Baking posts are definitely one of my favourites to write! I’ve never made a chocolate cheesecake before – or a regular cheesecake in fact! – but I thought I would give it a go and… More
I’m so happy to tell you that I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Blogger Award – an award for new blogs which have less than 200 followers. Thank you so much to Hannah who nominated me. Go check out her blog – https://wordsmithobservations.wordpress.com/ – you won’t regret it. 🙂 This is the first blogger award I’ve ever recieved, so it’s pretty awesome to be honest. Plus, I get to discover and nominate 11 other bloggers. Here are the rules:
These are the questions that I was given (and my answers):
- What made you pursue writing? I have always been keen on writing down thoughts/feeling in a diary. Blogging allows me to do this whilst exploring other people’s thoughts and sharing my own.
- What is the most important event/events that have grown you into the person you are today? Flying to Australia on my own was an amazing experience. I learnt how to be independent and cope when things don’t go the way they’re planned.
- Describe yourself in one sentence. Always looking for new adventures/exciting things to do.
- If you could meet with anyone past or present who would it be and why? Probably Florence Nightingale. She’s such a role model for standing out from the crowd and not following what everyone else is doing. She also had a big impact on the way we approach medicine today.
- What are 5 principles that you try to live your life by? Do the right thing, even if it means standing on your own. Have no regrets. Be yourself – don’t be afraid to stand out from the crowd and be nice to everyone you meet.
- If you could pack up and live anywhere in the world for a year, where would you live and why? Definitely Australia. The accents, the food, the beaches, the cities and of course the amazingly hot weather – what is there not to like?!
- Who are your favourite authors?Why do you like their work so much? J.K Rowling definitely! I love the Harry Potter books. They’re my comfort books; whenever I’m nervous/feeling down they cheer me up.
- If you could be anything in the world, what would you be? I would absolutely love to be a singer, it’s always been my dream job.
- What do you love to do in your free time? I usually hang out with friends or if I have time to myself I like to sing, read a book, or catch up on a new episode of a TV series on Netflix!
- What would you say is your biggest downfall? I often find it difficult to make good friends in new situations and I wish I could be more outgoing.
- What would you say is your best attribute? I am very ambitious; I know what my goals are and I work hard to achieve them.
11 random facts about me:
- I was homeschooled for 3 years.
- I want to travel the world and explore different cultures before I settle down.
- I hope to be a Psychologist or a Lawyer.
- I’m 5’2
- My favourite quote is “Life is short, break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that made you smile.”
- I love fashion/clothes
- My zodiac sign is a Scorpio (I was born on Halloween)
- I love interior design – walking through shops such as John Lewis and Ikea, or anywhere that has a homeware section is so much fun – I can’t wait to decorate my own home.
- My favourite colours are red and blue.
- I play cricket for the county team.
- I study Psychology, English Language and Law.
These are the blogs I have nominated for this award, go check them out!
- studiousbrad.wordpress.com – The layout on this blog is so good and makes it easy to read the posts. I particularly liked the post entitled “7 Tips For Waking Up Early Every Morning” – some of the tips are brilliant and really do help a lot!
- queenkerswell.wordpress.com – This was one of the first blog I came across when I first started. Some of her posts are so relatable and real. She was very friendly when I commented on one of her posts. The part I love the most about her blog is the posts on Lush, as this is one of my favourite shops.
- kuminkueche.wordpress.com – As soon as I set my eyes on the delicious recipes on this blog, I loved everything I saw. My favourite is the recipe for Green Beans. This blog boasts some of the most delicious looking, yet fairly simple recipes!
- crystaleyes20.com – If you want to feel inspired and uplifted, I seriously recommend scrolling through Crystal’s blog. I find her posts so motivating and they make me stop and think for a while in this crazy whirlwind of life! I have also got to read about how much she loves teaching – this is especially close to my heart as my grandma was also a teacher and I love listening to others share similar stories.
- femvestige.wordpress.com – I came across this blog the other day and was really touched by some of the things which have been written. I too class myself as a feminist so it was very inspiring to read Sarah’s posts.Her writing style is incredible and the poems she has written are so powerful. I especially like the one entitled ‘Unclean’
- etchedinadventure.com – I’m so in love with travel blogs, however much they make me sick with wanderlust! However, this blog is very original and that really appealed to me. The pictures are incredible and I could spend ages scrolling through them. The tips for travelling are also so useful. If you’re a travel lover, then definitely check out this blog!
- cloeverjoyful.wordpress.com – thanks to all these amazing blogs (this being one of them!), I’m getting very into reading poems. As a relatively new blog, it is very exciting to read and the writing is great – this is a very creative blog. I also love the travel post! 🙂
- element37.wordpress.com – I chose this blog because it really gives an insight into Rachel’s life. It has made me chuckle (especially the wedding post!) and think about abstract things. Also, her puppy is so adorable and her dog posts are very relatable!
- wordsfromabrokeartist.wordpress.com – I was excited about finding this blog as the tagline has psychology in it! I love anything psychology/mind/people related and her posts really seem to put into words things which I often think about but don’t know how to say. My favourite post is probably ‘That time I lost my friends and grew up as a result’ because it gives you perspective.
- lightsoulssite.wordpress.com – I enjoy how original this blog is. After reading the About page I was intrigued. Often the best blog posts are random thoughts or idea’s and I think this blog does that perfectly. The posts are short, which I like as it makes it easier to read all of them!
- ouridentityblog.wordpress.com – reading the posts from this blog makes me feel very happy. The posts are cheery and I really enjoy the friendly vibe that is projected through the writing. The first post made me chuckle as I found that whole forgetting passwords thing very relatable!
Final step is to ask you guys 11 questions, so here goes:
- If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
- What are your goals in life?
- What are you most passionate about?
- How would you define happiness?
- If you received enough money to never have to work again, what would you do on a day to day basis?
- What are you studying/have studied in the past?
- What is your guilty pleasure?
- If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
- What is your favourite quote? Why?
- If you could read a book about your future, would you read it? Why?
- What is the greatest adventure of your life so far?
Hope you enjoy checking out these blogs and (to the nominees) I hope you enjoy answering the questions!
Ronda is the beautiful mountaintop city in Andalusia, Spain. Situated on top of a deep gorge, it boasts some of the most amazing views. I have visited Ronda a few times over the years and it is one of my favourite Spanish cities. It is great for those who love exploring modern Spanish culture, as well as history.
I hope this guide is helpful if you are ever visiting Ronda or are looking for a new city to explore. 🙂
- Plaza de Toros – Ronda bullring is very impressive as the largest stone bullring throughout Spain. When first visiting, it is amazing how huge it appears to be. There is also chance to walk around a small museum at the bullring to learn the history of bullfighting. Prices are very reasonable from €6.50 to €8. There are still bullfights being held here, although I have no appetite for such things, it may interest you!
- Ronda Gorge – probably one of the most breath-taking views in Spain, looking over the Ronda Gorge into the depths below is both frightening and fascinating. A walk along the Puente Nuevo bridge is well worth a visit so you can oh and ah as you look down into the Guadalevin river.
- Guadalevin river – this is linked to the Ronda Gorge. This river can be surveyed from 3 bridges; Puente Nuevo, Puente Viejo and Puente Romano.
- The Puente Nuevo – the most impressive of the bridges in Ronda, the Puente Nuevo is the newest, with construction completed in 1793. This is one of three bridges from which you are able to admire the Gorge. It is situated near to one of Spain’s famous Parador hotels, which is worth a visit!
- Plaza Duquesa de Parcent – this is the beautiful square in the city. Perfect for a stroll and picturesque Instagram pictures, or to have lunch in one of the many restaurants nearby.
*I DO NOT OWN ANY PHOTOS (they are found on Google.)
I was lucky enough to experience this amazing city when my parents took me to Paris for 3 days to celebrate my birthday. We saw many of the attractions, including the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre. We also walked along the Champs Elysees and had delicious lunches at the cute Parisian cafe’s, where they gave us the tastiest baguettes! We were staying a few streets away from the red light district and tried to get tickets to the Moulin Rouge, but they were sold out. However, you did not need to see the show to experience the mood of the red light district; simply driving through it at night and seeing everything lit up was quite awesome.
I think it’s easier if I show you photo’s rather than try to explain how awesome it was!
Happy New Year! Once again, it’s that time of year where resolutions and fresh starts are made. When I was younger I never really made New Years resolutions, let alone write them down or stick to them. However, this year I decided I would give it a go, even if I don’t stick to them 100%, it’s a good source of motivation. I have both personal resolutions and work-based resolutions for studying and college.
One of my personal resolutions is to maintain a healthy lifestyle – this refers to a healthy sleep routine, regular exercise and eating healthily. Another is to be more grateful towards my family and for the opportunities which I am given. My 17th birthday is later this year and I will be able to drive. Therefore, a final thing I would like to achieve is learning to drive (or at least starting to learn)!
Resolutions for studying/college include getting a good grade in my AS Law exam and working harder in English Language. As well as this I would like to achieve good predicted grades and submit awesome uni applications!
I’d love to know what some of your New Years resolutions are – feel free to comment and let me know! 🙂
P.S – this was a short, quick post to kick off the year, so keep your eyes peeled for a longer 2016 year review!
I haven’t posted in a while, so I thought the best way to kick off the festive season is to do a Christmas-themed post! This is actually inspired by a gorgeous dress I found recently in a charity shop and thought would be a great outfit for a Christmas party in a few weeks. Thanks to my grandma – who dragged me into the charity shop for the millionth time, and bought me the dress. 🙂
The dress is red lace with a satin underskirt. It has a fairly high neckline and finishes just above the knee, which is great if you aren’t keen on showing too much skin. The sleeves a 3 quarter length and do not have any material under the lace, which gives it a really pretty effect. I love how elegant lace is and this is (surprisingly) the first lace dress I have ever owned – actually now I come to think of it, I don’t own much lace clothing apart from a few skirts. Definitely need to keep my eye out for lace tops! I paired the dress with a pair of chunky black heels, which could be traded for delicate silver sandals depending on how posh the occasion is. These are so comfy and I bought them from Topshop a few years ago.
As usual I have inserted a few pictures of the dress and shoes below. I hope this gave you a bit of inspiration for your outfit if you didn’t already have some 🙂
Hi! I recently got back from a family holiday to Spain so I thought I would share photo’s and memories 🙂
Most of the time we stayed around the pool because it was so hot but we went out for dinner a few times. We met up with some family friends whilst we were there too, who had been on a cruise and stopped in Malaga. We also met up with another family who we knew really well a few years ago but hadn’t seen for ages until we ran into them in the car park of the Spanish supermarket – such a weird coincidence!
It was so nice to relax, especially after exams had finished so I was able to completely enjoy the lovely weather. Enjoy the photos!
Hi! I hope you’re well and enjoying the summer! I’m on holiday at the moment and it’s actually hotter in England than it is here, which is a first!
I wanted to do a blog post on social media detoxing because it’s something that I’ve made a habit of doing over the last few months. Like a lot of people I have various social media accounts, including Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat. I think they’re a great way to share things, such as holiday photos, news or just everyday thoughts. However, there is often negativity on social media and it can be quite tiring as well as time consuming to be flicking through various sites and then doing the same all over again, like a never-ending cycle.
Sometime last month I decided that I needed to just get away from it and focus more on real life. I don’t spend loads of time on social media but I wanted to have a few days without notifications coming through. I signed out of all my accounts and at first checked them once or twice a day. I was suprised by how much control I felt when I replied to messages/looked on social media on my own terms when I wanted to, rather than when a notification came through. After a day or two I went off it almost completely, only going on it when I needed to contact a friend. I did this for about 5 days and when I signed back into it I didn’t go on it as much.
I think it’s so important that you have time away from your phone/laptop etc to spend with your friends or family. It’s so easy to become wrapped up in what you see on social media but you have to remember that not everything you read is true and what you see may not be the reality, regardless of how happy they may appear to be online. It also gave me time to think about things which had been hanging over me and stressing me out. I also spent more time with friends and my head felt so much clearer afterwards, even when I went back on it.
I love that in this day and age we can document our lives to look back on in the future but it’s good to remember not to get wrapped up in it and focus more on real life.
P.S – The featured image is not mine, I found it on google images.