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A letter to 2017

Dear 2017,

I know it's cliche, but you really have flown by and what a year we have had. When we first met, I'm going to be honest I didn't really like you much. I had been through a lot with your friend 2016 and worried that you were going to be the same. However, much to my delight, you were nothing like your friend and my first impressions of you couldn't have been more wrong. 2017 you have surprised me in so many ways, many good and some bad, but I feel like we have muddled through pretty well and I know that I am going to look back on you as an old friend.

Q&A #2

I love reading and watching Q&As and maybe this is because I am a really nosey person, but I just think they are so interesting!  They are such a great way to learn loads about someone that you follow in a relatively short amount of time and as you all loved my last Q&A so much, I thought I would answer a few more questions for you today. Also, as we are so close to Christmas, I thought it would be wrong not to include a few bonus Christmas questions too, be sure to tell me your answers in the comments! If you missed my last Q&A you can check it out here, I answered loads of questions including what camera I use, my all time favourite film and the one product that I couldn't live without. Anyway, enough about that Q&A, it's time to get on with this one...

How to Protect Your Skin This Winter

As the weather turns colder I'm sure you have all be donning your cosy hats & scarves and wrapping up all toasty and warm, ready to face the great and rather chilly outdoors. We had a lovely load of snow here last week and as well as being great fun, it served as a reminder to me that I need to remember look after my skin in this cold winter weather! In the winter we are constantly moving from warm buildings to the cold outdoors and our skin has a lot to battle against and that is before I even start on the diminished light levels (I mean, is it really necessary for it to get dark at 4pm, come on England! I need my Vitamin D!). It is so easy to neglect your skin at this time of year, especially with everyone rushing around sorting everything for Christmas, but this year I'm determined not to let that happen and today I am going to introduce you to some of the products I use in order to keep my skin in tip top condition during this very festive season.

New Finds & Current Favourites

I am constantly on the look out for new shops, cool inspiration and fun ideas, and recently I seem to have come across a lot of really great things. The feeling of discovering a cool brand, or rediscovering an old idea or place that you used to love is such a great one and I thought what better to do today than to share my new (and old) discoveries so that you can enjoy them too. Let's share the love and I hope that through this post today you will discover some new favourites of your own! So, without further ado, here are ten of my latest finds and favourites.

Printable Present Buying Planner

Are you worried about how you are going to keep track of all of the different presents that you are gifting to family and friends this year? In the past I have really struggled with Christmas present organisation, there is just so much to think about and before you know it you are panic buying boxes of cheap chocolates for the people that you have 'forgotten'. Arghh, I hate it! This year I decided that enough was enough with the Christmas present stressing & that I was going to create a little planner to help me keep track of everything. I love to be organised and so the idea of having a planner that I can use to jot down all my ideas and budgets makes my heart sing with joy. Today I am going to be sharing my planner as a free, printable download so now you can use it to keep track of all of your ideas and purchases too! Yay, for this year's Christmas being the most organised Christmas ever!

Gift Giving 101

Giving presents is something that I have loved for as long as I can remember and so when it comes to sorting out all the presents each year at Christmas time, I am in my absolute element. My friends have always said that I am a "good present buyer" (whatever that means!) and are always asking me to share the secret to giving great gifts. Well, I thought today I would finally put them all out of their misery and share some of my top gift giving tips with you all, as well as a few of my favourite places to find inspiration. I am going to chat through a few situations that you might find yourself in on your hunt for presents and how to conquer them, in the hope that it will help you buy inspired gifts for all of your favourite people. And I don't mean to panic you, but as it is only 23 days until Christmas we better get going! 

DIY Circle Pom-Pom Garland

One of my favourite things about the Christmas season is the decorating our home. I love putting up the tree & adding little Christmas touches all around the house, so cute! However, when it comes to taking them down in January, the enthusiasm begins to wane & it can seem like an endless task. This got me thinking how great it would be to have some non-traditional Christmas decorations with a neutral design, some that could stay up until mid-January without anyone judging us for not taking down our decorations! Doesn't that sound great? Well after pondering for a while I thought why not make my own, so I did and they turned out so well that I thought I would share them with you today. Garlands are such a great, no hassle way of decorating your home and now you can make one (or more) too with today's do-it-yourself circle pom-pom garland. 

3 Days, 3 Outfits

I have loved putting outfits together, for myself and for my friends, for as long as I can remember and getting dressed has long been one of my favourite parts of my morning routine. I have so much fun creating different outfits on a day-to-day basis that I thought today it would be cool, rather than only sharing one outfit with you, to share a few days worth so you can really get an insight into what I typically wear. Let's note that this is what I wear on days when I am going out of the house and it is a very different fash-un story when I am chilling at home... we will go into that another day! Anyway, today I am going to give you an insight into what I am loving to wear at the moment and I hope you enjoy having a good nosey into my current wardrobe! 

Finding Your Perfect Perfume

When I was younger I often wondered why people wore perfume. I knew it made them smell nice, but I could never understand people spending, what seemed to me back then, a lot of money just for tiny bottle of 'smell'. Over the years I have come to associate different people with different scents and, just as everyones house has its own individual fragrance, there comes a lovely sense of familiarity whenever you smell a perfume that someone close to you, be it a friend or family member, wears. This realisation of how I associate different people with different fragrances and the affect that these different 'smells' can have on my mood made me realise how important it was to me that I found my own signature scent. When you find 'your' perfume becomes part of your identity, something that people recognise and associate with you and so I began the arduous task of finding my very own perfect one. It has been a long journey, but I think I have finally found it.  My signature scent, the perfume that reflects me best and today I am going to share with you how you can find yours.

Beating the Autumn/Winter Slump

Autumn has arrived and Winter is well on the way whether we like it, or not. As the nights are draw in I know that I am not going to be the only one starting to feel like all I want to do is hibernate & watch endless reruns of my favourite shows, all whilst feeling sorry for myself for no apparent reason. Sound familiar? Meet what I like to call the Autumn/Winter slump...

In January we all start with a new optimism for the year ahead, looking forward to everything that the year has to hold. There's excitement, there's New Years resolutions and there's planning all the fun stuff you are going to get up to in the months ahead. By the end of the year the optimism begins to wane & as the days get shorter the slump begins to set in. Everyone begins to ask where the year has gone and the Christmas stresses begin to niggle in the back of our minds. Don't get me wrong, I love Autumn and Winter can be great but there is something about the shorter days and colder weather that can really get me down. We all know that feeling of not wanting to get out of bed in the morning and I know I am not alone in finding it just that little bit harder to get motivated the closer it gets to the end of the year. But don't worry, over the years I have found several ways to really help me get out of the slump and get dancing (metaphorically) again as the end of the year nears. With my top tips this time of year needn't be a depressing mush of runny noses, cold toes and frowns, instead let's learn to love it as much as the sunny summer and together beat the Autumn/Winter Slump once and for all. 

Craze: Pumpkin Picking

At the moment the one activity that every blogger, everywhere seems to be doing is picking their own pumpkins. Over the past few weeks, everywhere I looked on the internet there were pumpkins, be it recipes, halloween decoration or a day out at a pick your own farm. And that was starting to lead to me getting serious pumpkin envy - yes that is a thing! A few weeks ago I realised that the popular activity of chosing your very own pumpkin from a pumpkin farm was something that I had never done and I began to wonder why not? I have always loved Halloween, so Halloween hatred wasn't the reason and after racking my brains for a while I realised there was no reason why I hadn't been. I just hadn't. Well that was all about to change because as we were driving past the PYO at The Balloon Tree Farmshop & Cafe, near York, I decided that enough was enough and I stopped to have a look, along with the rest of my family! It was time to see what all the fuss was about. It was time to go pumpkin picking!

5 Halloween Essentials

Everyone around me keeps saying to me that it is too early to start talking about Halloween. "Wait until next week Holly", "there is plenty of time" they say, but don't you think it is always better to be prepared? I really love Halloween and just like Christmas I enjoy the lead up to the day, with all the decorating and celebrating, so much more than the actual day itself. So, in the spirit of being prepared and enjoying the lead up to the festivities this week I have decided to share with you the five essentials that you will need for a classic look this Halloween. We don't want you to be getting ready, all in your costume and ready to do your makeup on the eve of 31st to realise you have no black glitter! Exactly, that would be a catastrophe. But don't worry, I've prepared so you don't have to. 

Style File: Black, Blue and Velcro Too

As we transition from Summer to Autumn dressing for the weather can become quite tricky here in England. One minute the sun is blaring down on you, the next it is pouring with rain. In this weather I like to keep it simple with a basic outfit that is practical (sorry fashion!) but still looks great. This time of year I want (read: need) a base that I can work from, something that looks great on its own but also with whatever coat I may need - be that a leather jacket or a big, fluffy sheepskin. I'm not one to go and change if my outfit doesn't suit the weather so the value of having an outfit that simply fits all eventualities with just the addition of a coat, jacket or a scarf is perfect. So what pieces make up this staple, summer/autumn 2017 outfit...

Recent Reads & Wonderful Watches

One of the things that my friends and I could spend hours doing is chatting about all the different things that we have been watching, listening to and reading. I always love hearing what they are loving, partly because I love listening to them ramble on about the things they are most passionate about but also because one of my favourite things is finding new shows, books and music to explore. Today I thought I would take inspiration from these wonderful catch ups and share what I have been loving 'entertainment wise' recently with you. I have narrowed it down to a few favourites and I hope it inspires you to maybe watch something that you haven't seen before or pick up a new book. 

3 Sensitive Skincare Staples

I have never been one for a complicated skincare routine, I'm going to be honest all this cleanse & double cleanse business everyone talks about all just really confuses me. Simple skincare, now there's something that appeals to me. I have always liked to have a quick but effective routine that I can  easily carry out in the morning, when I wake up, and at night, before I go to sleep. And that's all I need. In the past I have really struggled with skincare due to the fact I have eczema & sensitive skin (yay...), but I think I may have finally found the perfect products for me & I can't wait to share them with you.

Art Books 101

I am a sucker for a good book and, in my eyes, nothing beats a beautiful collection of books about things you love, whether that is astronomy or acrobatics, I really feel that each person's book shelf tells a story about who they are. Today I thought I would share with you one of my favourite parts of my collection, the art books. They have been so well read & poured over and provide a constant source of inspiration for me not just creatively but generally in life too. Not all art books are just full of pretty pictures & I'm here today to show you that there is a whole lot more going on inside the covers of these books than you may imagine...

Feeling Peckish?

Hidden away in the quiet village of Albrighton, home of the english rose, is the perfect place for amazing food and good catch up with friends - even with people you see all the time, I take any excuse to make a trip. Peckish has been one of my favourite cafés for many years now and today I  have decided to share with you all what makes me keep coming back for more (and more), and it isn't just the cake...

DIY Irregular Dots Wall

I am always looking for quick and easy ways to transform my room and painting so often seems the best and easiest way forward. However, my room is quite dark and the white walls really help to make it feel light and fresh, so painting them a different colour just wasn't the answer. Dilemma! How could I keep my walls sparkling white but give my room the revamp that it so desperately needed? Inspiration came to me when, as I was pondering my dilemma, I looked down and saw that I was wearing a top covered in irregular dots. This is my absolute favourite pattern at the moment and I suddenly thought why not transfer it onto my wall? It was just the inspiration I was looking for and has led me to this DIY, which I can't wait to share with you. So without further ado let's get painting, or should that be stamping...

Style File: Long Summer Days

It has been a busy ol' summer so far and yesterday I took a day to sit back and recharge my batteries, catching up on some reading & telly watching. Bliss. I have always loved to express myself through my clothes and have never been one to stay in my pyjamas past 11:00 am. There aren't many teens that you will meet that will tell you that! In this way have always struggled with choosing what to wear to 'slob' around in, mainly because it isn't something I do a lot of. I enjoy being busy and stopping can be difficult sometimes. This outfit is about as chilled out as my clothes get before they become pyjamas and today I thought I would share with you why jogging bottoms & sweats are never really going to be my 'thing'.

Japan - What to Do & Where to Go?

I have always seen Summer as the time of year to get out and explore. Seeing everyone's holiday snaps covering the internet got me thinking about how much I love travelling and, whilst wishing I had climbed into everyones suitcases & joined them on holiday, I had a sudden realisation about how little there is about travelling on this blog. It seems crazy to me that I have somehow managed to bypass talking about such a big part of my life, something I love so much, and so today we are going to readdress the balance. A few years ago I was lucky enough to take a trip to Japan with my family and it was breathtaking. Today I am going to share with you what we got up to whilst we were there and where you should go if you are thinking of making the same life changing trip. Let's explore...

Going Bananas for The Body Shop

I have been a big fan of The Body Shop for a long time now and they recently came up with something a bit different that really caught my attention. Banana scented shampoo and conditioner. Yes, you heard me right. Banana. To me banana is right up there with marmite, it seems to be one of the ultimate love it or hate it scents. I personally love it and this brilliant haircare set has become a permanent resident in my shower. It gives me all the summer feels and has been just what I have needed to brighten these grey August days.

August Anthems: A Summer Playlist

I recently talked about my love of discovering new music (read more here), but something that I haven't talked about, and had forgotten about really, is how equally exciting it is to rediscover old music that you used to love. Isn't that also the greatest feeling? I certainly think so. Certain songs or albums can so easily transport you back to different times in your life and I love that music has the power to bring back memories, happy or sad. This playlist is the best of both worlds (before you ask, no it isn't Hannah Montana themed), it encompasses old and new music to create a fun summer vibe, and I can't wait to share it with you.

How I Work Well from Home

I have been working from home now for about six months and I love it. During that time I have learnt a lot about what works and what doesn't when it comes to working in a home environment and so I thought I would share my five top tips with you. I hope that this might help some of you who are new to working at home to focus your time and become more productive. It is worth noting that I am by no means an expert and am still learning myself, but I know if I had known the following when I started then, let's just say, I would have saved a lot of time and got a lot more done everyday.

July Favourites

I cannot believe that July is already drawing to a close, can someone please explain to me how that happened? It has gone by in a whirlwind and along the way I have discovered some really great new favourites that I think you are going to love. I can't wait to share with you what I have been wearing, watching, listening to, reading and just generally loving this month, so let's get started, I mean I have a lot to get through so if we don't get going who knows how long this will take!

Style File: Dots & Pleats

I don't know about you but I have always found dressing for summer really difficult. Here in Britain we are lucky if get a few days of sunshine, so the month long heatwave we have been experiencing has really made me re-evaluate my summer style. Now, don't get me wrong, I love the summer, but I am definitely more of a winter person when it comes to fashion, I am all about the layering and bobble hats! However, over the last few weeks I have had no choice but to venture into my (tiny) summer wardrobe and try to put together some relatively cool but collected outfits, and today I thought I would share one of my favourites with you.

Paris for Paul Smith

Recently I was lucky enough to be invited to go to the Paul Smith Spring Summer '18 Show in Paris and today I thought I would share everything about it with you. The show itself was bright, fun and gave off all the summer vibes. On arrival we were greeted with biscuits and ice-cream, something we were very grateful for in the scorching Paris heat. Alongside the rubber fish invitation I had received a few weeks prior to the show, these little touches gave a small taste of what we were in for once we got inside. Summer was about to begin.

How to Collage

I have been collaging for as long as I can remember, it is such a great way to chill out and do something creative. I love how it allows you to create beautiful art so quickly and easily by using old magazines that would probably otherwise end up in the bin. I mean it is essentially grown-up cutting and sticking with an element of recycling! Who knew art could be so eco-friendly!? Anyway, today I am going to give you a rundown on how I collage and hopefully you will be inspired to get creating.

Art Day in the Capital

Last Saturday my dad and I took a long overdue day trip to London to soak up all, well not quite all, the art that the capital has to offer. Our chosen exhibitions were Grayson Perry's The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever! and the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition. Today I thought I would share some pictures of the beautiful art that we saw alongside my ramblings about how lovely everything was, and boy was it lovely!


When I am writing on here I often forget that you don't all know everything about me. It's silly really because how would you? I thought it was about time we all got to know each other a bit better and so today I am going to answer some the Qs you may have about me with some As, or at least try to. I hope you enjoy finding out a bit more about the face behind the blog and do let me know how you would answer these questions, I'd love to know.

My Pink Lip Kit

I am no beauty guru, I will admit to that. I mean make-up is actually an area I really struggle with due to my eczema. It is hard to find products that agree with my skin and eyeshadow is an absolute no go for me, so I find bringing colour to makeup looks really difficult. Here's where lips come in! One thing that I can experiment with without any worry is lipstick and I love it. Recently I have jumped right on the pink trend and today I am going to share with you what products I use to achieve a great pink lip.

Card Haul

The process of shopping for cards is one of my favourite things, that is alongside buying presents. I love to find a card that really fits the personality of the person I will be sending it to and whenever I see gorgeous cards I can't help but buy them even if I don't have anyone particular in mind to receive them, hence the collection. Here's a little look at some of my favourite cards and where I got them from, enjoy!

Easy DIY flower crown

Festival season is upon us, with Radio One's Big Weekend starting today, and with that comes fun, sun and dressing up! Whether or not you are going to be attending a festival this year, this Easy DIY Flower Crown is a great way to get outside, have fun and end up looking good, all at the same time. So invite your friends round and let's get creative...

Style File: The Trousers of Dreams

I don't think that I have ever loved any patterned trousers as much as I love this checked pair that I picked up in H&M last week. This may be because they were a bargain, because I have been looking for a pair just like these for what seems like forever or maybe the novelty of them being new just hasn't worn off yet... who knows? Regardless these are a pair of trousers that I know I will love for a long time and here's why...

5 Books that have influenced me

I have always loved reading. I look at it like exploring; there is always something new and exciting to find in a good book. Over the years I have explored many books, both good and bad, but there are are certain ones that have stuck with me. The reason? They were able to teach me the best lessons about the world and myself, and that is why I want to share them with you today.

Exercise made Easy

Do you think you are too busy to exercise? I know a lot of people do. Many of you are probably thinking that I am mad to think that there is ANY room for exercise in your schedule that is already fit to burst with revision or work. But hear me out. Exercise is a great way to re-energise and refocus yourself and is a proven way of reducing stress, I can vouch for that. What if I told you that I have found a way that you can get a great workout in just ten minutes, leaving you focused and ready for the day? Impossible you say? Well think again...

Album of the Moment: Rumours

Over the last few years vinyl has been making a comeback and I for one am loving it. In recent weeks I have been almost religiously listening to, and loving, Fleetwood Mac's infamous 'Rumours' album, after discovering it about forty years too late. Today I just really wanted to share it with you all in hope that you may find that you love it too.

April Favourites

So far April has been treating me really well, not only has it been Easter (yum!) but the sun has been shining and Paramore have finally released a new song, hallelujah! From skincare to shoes I have discovered so many new favourites so far this month and I thought I would share them with you today because there are some real beauties, including some great new reads. What have you been loving recently?

Easter Treats

Easter is the time of chocolate, sweets and more chocolate and so it only seemed right to do a post on all things sweet to share with you what I will be enjoying this Easter. Yummy!

Style File: Babe you got this

Recently I have been trying to experiment with my style a bit more and make it just a bit more fun, I mean life's to short to wear boring clothes, am I right? It has been a really enjoyable process and has made me see that dressing casually doesn't have to mean slobbing around in jogging bottoms (my arch enemies) but can actually allow you to express yourself in a different way and have a whole lot of fun at the same time. 

DIY Geometric Wall Art

Whilst browsing through Pinterest for some interiors inspiration last week I kept coming across amazing geometric walls that people had painted themselves. I loved the idea of doing my own but the idea of committing myself to having a whole wall like that was a bit much so I decided to do a canvas instead to see how it worked out. I was really pleased with how easy and quick it was to do and I know you guys are going to love making your own, so here is an easy guide so you can do just that.

Let's Chill Out: Relaxing Playlist

After struggling to understand the concept of 'me time' for many years, I feel like I have finally realised why it is so important. As much as it can seem selfish taking time for yourself it can, and will, actually make your life a happier one. Everyone has different ways of relaxing, for some reading is the perfect escape, for others a relaxing soak in the bath will do the trick, for me music is the one. I have always loved music and so creating a playlist (see below) to help me chill out seemed logical. I have taken a long time perfecting it and, in my eyes, it is now the perfect playlist to help me wind down after a long days work. I love it and I hope you will too.

Review: Fujifilm Instax Mini 7

Let me introduce you to the Fujifilm Instax Mini 7 Instant Camera. I received this battery powered  camera for my birthday a few years ago after wanting one for a really long time. I have really enjoyed using it and it has allowed me to document some of the best events in my life over the last few years. Today I thought it would be fun to share my thoughts on it with you, so without further ado...

Style File: The First Day of Spring

Today the clouds cleared, the birds started to sing and the sun came out. Spring has officially arrived and I couldn't be more excited! As much as I love layering up for Winter there is something quite liberating about Spring dressing. I delight in no longer having to cover up all of my favourite t-shirts with jumpers or having to think about appropriate footwear (something I don't really own!). Bring it on Spring!

Birchbox: February Review

If you have been following my blog for a while you will know that I have been a fan of Birchbox for a long time. For any of you who don't know, Birchbox is a beauty box subscription service that delivers beautiful products straight to your door every month and I have had subscriptions on and off for the last few years. As my most recent subscription has come to a close I thought I would take the opportunity to do one last review and share with you the gorgeousness of February's box...

Free Printable Calendars / 2

As promised in my first calendar post here is the follow up with the calendars for March, April and May. The problem that I find when I BUY a calendar is that I normally get bored by the theme by the time we reach about May! For this very reason I wanted these calendars to be a bit different from each other and have a bit of variety. I think by keeping the theme fresh it will remind us to actually use the calendar and therefore stay more organised.

Endless Love

This Valentines, or Pal-entines/ Gal-entines Day depending on how you are celebrating it, I decided to send some homemade cards to my friends to tell them how much I appreciate them being in my life. In the last few years I have started to like Valentines Day more and this is because it seems to be more about all kinds of love. It has become a great excuse to say thank you to loved ones for always being there and make sure everyone is feeling the looove.

DIY Pom Pom Cushion

After seeing many a pom pom adorned item in the shops over Christmas I decided I wanted my own pom pom cushion to spruce up my bed. I wanted it to match my other cushion from Next, pictured above, and for it not to be too pricey. After scouring the internet and having no luck finding a decent priced cushion of the right colour, I decided to make my own & here's how you can make one just the same...

All you need to make you very own pom pom cushion is, surprise surprise, some pom poms and, wait for it, a cushion! I know it sounds self explanatory but by buying these items separately and sewing them together you can make the exact cushion that you want for a fraction of the price you would pay for one in the shops.

Bits & Bobs I Bought

In my last post I talked about the lovely shops in Ludlow but didn't show you what I bought, I was saving that for today. There were so many gorgeous things on offer as we pottered around and we could have bought a lot, however, these few things stood out and made it home with us. What lovely things they are!

I have loved the brand Lazy Oaf for a long time and so couldn't quite believe my eyes when we came across these Lazy Oaf cat plates whilst strolling around. They were just sitting outside a shop and were insanely reduced to £2.00 each, due to slight imperfections in the print. We obviously snapped them up immediately and I was so pleased. Maybe one of them will come to university with me but for now they certainly make meal times just that bit more fun.

Exploring Ludlow

One of my favourite things to do is to explore interesting places with interesting shops, restaurants and architecture. This is a love my family share and so last week it seemed fitting that we should venture out of the mist that seems to have been enveloping our house for the last few weeks and take ourselves off to have a good explore. We chose Ludlow, a small town in south Shropshire, as the destination for our adventure because we knew it had lovely independent shops and we hadn't been there for a while. And it is fair to say it didn't disappoint...

The shop '55 Mill Street' is a treasure trove of all things vintage. Everything in it is beautifully arranged and there is just SO much stuff to search through. It is at least three stories of gorgeousness and there is even a courtyard full of fun things for the garden. We really enjoyed having a nosey through all the bits and bobs and only left because we needed to get some food.