4 Ways To Make Your Home Autumn - Ready (Hygge Style)

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Ai-ai-ai, you must be getting SICK of all these Autumnal blog posts... unless you're like me (and 99% of the blogger population) and absolutely love the season and wish it could be Autumn every day. In that case; I like you, you can stick around. 

I'm so excited to have moved out and settled in to my new flat just in time for the new season. You can bet that I'll be going all out with my decorations- and if I get my flat tidied up at some point I might do a little flat-tour...

Here's my list of things you can do/buy to make your home that little bit more autumnal/hygge; whether you live in student halls, or have a massive house to decorate (in which case, GO YOU!!).


Candles are an absolute must for the season, imo. They create such a cosy atmosphere, and are just so relaxing. I recently went shopping for some homeware bits and bobs, and oh my god you have no idea how happy I was when I went into TJ Hughes (a bargain store on Argyll Street in Glasgow) to find that they were selling the best Bath and Bodyworks candle dupes. They have a whole range of autumnal and festive scents from 'fall leaves' to 'spiced pumpkin latte', and they burn soo well. IKEA always have lovely (affordable) candles, too. 


Like candles, I just think fairy lights are so lovely and cosy. They can really brighten up a room in such a simple, minimalistic way. I'm still to find myself a set of affordable fairy lights that will go well in my gigantic-ass bedroom, but the day I do will be a good day!


I love soft, luxurious throws and blankets... the fluffier the better. A lot of bloggers and youtubers have white faux fur blankets and rugs, but my Autumn colour-scheme in my bedroom largely revolves around greys and browns. A few weeks ago I had a little gander at the homeware section of TK MAXX (We dont have a home sense in Glasgow, sad face) and set my eyes on a lush fluffy brown faux fur throw which just HAD to be mine. J'aime. 


So, this is only really if you're wanting to REALLY go for the decorations this year (umm, i.e. me). I've been on the hunt for some pretty bunting that I can hang up in my flat just to brighten it up a little bit... and honestly autumn couldn't have come at a better time, lol. I found this gorgeous handmade autumn leaf bunting on etsy, which I am so in love with. It says that it's for weddings, but is it really such a crime if I just use it in my bedroom? 

How will you be decorating your house this Autumn?

Adios, xo

Taking Care Of Myself During the Autumn Months

Sunday, 17 September 2017

I came to terms with the fact that I have SAD around two years ago; although I have memories of experiencing it for the past five years. Since then I have seen countless bloggers confess that they too suffer from the illness... which is a bit ironic, since Autumn is known as the 'favourite' season in the blogosphere.

Seasonal Affective Disorder affects everyone differently, every year. I have never had the same experience two years in a row. 2015 was the hardest year I've ever had, whereas last year I only had a few scattered really bad days. 

It's hard, because I don't know what to expect.

I don't want to leave it to chance, so this year I decided to do everything in my power to make this coming season as comfortable as possible. I've never tried any of these things before, and they are 100% just ideas and not medically approved or anything... but I'm hoping they'll help a little bit.

Brighter Light Bulbs
I have been told over and over again that I should buy myself an SAD Light Box... I don't know about you, but I don't exactly have £50 lying around waiting to be spent on a light-up box. Instead of splashing out on that, I'm going to replace my lamps with brighter (energy saving) light bulbs, which will hopefully brighten up my room in the coming months.

Get a Big Ol' Plant
Back in my family home, we have a big Yucca plant in the living room. My Mum always said that having plants in her house lifted her spirits, and I want to put this to the test.

Cosy and Warm
I've been told before that I am generally in a better mood when I'm warm... and between hot food and drinks, cosy blankets and warm clothes, I should be able to avoid the cold as much as possible, without too much difficulty.

Keep In Touch
Although I had a relatively good season last year, I found myself struggling to keep up with all my friends and family. I love them all- but most days I just "couldn't be bothered". It became a bit of a chore to reply to texts/messages, or keep a conversation going. Yet, the encounters I had with my friends re-energized me, and helped me get through some of the toughest days.

Do you suffer from SAD? How do you cope?

Adios, xo

"It Sounds Like You Have Too Much On Your Plate!"

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

I was absolutely shattered after work yesterday, so I ordered a taxi to take me home to my flat. Because yes, I was so lazy/exhausted that I couldn't make the 25 minute treck. 

When the taxi driver picked me up he commented on how tired I looked, and asked if I was feeling 'fragile' (i.e. hungover). Lol, I wish. No, I had just finished a 5 hour shift at TGI Fridays, where I had walked a total of 10 miles... after staying up late the night before, to get my uni work done. 

And now here I am, sitting in a local cafe, eating my veggie burger and writing this post while simultaneously being active on twitter/facebook/emails/instagram.

On the way home, the taxi driver said something that struck me.

"It sounds like you have too much on your plate"

And you know, I could only agree with him. I work full time hours, while also studying towards my BA in Business Management, while also running this blog, spending time with my family, and having an ACTUAL SOCIAL LIFE.

Because I have so much to do, my rest/sleep time is becoming smaller, and smaller, and smaller... hearing me complaining about having a two hour sleep no longer shocks or surprises any of my friends.

But I still have so much more that I want to do. I guess you could say that my 'eyes' are bigger than my 'belly'. 

I want to blog consistently- like once every two days. I want to start my newsletter back up again. I want to take more of my own pictures and never, never, never have to search for a stock photo ever again. I want to work on promoting my blog photography service, and getting more projects. I want to go to more blogger events... and to be able to travel to the ones -e.g. in London- that aren't exactly close to home. I want to be able to see my friends who are scattered around the UK. I want to be able to work 12-5pm during the week, so that I can see all the people I've not worked with in weeks/months. I want to be able to go out for a few drinks with my friends after a long day at uni. I want to go home to see my Mum, Dad and brother at least once a week- or host them at my flat.

If I have too much on my plate now, I think my whole dining table would probably collapse under the weight of everything I want to do.

My problem is that I just don't know how to balance... and I've always been like this.

My youth group leader Lynn would tell you how she's lost count of the number of times that I've gotten myself into a tizzy simply because I've started trying to do more than I can cope. 

I don't know what I can take off of my plate, though.

I can't work less- because I have rent and bills to pay, as well as food (and makeup) to buy. I can't do less uni- and I've worked far too hard to get to where I am now -academically- to drop out. I don't want to stop blogging, or promoting, because it's something I genuinely love doing. And I certainly don't want to stop seeing my friends and family, because they are the people who I rely on the most when I have too much on my plate.

You see my dilemma?

I don't really know how to end this post... so I'm just going to leave it there. 

Adios, xo

My Blogging Goals | September

Sunday, 3 September 2017

I'm writing this in my local library, because I still don't have any wifi in my new flat. I know I said that I'd do a flat/bedroom tour soon, but I seriously did not realise how much would need to be sorted out before I even come close to being able to show off my flat. This is my first time moving into a new flat, so I'm really just learning as I go along. 

September marks the beginning of Autumn- which I reckon is probably the most celebrated season of the year in the blogosphere. At least, it's definitely the most popular season.

As Autumn rolls in, I look forward to spending some quality hygge nights in my new flat; wrapped up snug in a cosy blanket, with a cup of tea, with my cinnamon candles burning. Ah, yes

I am also looking forward to seeing what my favourite bloggers come up with this September- and what I get up to on my blog... which brings be on quite nicely to my goals for the next month;

I'm currently at 834 followers and counting, and I'm slowly creating a 'theme' that I am happy with. Hopefully, I will be able to grow my instagram followers to 1,000 by the end of the month.

P O S T I N G      C O N S I S T E N T L Y
Over the past few months I have cultivated a bit of a blogging rhythm; meaning that when I feel like writing for my blog, I write 3-5 posts, and then schedule them to go live on Wednesday and Sunday mornings. This is something that I haven't done in a while, though, and with uni starting mid-September, I really need to get some posts scheduled so that I can continue to be consistent on my blog.

T A K E       M O R E      P H O T O S 
The majority of photos used on this blog are my own, taken from my iPhone... and I'd like to keep it this way. I have not yet taken any blog photos for my new flat, so as September rolls in I'll definitely need to change that. Stock photos are fine for using occasionally- but I want my blog to display my content.

August proved to be quite the challenge for growing my Twitter. I've been stuck wavering between 1,040 and 1,060 for a while now- and I want to finally grow my followers to 1,100 this month.

'Bloggers Supporting Bloggers' is the name of one of the facebook pods I'm a part of... and it's also something which I have neglected lately. I want to get back into the swing of things- starting by commenting on a minimum of 5 blog posts a day. Not to further my own blog, but just simply to support the community that I love being a part of.

What are your goals for the month?

Adios, xo

Sunday Slumber

Sunday, 27 August 2017

August is drawing to a close, and I am spending my first weekend in my brand-spankin' new flat. I've got a homemade Iced Vanilla Latte in-hand, and I'm sat on my bed in a room full of boxes... I'm sure plenty of you will be able to relate. 

I can't wait to show you my flat once I've got everything sorted out, but today I just wanted to have a chilled coffee break with you guys before I have to get on with all this unpacking.

Autumn is creeping up on us, and I for one am rather excited. 

I usually LOVE Summer, but this year was a bit of a disappointment in that I didn't manage to go on holiday at all, and the weather in Glasgow was a bit crappy. Autumn is such a snug season, where listening to the rain pitter patter as you're wrapped up inside is comforting- rather than disappointing.

I'm looking forward to the cinnamon lattes, Autumnal-scented candles, and cosy movie nights with friends. 

I've decided to be more experimental with my cooking this week- because I'm sure as hell going to become sick of pasta if I keep things up the way they've been going so far. Since it's nearly Autumn, I've bought a bunch of ginger and I'm going to be trying to incorporate it with my meals. I might have a veggie and chicken roast one day, or something like that...

My Student Loan doesn't come in until mid-September, and recently new management have come in to work and dramatically cut down my it's safe to say that I'm going to really have to crack down on my budgeting for the forthcoming weeks. Does anyone have any money-saving/money-making tips or tricks? 

A lot of you will be starting Freshers or returning to University in about a fortnight... and I'm interested to know how you've prepared? 

This time last year I had splurged on a tonne new clothes (because in first year, you are taught that image is everything... but don't worry, by second semester you'll be rocking up to lectures in sweatpants and a 'styled' messy bun), about 6 A4 notebooks (when in reality I only actually needed 3, because I did the majority of my work on my laptop), and five books- one for every business subject... and yeah, I ended up only actually using one of them. 

I'll leave you with a couple of Uni-related links... and I wish you a wonderful Sunday Slumber

Adios, xo

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13 Reasons Why I Love Blogging

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Happy Sunday!

It's 11pm as I write this and I've got work tomorrow, and I am REALLY regretting the two vanilla lattes I just drank in the past two hours. I don't think my brain has -ever- felt this switched on.

I've just taken part of a really lovely twitter chat hosted by @Bliss_Bloggers, and it got me thinking about just how much I have benefited because of the wonderful blogosphere... so here are 13 things I love about blogging!

1. It has encouraged me to set regular, achievable goals for myself

2. Which in turn has really boosted my motivation and constant eagerness to strive to do and be better

3. Through writing for this blog over the years, I have learnt so much about myself that I wouldn't have otherwise

4. And I have had a creative outlet that I'm passionate about

5. Not only have I improved my writing skills, but I have also had the perfect environment for discovering and nurturing my love for photography... 

7. In general, my presence and following on social media has rocketed because of my involvement in the blogger community

8. Which brings me to talk about how much I adore being a part of the blogger community; a community centered around supporting and helping each other

10. In return, I have had the pleasure and privilege of encouraging some of my favourite creative influencers, like Jemma from Dorkface!

11. And I couldn't mention the blogging community without noting how much FUN I've had being a part of multiple Twitter chats- especially over the past few months

12. One of the things I love the most about it is that I have my very own unique little space, where I control exactly what goes up and how it is presented

13. Finally, it's been an amazing, exciting journey; getting to see my little corner of the internet grow

Do you blog? What do you love about it?

Adios, xo

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5 Feel Goods

Sunday, 20 August 2017

I've always been a big believer of the idea that people inspire other people to do great things... and blogging is no exception to this ideal. I am constantly inspired and encouraged by the community of bloggers that I surround myself with; especially on Bloglovin.

About a month ago, A Balancing Peach published a post called '5 Feel Goods'- a series she has established on her blog in which she shines light to some of the good stuff that is going on in the world. Inspired by this, I decided to have my own take on things... and I hope you enjoy reading it.

Zoella recently released her Jelly & Gelato Beauty range, and I loved watching her Vlog about it! It's so uplifting and cheery.

And Buzzfeed have listed all the places you can order flowers online, because flowers make everyone's day better!!!

There's even a list of sloth products, and a witty sloth-related pun to go with it for the title. 

Strathclyde University have announced that they are hosting a night with the BGT showstopper Honey G during Freshers week.

I stumbled upon this article about Baa Baa Land the other day, and was in a fit of giggles with my flatmates about it.

What's made you feel good lately?

Adios, xo

Remembering Auschwitz... and The Lessons I Learnt

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Hi loves... Just before I go on with this post, I would recommend you read up about my story- it'll help you understand a lot of where I'm coming from.

This morning, I woke up and went on twitter to promote the post I had just published- A Countdown To Uni. In the past few weeks, twitter has been a place of community for me- and it has given me a great platform to talk about my blog. 

But today, when I went on twitter and saw what people were saying, I cried. 

Because what I saw when I went on twitter was several people who I follow, talk about the fear they carry with them every day, because they are black in America. 

And what I saw when I went on twitter was that the President of the United States of America had failed to stand up for them and give them a voice- even when one of their own was killed.

"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality"

My Dad always taught me to speak up against things I don't agree on, and both of my parents taught me about the hardships that were faced by those who were oppressed in the second world war. 

One thing that always stuck with me was the concept that if you see wrong being done, and do not side against it, you too become a part of the community that does wrong.

When I was about 15 (or younger) my parents took me to Auschwitz. 

That was where I had my first panic attack. 

I remember it so clearly; an overwhelming feeling of panic, and a sudden need to escape. Through tears, and sporadic breaths, I begged my Dad to let me leave and wait for them in the car park. I didn't know what to do, and I was immensely afraid. At the time, I resented my Dad for not letting me leave- but now I realise he was teaching me a very important lesson.

Instead of letting me run away and forget about the whole event, he gently guided me towards a huge quote;

"The one who does not remember history is bound to live through it again"

And as I stood there with tears streaming down both of my cheeks, he told me to remember this.

My Dad's hope for me was -just as anyone's hope for their children- that I would grow up in a world free of oppression. But he knew that many parents raise their children in the midst of oppression. 

I pray that I never have to face that- because the fear and panic I felt when I entered Auschwitz must have only been a TINY fraction of the fear and panic that its hostages felt.

So I can imagine, when there are people in America representing groups like the Nazis and White Supremacists, that there will be plenty of people experiencing complete and utter panic. And I can imagine that when your President does not defend what is right, that panic only heightens. 

Now, I'm not an American, but I know that when Donald Trump said that America was "a nation, founded on the truth that all of us are equal", he told a lie. Even I was taught in school of the hardships that were faced by the native American people. 

Instead, what Donald Trump would have said if he had remembered his history, is that America was founded on immense inequality of the grossest kind- but that it is time to rise above that. It is time for America to see the light; and stand up for what is right, and cast out what is bad.

Of course, he didn't say that.

Instead, he just said that both sides were just as bad as eachother.

Adios, xo

Top 10 Blog Photography Tips...

Sunday, 13 August 2017

...and Why I'm Not Investing In A Proper Camera Any Time Soon

Last Thursday I took part in a lovely Twitter chat hosted on @Cbeechat by @LadyEOnline, on the topic of Blog Photography. And while I don't count myself as a pro-photographer by any means, I am happy with the graphics I put on my blog...

Now, I'll let you in on a little secret... I don't have a fancy schmancy camera.

I used to have a great camera that I got given from my Dad for a school camera, which did just fine for my blog photography... until I discovered my iphone camera. Yes; I take all of my blog and instagram photos with my phone. 

And I don't think they're half bad. 

So no, I'm not going to be spending an additional £300 on a camera which to be frank, I don't need and I probably can't afford right now.

1. You don't need to spend all your dolla dolla bills to get a beautiful flat-lay
The most expensive thing in these two flat-lays (Not including my denim jacket) is my £12 liquid lipstick by Bare Minerals. 

2. In fact, rather than spending money on super cute and reasonably priced postcards from paperchase, download the 'Free Prints' app (the one with the butterfly on it) and you can order up to about 50 photos- paying only for postage! 
As long as you can design your own prints, it really is a great way to cut costs... and if you dont know how to design your own prints, watch this spot. I'll be uploading my own prints on this very blog, very soon.

3. Keep your theme in mind while choosing your props
This is especially important for blog photographers who have a colour scheme on their blog or instagram pages. For me, most of my blog photos will either have hints of white or pink, to go with my blog theme. 

4. Take lots and lots of photos, and experiment with the angles
I usually take about five to ten shots of the same flat-lay; altering the angle, lighting, brightness and contrast with each one. And usually by the end of all of that, I end up with a handful of images that I'm pleased with!

5. Remember that there is so much more to blogging than just marble flatlays and white backgrounds...
In fact, I rarely use my marble sheet as a background for my flatlays. I actually prefer using my dining table- it's just something that makes my blog a little bit different from all the rest!

6. A lot of the time, blog photography is hit and miss
Nobody really knows what they're doing- and anyone who says otherwise is trying to sell you something. Just go for whatever you think will look good, and somewhere along the way you'll figure out what works for you... and what doesn't.

7. Even the people who get their photos plastered over Vogue Magazine covers had to start somewhere
Don't be too harsh on yourself... if your photos aren't glossy magazine quality right away. As with everything in life, you have to start somewhere. Each photoshoot you take is an opportunity to learn!

8. You don't have to be a photoshop genius to get a good photo
Some of my blogger friends use photoshop -or VSCOcam- to touch up their photos before they post them anywhere. And that's absolutely fine; it works wonders for them. But I'm no tech wizard, and I personally wouldn't know where to start if I were to edit my photos. Instead, I bank on natural lighting and good angles to get the perfect photo for my blog.

9. Don't do what everyone else is doing, just because everyone else is doing it. Just because something works for one person (or even fifty people), doesn't mean it will work for you!
One of the most amazing things about the blogging community is that each and every one of our blogs are different. So the props that a beauty blogger uses, won't necessarily be the same as the ones a lifestyle blogger does. And even within the niches there are vast differences. Jemma and Hannah are in the same niche- but their blog themes and photos are worlds apart! Take inspiration from the people around you- but when you take photos, make sure you are in the photos. 

10. Above all, remember to just be you and be proud of what you create
You could be the most successful blogger in the world, but what really matters is that you are happy with the quality of content that you put out there in your name. Be proud of the hard work you have put in to the things you care about.

If you can't hack the whole photography scene (or just don't have the time), remember that I now have my very own blog photography service to help you out!

What's your top tip for blog photography?

Adios, xo

My Daily Blogging Schedule

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

One of the questions I get asked a lot (like, a lot a lot) by my 'non-blogger' friends is how I spend so much time blogging. I guess to them, all I do is take some pictures and write up posts every so often. 

But as you bloggers will know, it's never quite that simple.

I have a full time job at the moment and soon I'll be back at university, so it's super important that I keep on top of my blogging schedule. Whenever I get a day off work without any plans I like to spend time working on my blog; and I usually stick to roughly the same plan for those days. 


The first thing I do after having breakfast and getting ready for the day, is check the stats for my blog. I keep a document of my statistics in the morning and the evening of each day, so that I can see what helps grow my blog- and see the growth. I also take this time in the morning to go through my emails, and reply to any comments that have been left on my posts.

If I've got any relatively new content, I always make sure to give it a quick promo on Twitter.


"But first, coffee"

Before any of the real graft happens, I like to make myself a cup of coffee to get me through. Lately, I've been loving Nescafe's Vanilla Latte. Once I have my beloved coffee in hand, I set up for a day of blogging with my laptop, notebook, and phone, on the dining table (it has the most space and light). 

I always, always, always take time out of my day to view my favourite blogs, and discover new ones on Bloglovin'. It's always been really important to me to support the blogging community, and commenting on other blogs is a great source of traffic, too. 


The majority of my early afternoons are spent on social media... I'm super-active on all the facebook groups that I am part of; I really love being part of a platform that allows bloggers to connect and support each-other. I usually check my mentions on Twitter, and reply to everyone who has tweeted me!


There will always be room for improvement in my blog, and I enjoy making it better in any little way that I can. If I'm not working on my layout or checking that all my widget are working, I'll be going through my published posts and putting linkbacks in. 

Once I'm satisfied with how my blog is, I spend some time taking photos and creating/editing new content.


This is around the time I start utilising social media to share, share, SHARE. I'll usually be promoting my latest posts Sunday-Wednesday, and linking back to 'older' posts Thursday-Saturday. 

I start off by uploading little IG and SC stories, and if my faves have uploaded any pictures on IG I'm always amongst the first to give them a little bit of lovin'. I then go on to my Facebook groups, and Twitter to promo, using the classy #'s for my blogger support groups (@TheGirlGangHQ and @Bliss_Bloggers are a must). I've recently started to use the app Buffer to schedule tweets for when I'm to busy to tweet live.


As well as promoting myself, I like to give back by taking the time to engage with some blogger babes on their social media platforms. I reply to about 3 tweets, and like/comment on as many IG posts as possible.


On to the boring task of checking and replying to my emails again... I don't spend too much time on this though (Incase it sucks the life out of me), instead I look at my blog statistics and comments. 

On Mondays, I like to plan what my goals are; what I hope to achieve throughout the week, and how I plan to do so!


As the afternoon draws to a close, I break away from my makeshift desk. If it's nice weather I'll go on a walk down the river near my house, and if not I'll practice my guitar. Once I'm back from my walk, I start cooking dinner... lately I've really enjoyed making pies from scratch when I've got the time. This period is almost like a mini-detox, which is essential to refresh myself before I return to my blogging tasks with a fresh perspective.


Creative brainstorming time!!! I've always found that I'm full of ideas after my blogging breaks so straight after I do so, I plunge right into planning photo shoots, brainstorming blog post ideas, and browsing bloglovin' for some extra inspiration- should I need it. I use Buffer to schedule tweets throughout the night/morning when I'm asleep, since half of the world will still be awake... and it's cuppa tea time too!


I check blog statistics in the evening, so that I can document them and compare them to my morning stats. Daily Growth is a beautiful and exciting thing! When I do this, I also take the time to think about areas where there are rooms for improvement, and where I can boost traffic to my blog. 


And that's where I call it a wrap!

Adios, xo
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