Sunday, 28 February 2016

This Month I...

Could February have gone any quicker than January?! It's been a jammed pack month, following the lazy Christmas and New Year period and overall has been a pretty happy month for me.

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This Month I... ate pancakes and burgers! Of course February hits Shrove Tuesday, which is the only day of the year where it is acceptable to eat pancakes all day long. My favourite pancake style is fried banana and nutella filled pancake - one of your five-a-day and delicious! And one month without eating a burger just wouldn't be right, this February was Honest Burgers, one a I really recommend trying out. 

This Month I..., Shirt, Pull & Bear, Hearts, Love Hearts, New shirt, Blouse, Fashion, Fashion Blogger,

This Month I... bought another shirt! As last month was a makeup haul, I celebrated surviving February with a new shirt. I will be posting a complete review online, but thought I would give you a sneak peak of this Pull & Bear shirt I picked up. It's so pretty!

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This Month I... read The Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin. I've got a full review here, but a quick sum up is that it focuses on a boy called Max, who is also an intersex. He's not fully a boy, but neither fully a girl and the story begins with a disturbing event which causes Max to question his gender. Each chapter has a different character, which normally doesn't work, but Tarttelin manages to progress the story well.

This Month I..., Watched, PLL, Pretty Little Liars, TV, Netflix,

This Month I... watched a load of Pretty Little Liars! Originally I watched the first series when it aired on TV a few years ago, then it switched to Netflix and I couldn't watch it anymore until my brother lent me his Netflix! Now I'm up to season 4 and catching up pretty quickly since the beginning of the year - so no spoilers!! 

This Month I..., Ate, Experienced, Oxo Tower, bookatable.co.uk, Dinner, Food, Offer, London,

This Month I.... experienced dinner at the Oxo Tower! We picked up a set dinner deal from bookatable.co.uk for dinner at the Oxo Tower last month, and experienced the delicious food and fab views. You could literally see every angle along the south bank of the Thames, even though the window didn't show off the best reflection! I'd definitely recommend the Oxo Tower and bookatable.co.uk for special occasions and great offers. 

What was your highlight this month? I hope February was fab for you too!

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x 

Thursday, 25 February 2016

OOTD: Floral Dress and Knee High Boots

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Coat: Warehouse
Dress: Zara
Boots: H&M
Scarf: New Look
Cardigan and Gloves: Marks & Spencer
Bag: ASOS

These boots have been in my wardrobe for a long time, and probably should be on their way out soon! The shoe part is fake leather, then the rest is a soft suede material which you can bunch down at the ankle or pull up towards the knee, but there's been a hole forming on the toes which lets water in. Not ideal! 

I've become a little obsessed with high neck dresses and roll neck jumpers, that this Zara dress has become one of many. As well as being black and white, the yellow accents add a bit of colour to my otherwise dull outfit! Accessories are pretty important right now, I love a big tartan scarf and pair of leather gloves during the winter - these are my current paring, along with a burgundy bobble hat if it's really cold. 

What do you think of this outfit? Have you got a piece of clothing you can't let go of? 

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Beginner's Blogging Series: Post Inspiration

First off, thank you so much for all the lovely comments on my Social MediaPhotos and Tracking posts - it means so much to me! Next up is Post Inspiration. There's been so many times when I've been sat at this computer blank and without any ideas flowing, so I thought I'd show you where I get my blog inspiration.

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Magazines and News - If I read an article on an interesting topic, I'll feature it on my blog and add my own twist and opinion on it. When the controversial 'tampon tax' came into the news, I posted about the facts and my opinion on the whole debate. Choose something that is topical and something that you know your audience will be able to relate to. It makes your blog stand out and show that your posts are versatile!

Post examples:


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Bloggers - I get a ton of inspiration from other bloggers! Whether it's inspiring a new OOTD, a themed tips post or a beauty favourites, bloggers are a creative bunch and it's not wrong to feel inspired by someone's post, as long as you are not copying it word for word as this would be a copyright breach. If you see someone's post that you like, add it to your saved posts on Bloglovin' or put pen to paper and write down why that post inspired you.

A few of my favourite and inspiring bloggers:

Beginner's Blogging Series: Post Inspiration

Travelling and Experiences - Been somewhere on holiday recently or visited that museum? Write a blog post about it! I'll guarantee someone will find your post helpful and hopefully inspire them to visit or travel to where you did. Collate your post into a photo diary, add your best travelling tips or recommend the go-places. 

A few of my travel posts:

Beginner's Blogging Series: Post Inspiration

Favourites and Flashbacks - These types of posts are my fall-back when I'm lacking inspiration! Favourites are, funnily enough, my favourite types because I've got tons of beauty and fashion favourites. The above is my extensive lip balm collection, which some may think is a little excessive! Share your favourite mascaras, eyeshadows or shirt collection. Flashbacks are always a great post for when you're lacking inspiration, if you have a favourite post that your readers love, flashback to it and add an update to it!

A few of my favourite Favourites!

Where do you get your inspiration from?

I hope you feel inspired by this post! Catch up on my Beginner's Blogging Series: Tracking, Photos and Social Media.

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Spring Nail Polish Favourites!

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My Sunday Pamper Routine will usually include some sort of nail care and painting my nails for the week is my biggest indulgence. Now we're over half way through February, spring is on the horizon and my spring nail polish palette is looking much lighter to the plum tones and glitter bomb nails sported throughout winter. 

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Remember the Mini Eggs you get at Easter? This nail polish is the perfect version of it! The blue pastel is always on trend for spring and the speckles aren't as difficult to remove as glitter is (if anyone has any tips for removing glitter easily, please do let me know!) Models Own nail polishes are fab quality too, just make sure you use a bottom coat first.

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Ciate Paint Pots in Knickerbocker Glory

I do love a good pink, it's bright, girly and very spring-like! Plus the name is so apt for the shade. I think I got this free in a magazine, but I'd love to try a few more from Ciate. The brush handle and brush size are perfect for my nails, and the bottle shape fits perfectly into between my thumb and finger. 

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Could this be my best nude-nude nail polish? The colour is the perfect fit for my nails and skin tone, it's almost as if I'm not wearing any nail polish! Although the formula isn't great and chips if you don't wear a topcoat, it doesn't stain my nails and removes quite easily too. 

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Rimmel London in Double Decker Bus

Even though it was a toss up between this Rimmel London polish and Barry M Red, Rimmel London just tips it with its wide brush and long-lasting finish. I don't think I could've done a nail polish post without featuring a red shade, it's classic and goes with pretty much everything - in fact I think I have at least 3 or 4 reds in my collection!

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I love the Barry M Gelly polishes! So far I have mostly pastel shades, which are perfect for spring. Huckleberry isn't too blue that it makes my skin look weird, but a gorgeous silver-toned blue. It would look so pretty with a patterned or geometric white nail polish design on top!

What are your favourite nail polishes for spring?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Thursday, 18 February 2016

OOTD: Leopard Print Cardigan and A New Hairstyle

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Coat: Warehouse
Cardigan and Scarf: Primark
Top: H&M
Jeans and Gloves: M&S
Shoes and Necklace: Topshop
Bag: ASOS

Sometimes the simplest outfits are your favourite. I'll forever champion a white v-neck t-shirt and black skinny jeans combination, just throw on a smart jacket and heels and you've got yourself a casual night out outfit. Or add on a comfy cardigan and Converse trainers, and I'm ready for the weekend. I've probably had this cardigan for a while now, as you can tell it's getting smaller and smaller each time it gets washed... but there's just some clothes you can't let go of! 

I've been trying out the side plait for a while now, and totally love it even if it does take half an hour to do and eventually falls out anyway. Girls with thick hair and a gazzillion layers will feel my pain when trying to plait your hair. But add a ton of hairspray, hair grips and a lot of praying and it might hold up until lunch! 

What do you think of this outfit? Have you got a favourite piece of clothing?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Beginner's Blogging Series: Social Media

Thank you so much for all your support on here and across social media, I'm so pleased you're enjoying my Beginner's Blogging Series! Catch up with tips on Tracking and how I take my Photos.

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This week is all about social media. Blogging and social media go hand in hand together, both are online and very social. When I first began blogging, social media was only just starting to gain speed and it soon became one of the most important factors when being a blogger. I'll start off with the best ways to organise your social media, then what are the best platforms and accounts to follow. 

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Hootsuite - I use the free version of Hootsuite to schedule in all my tweets and instagram posts every week, but there's tons of other free online software you can use. A few bloggers have mentioned using TweetDeck and Buffer to schedule in all their posts, but most work all the same! 

I used to live-tweet and post all my social media posts, but now realising that it's not very productive, Hootsuite has come to my rescue! Your tweets will automatically send, without you having to login to your account but Instagram will send you a notification for you to copy and paste the image and text into your app. Still pretty easy and quick!

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Bitly - I already mention using Bitly in my Tracking post, as it's a great way to see when your blog post links are getting the highest clicks. It's a free service and all you have to do is create an account to get your tracking links! Only thing is that you can't organise your links e.g. Fashion, Beauty, Reviews - which I think would be helpful! 

Just copy and paste the URL into the website then you can track when and where it's being clicked. With both Hootsuite and Bitly, it does take a bit of time to work out when and where you should be sharing your blog posts. For more detail on this subject, please check out my Tracking post. 

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Twitter and Instagram - Both my most used social media platforms, as a great way to share your posts with other bloggers, brands and followers. Use hashtags like #bbloggers for beauty, #fbloggers for fashion and #lbloggers for lifestyle to get your posts seen and clicked on! Also using hashtags like #ValentinesDay or #Christmas if your posts are themed really helps too. If you've done a review on a brand, then @ their account too. Twitter also has a few accounts which share your posts too, a few I use are: @FemaleBloggerRT @fashbeautylife @UKBloggers1 and #blogginggals 

When looking into social media, definitely check out the analytics and see which platform fits best for you and when to post!

What's your best tips for social media and blogging?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Book Review: Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin

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I've always got a book on the go, usually with a few magazines scattered around, waiting to be read too. In January I switched from my usual chic lit and chose Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin, story about an intersex called Max. Before reading this book, I never really knew much about intersexes - basically it's a condition where someone is between a female and male, commonly known as a hermaphrodite. 

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It centres around a character called Max, the perfect son, clever student and apple of the eye of all the girls. Although he understands his condition, his parents are hiding a lot more than what is on the surface. As he grows older, girlfriends start expecting more and a series of events spark off a difficult decision for Max and a lot of questions unanswered.

It delves into the complex struggles of being an intersex and how family and friends come to terms with understanding the condition. Perhaps some could describe it as a 'coming of age' story, previously something you wouldn't read or hear about in books or across the media. Everyone goes through the 'who am I' argument and struggle once in their life (also known as a teenage-mid-life-general-crisis!) but this story goes even further. 

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Each chapter is split by character, which is one of my favourite styles to structure a book. The best character in my opinion is Max's little brother, Daniel because even thought his parents think he's too young and naive to understand what Max is going through, he actually 'gets' Max the most. But maybe it shows that kids are my aware and understanding that what adults think. 

One of the dangers of writing a book which is controversial and never really been written about in book in the way this one has. It depicts the story and confusion of an intersex in an emotional and sensitive manner, whilst being totally concise and medically correct. Don't let the medical terms put you off though, it's 100% gripping and unlike any other story I have read before. 

Overall, if you're looking for something different and to broaden your reading horizons, definitely check out Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin!

What book are you currently reading?

Rhiannon x

Thursday, 11 February 2016

The Single Girl's Guide To Surviving Valentine's Day


Usually when we approach Valentine's Day, I inwardly groan at the thought of shops filled with love hearts and teddy bears and gazzillion of emails with the subject 'Valentine's Day'. But this year I'm determined to have a fab single girl's Valentine's Day and here's my how-to guide! 

1. Apply you favourite makeup look and take a ton of selfies. If you're not dressing up for a boyfriend or girlfriend, dress up for yourself! Watch a ton of tutorials then get practicing your smokey eyes and feline flicks.

2. Stay off social media.... if you know what's good for you. Unless you want to see perfectly filtered Instagram photos with 'the one' and 'bae' across your news feed. 

3. Line up your DVD film session! Mean Girls is an obvious one, but I do love Bridesmaids and especially Fat Amy from Pitch Perfect. 

4. It's pamper time. Face and hair masks are my ultimate luxury, so I'll just pop on a mask and relax in the bath for a few minutes for the ultimate me-time!

5. Spend it with your friends. Who needs a boyfriend or girlfriend to have fun?! Organize a group of your closest friends for a dinner date or plan a cinema trip.

6. Get the food supplies in. Chocolate, pizza, ice cream - you know the drill. Just stay away from anything pink or heart-shaped and you're all good.

What are your plans for this Valentine's Day?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Beginner's Blogging Series: Photos

Thank you to everyone for their lovely comments on my previous Beginner's Blogging Series: Tracking. I'm so pleased you all enjoyed the post and found it useful!

This week's is about photography - not something I'm an expert in, but it's part of my 2016 Blogging Resolutions, so hopefully I'll be able to recify this! These tips are mainly for beginner's and a great way to start learning about how to edit your photos and which style suits your blog best. I hope you enjoy!

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PicMonkey - Whenever there's a blogger chat question about which programme people use to edit their photos, PicMonkey is one of the most popular. It's a free photo editing website, with the usual crop, resize and exposure edits but also with cool frames, filters, makeup touch ups etc. 

I've actually bought the paid version, which is $33 per year, which gives me a lot more choice in terms of filters and editing. You can use these edits and filters too, but it'll have the PicMonkey watermark in one corner. 

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Canon 1100D - Obviously I can't do a tips post about photography without mentioning a camera! I take all my shots with a Canon 1100D on a 18-55mm lens, which does the job very well. Before I had a mini digital Canon camera which worked for me, but the 1100D is brilliant for getting clear and bright photos. If you're looking at getting a camera, definitely do your research online to find the best brand and model - especially as there's a lot out there nowadays!

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Layout and VSCO - Photo camera's and editing apps have come along so far in the past few years that you can make a photo look like it was taken on a professional camera. I use Layout for when I want a collage style, you can determine what size collage you want and resize them too. Then for when Instagram filters are just not enough, I'll use VSCO to lighten and brighten images - my favourite filter is G3! Both are free and available in the app store to download too.

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Alt Text and Watermarks - These are just a few added tips that I thought would be useful! Adding Title Text and Alt Text to your photos can help make your blog more searchable by the SEO tools. Just add a few keywords on both, with commas in between and you're good to go!

Watermarks and photo copyright isn't something I know in great detail about, but if you're concerned about people using your photos then there's tons of ways you can avoid this happening. Watermarks are probably the easiest, just add your blog URL at the bottom corner of each photo. You can add copyright text somewhere on your blog, just stating you own the photos on here and if people do want to use them, then can they please ask first or link back to your blog. There's a few other technical ways here, but these are a few ways to start off with.

What's your best tool for editing your photos? Any photography tips for beginners?


Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Sunday, 7 February 2016

My Sunday Pamper Routine

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After a Sunday roast and chilled afternoon, there's nothing better than having a good old pamper session. Usually my Sunday's are filled with tidying my room, blogging and getting ready for the working week, so there's not a lot of time to pamper myself but I have got a quick-fix pamper routine which I use every Sunday.

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First up is hair. I always wash my hair on a Sunday (as well as throughout the week, obvs!) and give it a good condition with the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner. I'll squeeze a generous blob into my palms then massage across my hair and leave for 3 minutes - a super quick and easy way to restore my hair. Once I've towel-dried my hair, I'll add a small amount of the TIGI Bed Head Blow-Out to the middle and ends of my hair for added shine. Then I'll use the Neal & Wolf Smoothing Blow-Dry Balm, which I adore as it smells gorgeous and leaves my hair looking so smooth and glossy.

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Next up is skincare. I do love using face masks and try to use one at least once a week. My all-time favourite is the Superdrug Deep Cleansing Fruit Mask, as well as smells great and leaving my skin looking brand new. I usually get 3 or 4 uses out of one sachet and wrap it up with clingfilm in between uses - top tip! After that I'll cleanse with the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish, again super soft and gentle on my skin. Then I'll applying the bareMinerals Active Cell Renew Night Serum across my face and neck and apply the Botanics Refreshing Eye Roll-On under my eyes for a super cooling effect. Finally on to moisturiser and I'm working through the Garnier Miracle Sleeping Cream, which leaves my skin feeling and looking hydrated without being over greasy. 

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And then those last bits and bobs! I'll add a generous blob of the Soap & Glory Heel Genius Foot Cream and massage in, then pop a pair of bed socks on top. Because I always get really dry lips in the morning, the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream is the only product which keeps my lips super smooth until the morning. Because I am awful at keeping my hands in good condition, I've been trying the Leighton Denny Renovate Nail Repair Cream, which makes my nails so smooth and cuticles super soft - definitely recommend trying it out!

What's your Sunday Pamper Routine?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Thursday, 4 February 2016

OOTD: A Pinterest Inspired Outfit...

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Coat: Warehouse
Shirt: Zara
Jumper and Scarf: Primark
Jeans and Gloves: Marks & Spencer
Shoes and Bag: ASOS
Necklace: Accessorize

So after my lack of outfit inspiration last week, I took my own twist on one of my Pinterest inspirations! I do adore the denim shirt and white jumper combo, but never thought of putting them together. And of course I needed some comfort in my leopard print slip-ons! Only down side of 
wearing slip-ons is that freezing cold weather and no socks do not work well...

What do you think of this outfit? Do you look to Pinterest for outfit inspiration?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Beginners Blogging Series: Tracking

Even though I'm super small compared to massive bloggers (but it's not all about comparison!) I thought I would share a mini series of tips and tools for beginners to blogging. It's just  a few tips and tricks I've picked up along the way, and if you have your own, please do add them in the comments!

Tracking is such handy information to start looking at a few months into blogging - it can help mold your blog content and where and when you share your content! All of them are free too!

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Bitly - In short, this tool shortens your links and tracks when and where someone has clicked on them. For example, copy your link into bitly and it'll create a unique URL for you to share and distribute where you like. You can also personalise your link too, but it's got to be quite short and not already in use!

I'll go into more detail about Bitly when it comes to the Social Media post of this series, but in terms of tracking, it's one I couldn't do without. It gives you results on when the link was clicked and where, giving you great information on where and what time you should be sharing your links!

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Google Analytics - In my opinion, you should have GA set up when you begin your blog, so you can get an idea of progress. There's tons of blog posts and advice on how to set up GA, from the basic coding to more technical bits, so have a Google - but starting with the basics is good to begin with!

In short, GA tracks all your website activity. From how many visitors view your blog per month, how long they stay on your blog for to how many are new and returning visitors. As you can see from my blog there are peaks on Sundays, then it dips in the middle of the week and comes back up on a Thursday and Friday. For further detail, GA can tell you where your visitors are coming from e.g. organic search, referral, social media etc. which gives you a good idea of where to focus your promotion!

Note: More About Cat has a great post on Google Analytics For Bloggers here.

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Tweriod - Every month I'll request a Tweriod analysis for my Twitter account, as it's my most used social media account before Instagram. If you find you're using Instagram or Facebook more, there's tons of other websites which give you an idea of your account analytics.

Tweriod provides results for 'Most Exposure When Tweeted Between' and 'Most Followers Online Between' on a weekly, weekend and daily basis. It's results can vary, so do try a few different times to see if you can better results but overall it's a good guidance to follow (and it's free!). 

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Twitter Analytics - Probably my favourite tracking tool to use, Twitter Analytics gives you a monthly overview of all your tweets, impressions, profile visits, mentions and followers. It also highlights your Top Tweet, Top Media Tweet, Top Mention and Top Follower each month. 

If you click the Tweets tab, it breaks down each tweet you've done and how many impressions it's has, as well as click-throughs, expansions, RTs etc. Then click on the Audiences tab and you'll find a ton of helpful information! From gender, nationality, likes and interests, you can really build curated content for your audience on Twitter. Of course for there's also Facebook Insights (which is even more in depth!) and Iconosquare for Instagram too! 

What's your best tool for tracking? Any tips on tracking your blog?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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