Flamingo Gifts: Stationary Haul

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I’ve always been that girl who would look forward to the stationary shop before each new school year. The one who buys a million different files/folders/pads of paper even though I would never fill them up. And the one who had 10000 different pens in every colour under the sun.

As I’m no longer a Student (cry) I don’t have a reason to go on the annual stationary shop. However, the fact I need a pen and paper for work gives me the perfect reason to stock up on sticky notes, pretty notebooks and pens. This is where Flamingo Gifts tick every box for me – they have a huge range of stationary which would make a great gift (or treat for yourself!).

Flamingos are my favourite animal so when I saw these Flamingo Paper Clips* I knew I needed them in my life. They’re £2.99 for a packet of 6 which is probably a little pricey but they are SO DAMN CUTE. I currently have a stack of papers on my desk held together with one and it makes me so happy… Im sad, I know.

The patterns on Ted Baker products are so pretty so when I spotted their stationary I fell in love. I went for a set of Ted Baker pens* and a gorgeous notebook*. Both would make a lovely gift as the attention to detail is second to none.

Make way for the perfect notebook* for me by Wild & Wolf(an undiscovered genius obviously). It’s A5 which is the perfect size for taking into meetings at work and it’s cute so why the hell not. I went for this book of sticky notes* for the same reason.. SO CUTE and I can’t wait to start using these at work  – reserved for important notes of course.

It’s worth having a browse through the Flamingo Gifts website as they have a huge range of gifts. I know I’ll be continuing my browse as I have a few Birthdays coming up and it’s 1p delivery! (they have a boyfriend section which is a God send)!

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Spring Trends: Modern Tailoring

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Traditionally tailoring has been a line of clothing we’re forced to wear to the office. But something that is usually dull and unflattering is (finally!) being transformed into something we’ll actually enjoy wearing to work. Not only that, but it seems it’s finally acceptable to rock all the tailoring in the world, whilst on a weekend shopping trip. This makes me so happy as I have a wardrobe full of tailored trousers I’ve always felt a little too dressed up in on my day off!

I’m one for bold prints and it seems that bold prints AND tailoring are going to be huge for SS15 – WIN! Queue the amazing range from designer Rejina Pyo , which combines bold prints with precision tailoring to create the perfect SS15 wardrobe.

Rock as much or as little tailoring as you feel fit, and when it comes to prints be as daring as you like. Go all out in a printed dress or in a bold top and block coloured trousers. I am dreaming up so many outfits in my head, I wouldn’t be surprised if ALL of my upcoming outfit posts are 100% tailoring. Is it possible to get a tailored bag?!

Are you loving tailoring for Spring?

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Outfit: Sight-Seeing In Copenhagen 

I potentially could have cropped these images, but they’re taken in Copenhagen and I didn’t want to get rid of any of its beauty.

I was so busy in the lead up to this trip (my belated birthday gift) that I didn’t bother the check what the weather was like in Denmark. It’s cold. It also rained on the Friday and I had no umbrella or coat with a hood – genius I know.

Anyway, I decided to keep my wardrobe pretty simple and went with my black jeans from New Look. I love jeans from New Look and wear them ALL the time. Everyone needs a black pair of jeans in their life! I’m obsessed with black polo neck tops lately and this one (although a little see-through) is from Primark. I think they add instant-chic to any outfit so if anyone knows of anywhere I can get one that is relatively in expensive and not see-through, please let me know!

I’m all for comfort so decided my new gym shoes would make the trip with me. I think they look fabulous, you can get these from Office, for around £80-£90. These were a birthday present and I’m actually excited to go to the gym so I can wear them… Who even am I anymore?!

Accessory-wise I threw on my favourite coat from Primark, was only £20 in the sale don’t you know! I went for a black bag, as black goes with everything and I love the style of this. Although it isn’t very big, it fits sooo much in it, perfect for dragging around sight seeing! This was also from Primark and I’m actually sharing it with my sister who took it to Paris last week. Seriously considering going and buying my own though as I know I’ll get a lot of wear out of it!

I’m all for simple outfits lately – what is your staple piece?

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Is Blogging Simply a Numbers Game?

We all love our little spaces on the Internet where we can review products, ramble on about current issues and discuss fashion trends, but I don’t believe that’s what blogging is for the majority.

Of course, it’s nice to see a page view, an increase in bloglovin followers, a couple of comments on your latest post or how many clicks came through Google, but this isn’t blogging. I suppose if you do this for a living (full one job) then all of the above is integral to your livelihood, but if you don’t, take a step back and look at yourself.

You are stressing over why people didn’t view your latest post or you are desperately looking for a reason as to why they did. You check your Bloglovin account daily to see if you’ve had any new followers and heaven forbid there’s an unfollower, your day is ruined. 

You take to Twitter and spam anyone who has shared or asked for links in the hope to see a page view, an interaction, a blog or social media following increase. Guys, just an FYI, we CAN see your spam, especially when it’s all over my timeline. Although I do find it quite amusing to scroll down your profile and see the same copy and pasted message 50 times over. Well done on hitting 1,500 followers there, I think about 10 of them have returned to your blog more than twice, and how many actually interact? What is the point in having these ‘followers’ if they don’t read your content and interact with it? To look good, it’s ALL numbers!

It’s as if some of us join in chats purely so we have a right to spam our link at the end. Yes, getting recognition for what you do is amazing, we all know just how long it can take from thinking of an idea to finally hitting that publish button. 

I’m all for a share of a link/new post. I use HootSuite most days and find my views are higher than when I don’t. But that doesn’t mean than on days I don’t use it, I have a mental breakdown as my views are low. If you don’t blog for two weeks, your views are probably going to fall, please don’t make that the sole reason you churn out crap content on a daily basis. Quantity isn’t quality is a saying I hear so often and it isn’t true, there are some amazing bloggers who post daily who have amazing content, but if you aren’t 100% happy with a post and want to get it up because you need views/followers – delete it. 

I’m not saying everyone is like this, but I think it’s nice to sit back and if you have no inspiration for a week and your followers/visits/interactions drop – who cares? You should be blogging for you, not so you have some snazzy looking stats to send over to PRs to try and bag yourself some freebies.

Blog because you want to, because you enjoy writing, because you like taking photos, because you want to interact with people with similar interests. Blog like you don’t care, write your opinion and don’t worry about what others think. Blogging is all about healthy discussion and being able to write engaging content to create that discussion, that should be the aim, not to reach 1,000 ‘followers’ who only followed you because you followed them.  Well done for spamming your link and follow for following your way to blogger celebrity status…

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YouTubers Signing Up To Vessel



In all honestly, I’m not sure when this was announced or whether it’s hit the UK but surely this is some form of exploitation? 

In a nut shell, Vessel is a subscription service (think Netflix) that allows you to view videos 72 hours before they are uploaded to YouTube (or other video websites). Of course, there is a fee, I think around $3 a month? Correct me if I’m wrong, I haven’t researched this too much, but from what I have read the idea of it made me so angry! 

In my opinion this is a sketchy business plan, the primary audience for popular Gleam YouTubers such as Zoella and PointlessBlog are young teenagers. A vulnerable, hard to reach audience which YouTube  has done a great job of targeting. These YouTubers are already paid thousands of pounds to promote brands, so why would they sign up to Vessel and expect their dedicated subscribers to PAY to watch their amazing videos early… It’s all about the £££, clearly.

This target market have no disposable income, except what they can get off their parents, which makes it even worse. They are heavily influenced by what these YouTube sensations say, and are likely to bug their parents until they fork out for the subscription. It may be a strong word, but it’s exploitation, all for some extra £££.

They go on about how much they ‘love’ their viewers. So they should, they would be nobodies without them, surely the least they can do is let them watch their videos for free? YES, They can watch them for free anyway but WHY should someone have to pay for the ‘privilege’ of seeing their videos a couple of days early? 

Let’s be honest, the bigger these YouTubers get, the less they upload. And they are so heavily constructed and planned it’s painful to watch, anyone else fed up of  some YouTube videos basically being long adverts? 

They need to make a living, yes I agree. But they are making a pretty decent living, with Zoella and PointlessBlog recently moving into a £1 million house… Surely the line needs to be drawn somewhere?

All in all, this is beyond a joke and it’s got to the point where their influence is so huge, I’m sure millions of young teenagers wouldn’t hesitate in getting their parents to pay for Vessel. Their income would significantly increase but don’t YouTubers earn enough? Even if they don’t, I don’t think this is an ethical business move and I think it’s an insult to the subscribers that gave them their fame if they sign up to this. 

I’d be embarrassed if I signed up to Vessel and was exploiting thousands of young teenagers, because it is exploitation.

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Are Youtubers Celebrities?

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If you are a fan of a certain group of YouTubers, you’ll be well aware of the ‘big announcement’ made a couple of months ago. Zoella and Pointless Blog, who have several MILLION Youtube subscribers between them moved out of their Brighton flats into a house together. They’ve even got themselves a pet pug!

OK, so this may not be THAT exciting for you and me, but there were a lot of people who were pretty sure it was the best news of the year. Pictures have since circulated online of their house. The 5 bedroom.. well, mansion in Brighton is an amazing looking build. So it should be for around a million pounds, right?

Whilst I won’t go into the fact that they are spending a MILLION pounds on a house whilst in their twenties, highlighting just how influential these youtube sensations are (fair play to them). I will go into the media sharing photos of said mansion in Brighton. Zoella has already said she needs to have gates to ensure fans stay out, just like any other celebrity right?

My question – should they have been shared online? In all honesty, everyone deserves their privacy and its not nice for anyone to have teenagers camping outside your house. Well I imagine it isn’t favourable, can’t say I have many hiding in the bushes over the road from my house. A lot of people see them as normal people, which of course they are but they are a celebrity.

See, that’s the thing, they are celebrities now and whilst they may have loved sitting in the comfort of their homes talking to their cameras from their bedrooms, those days are gone. I mean of course they still film from their bedrooms, or one of the 5 anyway… But with followers and fame comes sacrifice. For a lot of celebrities, people knowing everything about you is that sacrifice. All sorts of photos and stories reach the media and you have little or no control over it.

Zoella and co don’t necessarily have a stand out talent or skill but in my opinion they’ve been in the right place at the right time. As this type of medium developed they had the first mover advantage, if you like, and brands took advantage of that new form of Marketing. The fact that their target market is one that that is traditionally found quite difficult to reach, made their proposition even more glamorous. Hundreds of videos and millions of subscribers later – they’ve become modern day celebrities (whether we like it or not…)

Should Zoella’s house pictures have been leaked? No, of course not. But they’re celebrities now (Zoella is on the Great British Bake off Celeb edition don’t you know), and they can’t expect anything less. Now, I’m off to get myself a pair of binoculars and a ticket to Brighton…

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Review / Fifty Shades of Grey

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On Friday night I went to see Fifty Shades of Grey with my boyfriend. I was quite happy to go alone as I couldn’t find anyone who wanted to see it, but I think he was intrigued as to what all the fuss was all about so he tagged along. 

Does it live up to the hype? I think it depends on a) whether you have read the books and b) what you were expecting. If you’ve read the book you understand the small things that aren’t shown in the film, and why Christian is the way he is. This won’t be shown until the next film but I think it’s good to have the context. My boyfriend made the comment ‘Christian is sick’, which is probably true to someone taking it at face value, without reading all thee books – but we know the reason behind the behaviour. Some of the scenes translate to some really awkward scenes on screen but I just think it emphasises the niavety of Anastasia. 

There has been a lot of hate for the film, even before it’s release, commenting on how the film is showing an abusive relationship and is a danger to impressionable young women. Firstly, everything in the relationship is consensual. The relationship Christian outlines may not look healthy to the majority of people, but it works for all parties involved and they agree to all aspects of it. Just because it isn’t healthy for you, doesn’t make it unhealthy for everyone else. Christian asks Anastasia multiple times if she is OK with it, telling her she can leave, but she choses not to.

We start to see that the relationship with Anastasia changes the dynamics of Christians usual relationship, to the extent that he relaxes on the contract and just wants to be with her, with some form of ‘rules’ of course – but even if this wasn’t the case, there is nothing wrong with the relationship, after all it is fiction anyway…

If you are expecting porn, go online and watch some as this isn’t for you. Expect some pretty intense sex scenes, a lot of boobs and Jamie Dornan looking mighty fine. Although he isn’t my Christian Grey he plays the part really well. Dakota Johnson is also amazing and the chemistry the two have is unreal. 

If you do go and watch it be prepared for the fact you’ll have to see the next films, it ends of a pretty big cliff hanger, which I suppose is pretty frustrating, but it’s the same as the books – roll on the next film.

Would I see it again? Yes, so if anyone is looking for someone to go with, I’ll be there! If you don’t like the idea of Fifty Shades of Grey, don’t read/watch it just so you can have an opinion, spend your time doing something constructive. There are plenty of books that actually promote/discuss rape, murder etc – so why aren’t they under the limelight when brought to the big screen? Why do we all seem scared of anything other than ‘vanilla’ sex? The film is an 18, not a PG!

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Spring ’15 Fashion Wish List

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As soon as Spring fashion lands on the high street I’m lusting over classic navy and stripes. I’m also in the market for some new gym shoes and I adore these patterned ones from Nike – regardless of the huge price tag!

Nike Free Black Violet Print //  Black Felt Fedora // Black Knee Ripped Disco Pants // Long Sleeve Wrap Front Sleeve Blouse // Lovely Motif Tee // Stone Draped Trench Coat // Long Sleeved Stripe Top.

What are your Spring wardrobe staples?

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Fragrance Direct: Top Picks

I’ve been using Fragrance Direct for years and have loved seeing it grow into something that stocks decent high end make-up at a discounted price. If  you know what shade you are in a particular foundation, why go to a counter to buy it when you can save a couple of quid online? It’s also a great excuse to add extra to your basket!

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If I’m after a MAC lipstick, I always check Fragrance Direct to see if they have it. They currently have a collection MAC lipsticks in stock and I’m trying not to add 5 to my basket. They’re £13.99 saving yourself £1.51, not a huge saving but try an find MAC lipsticks cheaper… it’s hard!

I’d say that around 80% off my Essie collection has come from FD. Why pay £7.99 when you can get them for £2.49? They have some amazing shades in at the minute, I need Vested Interest in my life!

If you are lucky, you can sometimes get a good deal on Real Techniques brushes on Amazon. But if you can’t and you want to buy them anyway – FD have a huge selection and you can save up to £2 in the process.

I’ve heard loads of amazing things about HD Brows and Fragrance Direct have their Powder Base Foundation for £3.99 – a huge saving of £21.95!

I love Rimmel Foundations and their Lasting Finish foundation is £4.99 – saving £3. If you are looking for a new foundation, it makes sense to pay less than you have to, right?

I’m a huge fan of shadow sticks, they’re so easy to apply and blend. I’ve read some really good reviews of the Revlon Colorstay Shadowsticks – a massive saving of £6 means they’re just £1.99. I’ll take one in every colour way please!

Maybelline mascaras are raved about in the blogosphere and you can save £2.74 on The Rocket Volum Express Mascara at FD – be careful not to end up with 5 different mascaras in your basket like I usually do…

L’Oreal Lipsticks are also a much loved product with beauty bloggers, this Privee Colour Riche Lipstick looks like the gorgeous everyday nude… need!

If you are a bit of an eyeshadow lover you need the Revlon ColorStay 16 hour Eyeshadow Quad in your life. Only £2.50 and they have so many different shades you won’t be able to pick a favourite.

I got a set with some of the Clinique Anti Blemish Solution is for Christmas and I love it. FD have the Anti Blemish Solutions Gift Set for £12.99 – saving £9! This would make a really nice gift, or if you want to try this stuff for yourself, definitely go for it!

Have you ever placed a Fragrance Direct order?

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