cringe worthy I know, but I love the time I spend with friends and family around Christmas, and part of it is because of the reasons above. Me and my friends all in different places in both the aspect of education but also in life, so when we can get together it does make me feel happier. And the family I see and actually speak to are very close to me, and I love spending time with them, whether it be playing a game or watching a film. We all make more effort around Christmas.
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  3. The food: Forgive me okay, I’m only human. This time of year is when all the good food comes out; there’s mince pies, there’re frosted fancies (strongly recommend), you see more cranberries, the special coffees and hot chocolates, mulled wine comes back into our lives and makes us make terrible decisions; it’s a great time for food.
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  4. Giving: I love getting people presents, which I’ve already kind of spoken about in my present hacks, which I’ll link here. I get people stuff throughout the year just if it reminds me of them or I think they’d like it, so when I have an excuse to go all out and spoil people, it’s a good time for me. I think I actually like giving people presents as much as I liked getting them.
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  5. The films: You can’t beat a good Christmas film. We have Krampus which we’re going to watch tonight, and I think we’ll be watching Christmas films a lot more than we have been. I know I’ve done a list of my favourites (which I’ll link here) but can we give a shout out to the terrible Christmas films that make us laugh and baffle us because of how awful they are?
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  6. The music: I do love some good cheesy Christmas music occasionally. Again, I’ve spoken about it before and I’ll leave you the link here, but it honestly gets me into the Christmas mood, and some of it is so cheesy or overplayed it makes me cringe, but there are some gems hidden.
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  7. The tree: I’m going to be doing a post on the Christmas tree we have soon, but the tree is one of my favourite parts of Christmas. The amount of memories I have from decorating it will never fail to make me smile, and I love how cosy it makes me feel sitting by it.
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  8. My birthday: Don’t you judge me, my birthday is right by Christmas, so if course it will be one of my favourite times of the year. Highlights are always the cake my mum makes and how excited she looks when I open stuff she’s gotten for me, she orders them so if any tie together I’ll not get any hints about stuff. She’s a really good mum. Pops makes cups of tea and laughs when I inevitably cry at something.
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  9. Snow: Right, there is hardly any snow here and it makes me angry- I’m jealous of all of you on Instagram with your pretty snow pictures, we had some yesterday, but hardly any today and I’m sad. Snow is one of my favourite things, even if my hands do go numb and I get sad when it’s no longer all pretty and white and fluffy.
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  10. The markets: I love Christmas markets: there’s always so much there and so many pretty lights. I’ve found some incredible handmade stuff I’d have gotten if I didn’t have to get it back on a bus or train, and the food always smells so good. There’s just something that feels kinda magic about them.

Hope you enjoyed this list- what are your favourite things about this time of year? Feel free to let me know!

Stay safe and stay happy Angels! ?

The CF Trust
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Description: Hello Angels! I have a post for you which is more serious than my last few, and it should be shorter than them in all honesty, but I think it’s something important to talk about, so bare with me. They say Christmas is the time to give back a little bit… I think we should… Continue reading The CF Trust  more...

Hello Angels!

I have a post for you which is more serious than my last few, and it should be shorter than them in all honesty, but I think it’s something important to talk about, so bare with me.

They say Christmas is the time to give back a little bit… I think we should give back all year around, but it’s no secret that donations to charity go up around Christmas. So, this kind of does tie in with the Blogmas challenge I’ve taken on (and done very well considering Blogtober was an utter flop).

My tutor in Uni is raising money for the CF Trust: Cystic Fibrosis is a utterly horrendous disease, affecting more than 10,400 in the UK. CF controls the movement of salt and water in and out of cells, meaning that people with cystic fibrosis experience a build-up of thick sticky mucus in the lungs, digestive system and other organs, lowering the life expectancy of around 41. It’s been found that 1 in 25 people carry this gene without an idea until a child is born with CF.

All money gathered from the trust goes into research in the disease and helps treatment for it. With the money raised, they’re currently trying to gain more clinical trials to find out more about the disease, and also give a voice to those with CF. They also attempt to make the lives of those with CF better. I’m no expert, so I’ll link the website here if you want to find out more.

I have donated to the fundraiser she is doing (I am anonymous on it), so I’ll leave a link here to it, and it SHOULD soon be on the sidebar of my blog itself soon enough, or at least just a link you can copy and paste.

Stay safe and stay happy, Angels! ?

 

Blogmas: New Tattoo
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Description: Hello Angels! This will be a shorter post, but my next few scheduled posts will be longer, so allow me this one! I did say I was going to be getting a tattoo for my birthday present, and it’s been done and it’s healing very nicely. It’s not at all a Christmas-y post, I just… Continue reading Blogmas: New Tattoo  more...

Hello Angels!

This will be a shorter post, but my next few scheduled posts will be longer, so allow me this one!

I did say I was going to be getting a tattoo for my birthday present, and it’s been done and it’s healing very nicely. It’s not at all a Christmas-y post, I just wanted to break up the masses of Christmas stuff that has been coming your way and will be, and also show off about my tattoo, just a little bit.

Click to view slideshow.

It took 3 hours, which is the longest a tattoo has taken on me personally, and you can see from the first picture (green top) that my arm is red as hell and very shiny. It did hurt towards the end because he was going over it repeatedly to get the shading right, and it takes up most of the top of my arm. You can see that a few days later, it was a lot calmer and it looks less severe. If you’re in/ around St Helens, honestly try Fishbone, their artists are amazing and Mark has done all 5 of mine now.

So, why did I get this?

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have seen one reason: I’m a massive Edgar Allan Poe fan and have been since I was about 10, and I’ve always loved the poem Nevermore. It’s easily one of the best pieces of writing I’ve ever read, so this one is honestly a dream come true.

The poem is basically about a young man mourning the loss of his lover one December night when a Raven comes into his room. As he speaks to the Raven, all the raven can say is ‘Nevermore’ which the man relates due to his sadness, but as time goes on, it angers him more and more as when asked if he’ll ever get over his love, the raven of course says ‘Nevermore’. The man is driven into madness by the raven, who sits and watches as the man beings to lose his sanity.

A brief summary, so not to spoil too much for you, but it’s clearly not an overly happy poem, but it is beautiful and chilling at times, and to me, that goes for life too. I like the fact that the raven repeats ‘Nevermore’: to me, it’s as if since he lost his love, his happiness will never return. There is an undying devotion within the poem: the narrator wants to remember everything and cling on, but he also wants to forget, and I relate to that in some parts of my life. There are times I want to forget, but times I’m so happy I remember because it taught me a lot. It also connects to me as the narrator is asking purposely self-deprecating questions which he wants to hear ‘Nevermore’ to and he wants to feel the pain… I’m just a glutton for punishment and too curious for my own good.

To me, it also also important I got it in December for many reasons. First of all, I had it as a Birthday present (only 11 days until my actual birthday), but I could have gotten a different tattoo as I had the money to get it in October. First of all, the poem is set in December and I’m a complete nerd in that aspect, shoot me okay, I like good literature, the more depressing the better. The second reason is, in legends, December is the darkest time and also the most evil, which is ironic seeing as it’s Christmas time and the story goes that Jesus was born then (though I have a post which will blow your mind on that coming up). Then, the Raven is seen as a sign of the devil, and again, it’s ironic to get it around Christmas time. I’m just an arsehole at times.

Also, I fucking love Edgar Allan Poe, and he deserves a tattoo spot on my body.

I hope you enjoyed- do you have any tattoos, or do you want any? Any meanings behind them? If you do and there are, tell me, I’d love to hear! And if you want a dedicated tattoo post, I can happily do that after Christmas!

Stay safe and stay happy, Angels! ?

Blogmas: Places to Buy
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Description: Hello Angels! First of all, none of this post is sponsored, I wish it was and if any of them want to work with me, hit me up, but no. I just love these companies and they’ve delivered the goods this Christmas, so I wanted to compile a list. Firebox: I thank Firebox for giving… Continue reading Blogmas: Places to Buy  more...

Hello Angels!

First of all, none of this post is sponsored, I wish it was and if any of them want to work with me, hit me up, but no. I just love these companies and they’ve delivered the goods this Christmas, so I wanted to compile a list.

  1. Firebox: I thank Firebox for giving me the weird, unusual presents I’d not be able to get anywhere else. Mildly offensive, and slightly tongue and cheek (and alcoholic), they’re one of my go to places for presents, Birthdays or Christmas.
  2. LindyBop: For things with a cute, vintage twist, go to LindyBop. Their sales are pretty good, and I’ve managed to grab some utter bargains from there. They do some home stuff, but mostly clothing and shoes for women: I’m waiting for the day they do mens stuff, my brother will be 100x easier to buy for.
  3. Superdrug: My homeland. Since doing Christmas shopping, I’ve done two different shop loads from there, and they’ve made me finish shopping and add tiny extras to some peoples present hauls. I strongly suggest you get a card with them; it makes shopping there cheaper in the long run.
  4. Black Betty: They’re a site mum pointed me in the direction of, where they sell left over stock of women’s clothes at a major discounted price. You have to check daily, I will admit, because they have constantly updating stock, but some of the bargains you can grab are amazing.
  5. Amazon: We all know I was going to put Amazon on here, especially after my Prime ‘hack’ (from yesterdays post here). You can get amazing deals from the marketplace, and Amazon themselves have been pulling out the stops with some stuff.
  6. ASOS: I’m a blogger and a student, do you honestly think I’d miss off ASOS? God no: I’ve not actually bought much from there this year, but they do have amazing deals and it’s a simple place to shop; instead of trailing websites, you can just look at there and hunt… though do get a cup of tea while you hunt, it will take a long time.
  7. eBay: My saviour. Literally, I find so many good deals on eBay that save me so much money, and it’s so easy to use, even my dad can use it and I had to show him how to copy and paste the other day.
  8. Primark: Sadly, this isn’t one you can use online, but Primark is heaven for me when Christmas shopping. If I can find stuff for my dad and brother, I can find stuff for anyone… including myself, I’m still not over their Beauty and the Beast range (and still after a bloody Chip mug, but I do have the slippers at least).
  9. Friars: If you’re looking for a wide variety of chocolate, go to Friars. I will say now though, their alcoholic chocolates are incredibly strong, so not for those with a low tolerance… unless they want to get pissed easy, then a tester pack of 6 should be more than enough.
  10. Everything5Pounds: This is another one mum told me about and I’ve found some amazing stuff on there. Everything is, in fact, 5, but you can also get some stuff for 2.50 if you look at the right time. I’ve managed to get bloody good shoes for that before now- if you’ve never had alook, check it out!
  11. Local Shops: You can find some amazing handmade stuff in local shops and support smaller businesses. I’m a big believe in the ‘support handmade’ and ‘support local business’ thing, and I’ve bought amazing presents from sellers in the past- try etsy or hunt in your local town. There’ll be thought in it, you’re helping somebody else out, and it’s also usually one of a kind.

I hope this helped you out on some level and gave you some new places to shop!

Stay safe and stay happy, Angels!


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