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The Liebster Award

Like most other people who seem to do this I had no idea what it was until I googled it. But the lovely Taylor nominated me for it so I thought it was only right to carry on the chain. I need to blog more often anyway and  this seems like a good start.


If you don’t already know then a Liebster award is for new bloggers so that we all get to know each other better, quicker. The blogger who nominates you sets you 11 questions which you answer, and then you nominate another 11 bloggers and create a set of 11 different questions for them to answer. Easy peasy! Here were Taylor’s 11 questions for us to answer:

1. What is your favourite season and why?
Spring. While I love the highs and lows of Summer and Winter, I’m terrible when it gets too hot or too cold. It makes me antsy and unhappy and generally Spring is a really happy medium. I’m enjoying the weather at the moment, warm enough for dresses but not so hot I can’t sleep at night, with a little rain to break up the days. It’s perfect.
2. If you could only have one beauty product, what would it be?
Concealer. I have hideous under eye circles.
3. What is your earliest memory?
There are so many videos of me as a child that I can’t discern what are memories and what I’ve been shown on a television. I do remember being locked in a toilet when I was four though, and my nan calling the fire brigade to get me out. Wouldn’t travel in an elevator for a good few years after that traumatic experience.
4. If you could be anywhere in the world right now other than where you are, where would it be and why?
New York. I think it’s my favourite place I’ve ever been too and I know that I’d be having an amazing time, shopping in the day and going to the theatre in the night.
5. What is your favourite pastime? 
Theatre. Not entirely sure if this is a pastime, but I love going to the theatre, I love performing in shows. I’m in a production of Richard III next week that I’m really excited about and I just can’t imagine my life without it.
6. If you have any, who are your favourite YouTubers?
Tanya Burr, Zoella and Superfruit
7. What is your most precious possession?
My grandmas rings that I wear on an almost daily basis. I don’t know what I’d do if I thought I’d lost those.
8. What is your current favourite perfume?
Princess by Vera Wang. And oldie but a goodie, I’ve been wearing it all the time of late.
9. If you have one, what is your favourite film?
Despicable Me. Maybe. I love rom coms but this is one of those films I can watch over and over and it never fails to brighten my day.
10. Who is your idol?
Judy Garland. The most gorgeously talented woman I have ever known, she has been who I wanted to be for as long as I can remember. My mum brought me up on old musicals and when it wasn’t Ginger Rogers, I wanted to be Judy.
11. If there was one thing you could change about yourself, what would it be?
My laziness. I think I could achieve all the things I set my mind to if I could just bring myself to get out of bed and do them.

The Bloggers I wish to Nominate are:

Tiffany Meghan Hannah Ellie Silhouettes of Style Amy Aubri Louise Stacy Chloe and Kaitlin

My 11 questions for you to answer are:
1. What was the last thing you bought from a clothing store?
2. What’s your favourite book?
3. If you could only wear one make up look for the rest of your life what would it be?
4. If you only had time to do your hair or your make up which would you choose?
5. What’s your favourite scent?
6. Who’s your fashion idol?
7. Do you have any/would like to get any tattoos?
8. Which skincare product could you not live without?
9. What was the last gig you went to?
10. If you weren’t blogging what would you be doing?
11. What’s your favourite website?

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Fresh Faced to Fight Cancer: A Reflection

cancer selfie

You’ve probably been seeing these beat cancer selfies all over the internet recently. I did mine a while back on facebook, but I thought I’d post it here as well to further raise awareness!


Over six days an enormous £8 million was raised for Cancer Research UK by this wonderful campaign.  Cancer is a disease that affects so many lives and the work needed to eradicate it still needs so much money. I have had family members affected by cancer and in fact I know very few people who can say that it has not affected their lives in some way.

There are those that will tell you that donating to cancer charities is a waste of money, that pound for pound, more good is done in relieving poverty, hunger, malaria, AIDS etc. And while this is indisputable and while these are good causes also, we need to be feeding money back into research if we are to hope that things will get better.  I wish everything could get better but it can’t, not in this current state of affairs.

I wish I was better at giving to charity. I picked up a £30 playsuit from River Island a couple of weeks ago and I absolutely love it, but do I need it? Absolutely not. There are people dying of hunger for goodness sake, how do we live like this? According to USAID $10 can feed a family of six for two days, so my overpriced please of fabric could give roughly thirty hungry people a whole days worth of food. But did that stop me from buying the playsuit? No. Do I feel guilty? For the most part no. It should be disgusting, we should all be disgusted at ourselves, but we aren’t.

I’m not a psychologist, I’ve never studied psychology or sociology so I can’t tell you any of the reasons why. I can’t tell you why we’re allowed to grow up in this heartless culture of consumerism and not one person, not one faction has gained the support to stand up and contest this hideous way of life. I’d imagine you’ve seen the hunger games (hopefully you’ve read it, but that’s not the point right now), well think about how the people in the Capitol make you feel. Think about it, because 99% of people reading this are not too dissimilar from those blissfully ignorant fools the novel so delicately depicts.

According to Hope Africa, AIDS turns a child into an orphan every 14 seconds. According to World Hunger the world produces roughly 2720 kcal of food per person per day (the RDA is 2000/woman and 2500/man) and yet around 870 million people suffer from undernourishment. The shocking statistics go on and on and on. I don’t know how we let it happen. And I’m certainly not here to preach about the issue, I am as much a part of a problem as you are. But it’s 2014, how haven’t we got to a point where we recognise that all humans are fundamentally equal? How are we still clinging to these foolish notions of state sovereignty and national identity. What is it going to take to bring us together? Yes our cultures are gloriously different but they come closer every day and our genetics are the same. We are citizens of the world and we owe ourselves that title. We owe it to those who aren’t empowered enough to use it.

But at the end of the day when I’ve wrapped up this blog post am I going to sell all my material possessions and travel far away to live the life of poverty I deserve? No. Am I going to return that River Island Playsuit? No. And that’s all you need to know about the sad state of the modern world, really.

So raise awareness about Cancer, raise awareness about poverty and hunger and AIDS and all the things you are about, but I think what I’m really saying here is something that I’ve come to know only recently. Just be grateful. For every small thing, for every victory and all the things you’d forgotten that you need to be grateful for. It’s easy to forget and I don’t ever want to forget again.


Cancer Research UK || Checking for Breast Cancer || Guardian Article

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