Wednesday, 30 December 2015

What I Got For Christmas 2015: Bits and Bobs Edition

What I Got For Christmas 2015: Bits and Bobs Edition Nutella Recipe Book Photo Album Paperchase Pens Accessorize Slippers Socks DVDs Sass & Belle Mug Skinny Dip Phone Case Marks & Spencer Gloves New Look Candle Holders

Even though Christmas was all that long ago, one of my indulgences before the new year is seeing what everyone got from Father Christmas! I love giving presents, especially ones which are personal and something that the receiver wouldn't have thought of buying for themselves in the first place. With that in mind, I thought I'd share a few bits and bobs I got for Christmas which might be good for birthday or even Christmas 2016 ideas! 

What I Got For Christmas 2015: Bits and Bobs Edition Accessorize Slippers Socks

Classic Christmas presents, but always much needed at the end of the year! My sister and I usually buy each other a pair of slippers from Accessorize to last us until the next Christmas. I love boot slippers because my toes always get so cold and these keep them enclosed and cosy. Socks! Where do they go? And when you do find them, where did those holes come from?! Socks with animals on will always bring a smile to my face, especially during a cold and wet January when it's still dark and not so nice outside. 

What I Got For Christmas 2015: Bits and Bobs Edition Skinny Dip iPhone 6 Phone Case Sass & Belle Every Day Is An Adventure Mug Marks and Spencer Black Leather Gloves

Usually I'm all about the practical and sturdy phone case, but this Skinny Dip underwater version has brought a lot of entertainment to my Christmas break. Tip the phone one way and the glitter and stars turn whichever way you want - hours of fun! Motivational quotes from Pinterest are my kryptonite and this mug will make drinking hot cups of tea even better. Leather gloves are such a practical option, but you never know you need them until the time comes! Now I feel like a posh lady with my gloves and smart coat...

What I Got For Christmas 2015: Bits and Bobs Edition Pitch Perfect 1 and 1 Rush Hour 1 2 3 The Maze Runner DVDs

Would Christmas really be Christmas without a film marathon? I only discovered Pitch Perfect this year (don't judge me) and have wanted the DVD for so long, just so I can sing along obvs. Rush Hour 1, 2 and 3 are classics in my opinion and always crack me up. Did you know the first one was filmed in 1998, crazy! And because I love a bit of action thriller, The Maze Runner was high on the list to keep me entertained this season.

What I Got For Christmas 2015: Bits and Bobs Edition WH Smiths Photo Album Paperchase Pens The 30 Best Recipes from Nutella New Look Rose Gold Candles

My photos are in an awful arrangement, but I've finally sorted my Japan trip photos into an order and fitted them nicely in this peacock print album! My thoughtful sister knows how much I like writing in notebooks and these pens are a favourite for colour coding my blog posts and writing my endless lists. Baking more is a New Year resolution (more on that in a few days!) and eating more Nutella surely should be too? Expect more blog posts on this to come! And fueling a little rose gold and candle addiction, these Rose Gold Tea Light Holders look gorgeous and are an ideal present for those you're not too sure what to get!

What did you get for Christmas? Link your blog posts below!

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 29 December 2015

What I Got For Christmas 2015: Beauty Edition

What I Got For Christmas: Beauty Edition  Molton Brown Origins Skincare Decleor Baylis & Harding Gift Sets

Like any other self-confessed beauty stalker (yes that is a real thing!) I love seeing what beauty presents people got for Christmas! It's interesting to see what other brands/products people love and rate highly, also the perfect reason to try them out too...My family know me too well and have spoilt me with a few of my favourites this year that have been running fairly low . 

What I Got For Christmas: Beauty Edition  Molton Brown Pink Pepperpod Body Lotion Body Wash Bauble Rhubarb & Rose Bath & Shower Gel

Molton Brown is a favourite bodycare brand of mine, after my mum and sister introduced me to their gorgeous scents and formula's. They are on the pricey side, but the quality and quantity of the product far outweighs the cost and they usually do a great sale and value-for-money gift sets! You may have guessed that Pink Pepperpod is my favourite scent range from Molton Brown - it's slightly musky and spicy, which I much prefer to sickly sweet smells. On the other side of the spectrum, Rhubarb & Rose is sweet but the sharpness from the rhubarb keeps it on the good side of sweet!

What I Got For Christmas: Beauty Edition Origins Shining Stars GinZing Moisturiser, Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask Modern Friction Scrub Ginzing Cleanser

So my mum can take a hint! I spotted this on one of the Boots Star Gift weekly offers and subtly pointed my mum in the right direction (so I basically put it in her basket for her!) I adore the GinZing Moisturiser for adding energy and hydration to my dull skin, and especially love the gel texture too. I've heard great things about the Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask and have tried it a few times since Christmas. Unfortunately I did have an area of breakouts after using it, but I'm hoping this was just a coincidence! The other two scrub and cleanser (Modern Friction and GinZing) I'm yet to try out properly, but if they're part of the Origins Shining Stars collection I have high hopes for them.

What I Got For Christmas: Beauty Edition Baylis & Harding Limited Edition Midnight Fig & Pomegranate Gift Set Body Wash Hand Cream Body Lotion Shower Creme

Baylis & Harding isn't a brand I would usually go for, but my sister has great taste and knew I'd love the scent of their Limited Edition Midnight Fig & Pomegranate gift set. The set includes two body washes, body lotion, shower creme and hand cream in the same sweet and indulgent scent. It's a wintery smell (if that makes sense?!) and relaxes you instantly! Keep an eye out for a review on these soon.

What I Got For Christmas: Beauty Edition Decleor Aromessence Ylang Ylang Purifying Night Balm

I was lucky enough to get my favourite (and skincare indulgences!) from Decleor for Christmas. I'd definitely recommend checking out the french brand, even though they're on the expensive side, their products do a bloomin' great job (as do all french skincare products!) This pot will last me for roughly a year before I need to buy a new one. It's a thick and waxy paste which you take a tiny piece to warm in your palms, then spread across your face and neck after moisturising. This is the only product which'll calm down any redness, spots and blemishes whilst hydrating and nourishing my dry skin. Highly recommend!

What beauty products did you get for Christmas? Link any of your Christmas gifts posts below!

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Thursday, 24 December 2015

Merry Christmas!

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To fill your blog feeds with one last Christmas post of the year, I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! I hope you all have a great day tomorrow with your family and friends. Don't forget, it's just one day in the year to celebrate with your loved ones so make it a memorable one!

Until next week, thanks for reading.
Rhiannon x

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

OOTD: What To Wear On Christmas Day

Shirt: Topshop
Skirt: Zara
Slippers and Earrings: Accessorize

Although the appeal of wearing pyjamas all day on Christmas Day is very enticing, there's nothing like putting on your best clothes and a red lippie for the festive day. This year will be a quiet one with my family, but still a great time to relax and reflect on the year - I still can't get my head around 2016 just yet!

So if I can't wear pyjamas, slippers are the next best thing. Just sit me next to a toasty fire with a drink and chocolate to hand and I'll be as cosy as anything. I'll be wearing my leather skirt (yet again) because I practically live and sleep in it - love you Zara! As it's Christmas and all, I'll be throwing on my favourite checked shirt, because checked shirts just feel right to wear at this time of year. Finally the accessories, a red lipstick goes without saying and I'll probably be forced to swap my cross earrings for a festive pair by my mum! 

What will you be wearing this Christmas Day? Are you a pyjamas or dressed up to the nines person?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Things I Love About Christmas

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

It's wonderful for many reasons, but I do bloody love Christmas. The excitement builds up from day 1 of the chocolate advent calendar until the last day of work or school, when you know you won't be back until the new year. So here's a list of the reasons why I love Christmas:

- The Atmosphere. 
There wouldn't be any other time of year where people are actually smiling and wishing each other a merry christmas and new year. But the excitement and general happiness around Christmas time is enough to get me excited as the big day draws closer! 

- The FOOD.
I mean if I had left food out of my reasons why I love Christmas, I would really be lying to myself and everyone! Pigs in blankets, crispy but soft in the inside roast potatoes, Quality Street and enough food to last from Christmas until the new year, enough said?

- The Family Time.
You're all going to dedicate at least one day a year to spending the whole day with your family and Christmas Day is the perfect time to do it. Have a good old natter with your grandparents and catch up with your cousins, it's a guaranteed to make you smile!

- The Entertainment.
In our household if the Queen's on the telly, then you all have to drop what you're doing to watch her yearly speech. The arguing over Monopoly and Scrabble is a once a year occurance, as well as the silly table games which ends in lots of laughter.

- The Special Time. 
If you do one thing this Christmas, just take a moment to pause and take it all in. It's a special time of year that only comes once, so make sure you enjoy it!

Why do you love Christmas? What are your plans this year?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Beauty Review: Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water 400ml £4.99 RRP

Micellar cleansing waters have become a hyped and must-have product for the past few years, so I thought it was time to try out the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. Previously I've used Garnier's other competitor, L'Oreal and found that it does the job okay but waterproof mascara is tricky to remove. My usual routine will start with taking my makeup off with a micellar water and 4 cotton pads, then moving onto a cream cleanser to get rid of any lasting bits.

I do prefer this micellar cleanser to the L'Oreal version, because it does take off more makeup without me having to scrub my skin to a beetroot shade. The dispenser is so much easier too! You're much more in control and the shape allows you to grip it better. Not only that but for 200 uses, I managed to pick this up from Savers for £2.30, rather than the usual £4.99 RRP (and there's a cute 100ml travel version that I love!)

Only negative point is that it does leave a weird film on my skin. I can't quite describe it but it feels smooth and a little sticky! Not sure whether this is just me, but I always cleanser afterwards so the feeling doesn't hang around for too long. 

Once this runs out (if it ever does!) I'll definitely be repurchasing again as an alternative to the L'Oreal version or facial wipes.

What do you think of Micellar Cleansing Waters? Have you tried the Gariner or L'Oreal versions before?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Thursday, 17 December 2015

OOTD: A classic grey jumper and leather skirt

OOTD: A classic grey jumper and leather skirt Fashion Blogger Outfit Of The Day Zara ASOS Warehouse Primark

OOTD: A classic grey jumper and leather skirt Fashion Blogger Outfit Of The Day Zara ASOS Warehouse Primark

OOTD: A classic grey jumper and leather skirt Fashion Blogger Outfit Of The Day Zara ASOS Warehouse Primark
Coat: Warehouse
Jumper: F&F 
Skirt: Zara
Shoes and Bag: ASOS
Scarf: Primark

Almost once a week, without fail, I'll be wearing my leather skirt - and if I had told you a year ago, that I would be wearing a (fake!) leather skirt then I would've laughed! Leather, real or fake, isn't something I choose to wear that often but it's actually proven really wearable for work especially. Paired with a shirt or thrown over the top of a grey t-shirt, this £25,99 Zara skirt has definitely worked out well cost-per-wear! 

I hope you're all doing well, just a few weeks before Christmas and a well-deserved break! I've only got until the 23rd then I'm free until the 4th January, not that I'm counting down the days until I leave work or anything... As always, Christmas Day seems to fly past so I'll be enjoying every minute of it, and eating as much as I can!

What do you think of this outfit? Would you wear a leather skirt?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

How To Pick Yourself Back Up

There are those days when nothing quite goes right and you're in a slightly low mood by the end of it. I'll admit that these past few months have been pretty tough, but you wouldn't be able to appreciate the good times without the dips and dives of life's events. When I do come back from a day that's been nothing but annoying, there's a few tips and tricks that I use to pick myself back up again.

- Treat yourself.
Whether its a bar of chocolate or that new lipstick that you've been dying to get your hands on, a little treat can go a long way to improve your mood. For me, it's something sweet! Hint: Krispy Kreme donuts never go amiss in my books.

- Have a laugh.
Because there are more important things in life to get down over. I'm lucky enough to have friends, family and colleagues who are always a great laugh to get me out of my mood!

- Don't sweat it.
There's just going to be those days where there's no way to change your mood, so don't sweat it. Tomorrow is another day and only you have control over how your day goes.

- Got a worry? Tell someone about it.
Getting caught up with worry is another thing you can get down about, but always try talking to someone about it. Just say 'I've got something on my mind, is it okay if we can have a chat?' It's better to get it out than stew over it and stay in a bad mood!

- And if all else fails... there's Friends.
Guaranteed to cheer you up, Friends is my favourite TV show and grumpy mood killer.

What do you do to pick yourself back up from a bad mood?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Book Review: The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker

My book genres are a classic chic lit or history and period style through and through, but when my friend Ngaire recommended The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker and pressed it into my hand, saying it's a surprising thriller, I took up the challenge. My previous book reviews I describe as ones that 'suck you in' mainly because if I don't get on with the story after a few chapters I won't bother reading or reviewing it. On to the review...

" August 30, 1975, The day of the disappearance. The day Somerset, New Hampshire, lost its innocence. That summer, struggling author Harry Quebert fell in love with a fifteen-year-old girl Nola Kellergan. Thirty-three years later, her body is dug up from his yard, along with a manuscript copy of the novel that secured his lasting fame. Quebert is the only suspect. But with Nola, in death as in life, nothing is ever as it seems."

So the facts point straight to Harry, right? It's his author friend and young student he mentored at college, Marcus, who refused to believe this. So Marcus begins his own investigation, writing a book a long the way about what happened on August 30, 1975. Each chapter begins with one of Harry's many life lessons he taught Marcus at college, as well as a blank square, which fills as the investigation goes on (a symbol for Marcus completing his book and investigation). 

At first all the facts seem quite straight forward, then as Marcus starts asking questions around the town he finds out more about Nola which brings up a whole line of suspects. The only problem is because her death was so long ago, there's no hard evidence to charge with. And it soon becomes obvious that even the police force are just as involved with Nola's death as many others from the town of Somerset are.

Right until the end you're still guessing who did it and how everyone could be linked to one girl's death. Dicker does an overview of what actually happened that night and the role of each character onto Nola's death which explains a lot at the beginning! It's interesting how Dicker incorporates the American police force as part of the blame for Nola's death, perhaps a reflection of the corruption currently experienced in America.

Overall I would totally recommend this book, as it's a great option to step out of your reading comfort zone and really gets you thinking - so much so that I had spent many late nights up reading!

Have you read this book before? Any books you recommend I should read?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Saturday, 12 December 2015

Beauty Review: Ren Clarimatte Clarifying Toner

Beauty Review: Ren Clarimatte Clarifying Toner

I'll admit that I haven't tried any REN products before, I've picked them up and always been fascinated by the science and made a mental (and forgotten) note to have a look on their website. But as an opportunity always presents itself, I was in need of spending over £25 on Marks & Spencer in order to get their 2015 Beauty Advent Calendar and the reviews praised the REN Clarimatte Clarifying Toner highly and the deal was done.

Beauty Review: Ren Clarimatte Clarifying Toner

I'll start with the blub: REN Clarimatte Clarifying Toner is an alcohol-free toner to unclog skin and remove dead skin cells for a smoother and even toned complexion (so far, so good). Pore size appears reduced as well as oiliness, as the antimicrobial (say what?!) minimizes the appearance of future breakouts. Extracts include Willow Bark and Mayblossom as antibacterial properties and Glycolic and Lactic Acid to work on declogging skin and removing the dead skin cells.

So does it actually work? In a nutshell, it works with my skin. I'm a definite combination skin, oily around the t-zone and forehead, then I get the occasional dry patches on my cheeks. Just dab a little onto a cotton pad then sweep all across my face and neck after cleansing.

After applying to my face, it doesn't leave my skin feeling tight or dry, which I hate most toners doing. And it doesn't leave a weird film which feels like you need to cleanse again, like most high street micellar cleansers do. Although I am during my 'good' skin time this month, I haven't had any major or minor breakouts whilst using this toner. Of course it'll be good to test for a few months to see whether it's worth buying again, but so far I can't see my skincare routine without it! My pores haven't been visibly reduced, but perhaps with longer use and combining with the rest of the REN range, I may see a difference in my pore size.

Have you tried the REN Clarimatte Clarifying Toner before? Any other REN products I should be trying?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Thursday, 10 December 2015

OOTD: Zara Boho Floral Dress

OOTD: Zara Boho Floral Dress Fashion Blogger Outfit Of The Day

OOTD: Zara Boho Floral Dress Fashion Blogger Outfit Of The Day

OOTD: Zara Boho Floral Dress Fashion Blogger Outfit Of The Day
Dress: Zara
Cardigan: Marks & Spencer
Coat: Warehouse
Shoes and Scarf: New Look

You know that piece of clothing which follows you from store to store until you end up just buying it? I had the same issue with this dress. Every Zara I went to had this dress, in my size, just waiting for me to pick it up! Of course I did in the end and I love the floaty boho style of the sleeves, plus the length is just perfect for work too. 

High neck dress styles are a favourite of mine as it means I can show a little more leg without showing too much chest and I don't have to worry about any inappropriate flashing! The pattern is so gorgeous, as the pops of mustard yellow means it works for all seasons, just wear with a pair of knee high boots for the winter and sandals and denim jacket in the summer - definitely winning at the cost per wear!

What's been your best clothes purchase recently?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

York Christmas Trip 2015

To start the beginning of December, also known as Christmas Month, my sister, mum and I always plan a weekend away to a Christmas Market. Previous years have been Bath and Bruges in Belgium, but this year we headed up north to York to drink lots of tea and visit the festive markets.

York Christmas Trip Christmas Markets 2015 England Yorkshire York Minister

First port of call was a selfie in front of the Christmas tree at York station, now officially our Whatsapp group image! We walked 10 minutes to our B&B called The Ashberry, which I would totally recommend based on their amazing breakfast and hospitality - nothing to too much to ask and they were always helpful.

York Christmas Trip Christmas Markets 2015 England Yorkshire York Minister

On to the actual Christmas Markets, even though it wasn't as big as the Bath Christmas Markets there were still a variety of stalls to choose from. A lot of unique and handmade gifts were on sale, as well as delicious food and mulled wine for those cold evenings!

York Christmas Trip Christmas Markets 2015 England Yorkshire York Minister

York Christmas Trip Christmas Markets 2015 England Yorkshire York Minister

York is also well known for it's architecture and buildings, The first image is of York Minster, which we attended an advent calendar service at - just bring extra layers and get there early because it's cold and gets busy! The second image is of a gateway into the York town centre, a few of these are dotted around the city along with a walled area.

York Christmas Trip Christmas Markets 2015 England Yorkshire York Minister

York Christmas Trip Christmas Markets 2015 England Yorkshire York Minister

You can actually walk along the York walls and almost do a full lap of the city in half a day, just be careful because some places don't have hand railings! 

York Christmas Trip Christmas Markets 2015 England Yorkshire York Minister

Whilst we walked around, we spotted York Minster a few times and look at how cute the house in the foreground is. It looks like a mini tower castle!

York Christmas Trip Christmas Markets 2015 England Yorkshire York Minister

The only downside to our weekend was the weather - it rained a lot in York! Besides getting completely soaked doing our Christmas shopping, the river had overflowed onto the paths and up to some buildings. The black bollards second in on the left are where you can walk when the river is low!

York Christmas Trip Christmas Markets 2015 England Yorkshire York Minister

After grabbing a few last pictures together on our last day, it was time to get the train back to London and head home, with full suitcases of course! Now I am glad I brought my large one with me...

Have you been to York before? What Christmassy plans have you got for December?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Oh, and as we came into Kings Cross we had to get a picture at Platform 9 and 3/4's.... I'm off to Hogwarts next year!

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Instagram: Christmas Trees, Steam Trains and Advent Calendars

I would warn you that this blog post is going to be filled with OTT Christmas, but I'm sure the title gave the theme away. It's not unknown that I LOVE Christmas, and the 1st of December marks a happy festive time for me, spending time with family and generally looking forward to the next year. 

Instagram Blog Catch Up Christmas Tree St Pancras Disney Characters London

A ginormous Christmas Tree is always the best way to start the month, but one made of Disney characters is even better. If you're passing through St Pancras station in London, definitely check it out - you literally can't miss it!

Instagram Blog Catch Up Christmas York Trip

On our way through St Pancras, my sister, mum and I headed up to York for four days of Christmas shopping and markets! I'll have a full post on our festive activities in the next few days or so.

Instagram Blog Catch Up Christmas Covet Garden Decorations Tree London 2015

I did warn that this post was going to be full of Christmas... Another place to visit in London for lights and decorations is Covet Garden. Great at any time of the year, but in December the massive Christmas tree and reindeer make their way to the square. 

Instagram Blog Catch Up Christmas Marks & Spencer Beauty Advent Calendar 2015

Like every other blogger and their dog, I managed to get my hands on the highly hyped Marks & Spencer Beauty Advent Calendar. So far I am quite impressed with the products as there's nothing I won't use and I'm excited to try out a few brands I haven't heard of before.

Instagram Blog Catch Up Christmas Market Bath Steam Train Trip 2015

For your last Christmas instalment today, I headed on a special trip to Bath yesterday. From where I live in West Sussex, we took a steam train all the way to Bath. Yes it took almost 6 hours, but the experience was amazing and we got a few hours around the markets before heading back! 

What's been your highlight this weekend? Hope you all have a great week!

Thanks for reading
Rhiannon x

Thursday, 3 December 2015

OOTD: Classic Stripes and Cobalt Blue

OOTD Fashion Blogger Blog Stripe Blue Skinny Jeans Mango Marks and Spencer H&M Clarks Shoes Review
Coat: H&M
Top: New Look
Stripey Top: Mango
Jeans: M&S
Shoes: Clarks

I cannot tell you enough how much shiny shoes please me. And these are darn comfy too. Only have I recently looked to Clarks for new shoes, before they were the dreaded school shoes my mum bought us every summer before the new term! And they always had velcro patches on them, with pretty flowers stitched on. Anyhow, Clarks have attracted my attention with their new and, quite frankly, fashionable styles which are great quality and have a variety of sizes (any half-sized gals out there?!) 

If I could, I would wear stripes with every outfit and I probably own enough to do so for the rest of the year. The classic black and white stripes are a definite fave, you can wear it with any colour or pattern and it'll still look chic. 

What do you think of this outfit? Do shiny shoes also make you happy?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

This Month I...

I got really excited for Christmas - and I mean EXCITED! After Halloween in October, everyone seemed to start putting up their decorations already. I work near Oxford Circus and Regents Street, so when they put their lights up I got the Christmassy goose bumps!

This Month I... November 2015 Christmas Belgium Hot Chocolate

This Month I... November 2015 Christmas Belgium Hot Chocolate

This Month I... ate a lot of chocolate whilst in Belgium and Rotterdam. When on holiday who cares about the pre-Christmas diet?! I should also add I ate way too many waffles, and brought a ton back too. I did a mini weekend away diary over here if you fancy seeing more of Belgium and Rotterdam.

This Month I... November 2015 Christmas Marks and Spencer Beauty Advent Calendar

This Month I... bought the Marks & Spencer Beauty Advent Calendar. Ever since I was lucky enough to get the Benefit Cosmetics Advent Calendar last year, chocolate calendars haven't been the same. This one was massively hyped online and is worth over £200, so I hope for good things! So far I haven't managed to peak inside or at the back contents list...

This Month I... November 2015 Christmas The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair By Joel Dicker Book review

This Month I... am reading The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker. Usually crime or thrillers aren't my style of reading material, but a good friend of mine gave me the book to read and promised I'll love it. So far, I really do! I'm terrible for flicking to the back pages to see the end (no one likes a bad ending!) but I've managed not to do this so far. I'll post a full review once I've finished it!

This Month I... watched it snow! In reality it was snow, and lasted about three seconds before it hit the ground and melted. But if you really squint when watching this video it almost looks like it's properly snowing...

This Month I... November 2015 Christmas Coffee Morning Charity

This Month I... along with my sister and mum, raised over £600 for a local hospice at our Christmas Coffee Morning. You may have seen this over on my Tips To Give To Charity post already, but I do love a little Christmas celebration before December!

What's been your highlight this November?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Work, Life and Blog Balance Part 1

The term "my little corner of the internet" gets thrown around a lot by bloggers, and it is true in many ways. We've all seen how blogging has become more than just a hobby over the past few years, you can earn big bucks from it now and become a full-time blogger - which is something I'm sure most of us couldn't have even imagined or predicted for the future. 

What many non-bloggers may not realise or understand is how much time it takes to run a blog, stay active on your social media and actually work full-time and have a social life. There's the 'work-life balance' then there's the 'blog-work-life balance'. If any blogger can honestly hold up their hands (or computer mouse, in internet talk) and say they have never been in a blogging rut or uninspired by their corner of the internet, I applaud you for having your 'blog-work-life balance' sorted. 

The many struggles of being a blogger and working full-time has been well documented across blogs, but here's a few of my personal blogging struggles:

- Hello Mr Sun? Do you fancy actually shining when I need to take blog photos in my only spare time at the weekend? Thanks.
- The pain of scheduling all your social media posts. How many times do I do it? Which platforms? Which hashtags to use?! 
- Seeing someone pip you to the post on that newest beauty product. I mean really?! 
- When you need to write a week's worth of posts, but you also need to catch up on Empire. 
- How many blogger chats?! Which ones do I choose?! I just give up.

I'll admit that I've been struggling with my 'blog-work-life balance' in the past eight months or so. Suddenly work has taken over everything and I've been working my way up in the company - and that needs some hard graft. There's been so many times I've thought of leaving "my corner of the internet" for my corner on the sofa and the TV remote but I enjoy blogging too much to leave it behind. 

With this in mind, I've come up with a Blogging Manifesto of sorts, something to keep me organised and not pulling my hair out at midnight with five more posts to write. I'll be sharing my new guidelines in part 2 so keep an eye out!

What is your opinion on the 'blog-work-life balance'? How do you stay on top of it all?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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