Monday, 31 August 2015

Mallorca Island Tour


During my holiday in Mallorca, I went out for the day and I did an island tour with my grandparents to get to know a little more about the fascinating surroundings. I can honestly say that it was one of the most incredible experiences of my life, and although it was expensive, it was worth every second.

We started off the day by getting picked up at our hotel by a coach. We had a tour guide, who's name was Brigitte (I believe) and the idea was that she was going to be taking us to various tourist locations throughout the day and talking us through the whole experience.

After picking us up from Cala Bona, the coach started picking up other t9ourists from various other hotels in places such as Porto Cristo and Cala Millor. This took quite a while, but after the stop-off's, we had all our families on board and we were ready to start our super exciting adventure!

We drove through Cala Ratjada, Manacor, and Sineu and other places along the way, admiring the sights whilst we drove around. There was plenty of agriculture, natural goods, such as olive trees and cereals and plenty of space for people to grow their own crops. Brigitte told us that workers start very early in the morning and they carry on for many hours of the day. That shows how much dedication the Spaniards put into their jobs.

After that, we stopped off in Inca at a leather store to look at all the handmade items. There were so many different bags, wallets, purses, shoes, and clothes. It was honestly wonderful and you could really smell the leather, as soon as you walked through the door. It was quite a large store, and there was such a variety of things that you could have chosen from, but we didn't have enough time to look properly.


The Sa Calobra road was created by Antonio Paretti, but trust me when I say it isn't for the faint hearted! At times, it feels like you are literally going to fall right off the edge, but the views are absolutely incredible. Imagine how long it must have taken to build.. It's absolutely insane, right?
Then we went up through the mountains where there was a lot more agriculture (it's a massive thing in Mallorca!), greenery and terraced housing. It was all so lovely, and it made such a refreshing change from somewhere so manufactured such as England. The terraces are known as dry terraces, especially due to the vast amounts of olive trees that are in the area. Olive oil and olives are known to be the gold of Mallorca.

There are a lot of private properties with fences , because there may be sheep and goats in the area, and if there are a lot of hiking trails that take place there, this could have a negative effect on the local animals, hence why the hikers have a special wooden ladder to go up.
There are also cyclists who go up the mountains for the variety of landscapes.
In the centre of the island, there are plenty of houses and properties, and in Inca, there is a lot of nature, and a variety of different landscapes, as I just mentioned. It's all very much organic, so you get a lot of greenery, rather than manmade buildings that can give off pollution that harm the atmosphere. There is also a forest through the mountains, which is considered to be holy, but I didn't quite hear all the details of that, and I don't want to say the wrong things, so I'll leave you to research that one if you wish to find out more!

We also passed the Lluc monastery in the Tramuntana mountains, and although I couldn't see too much, as I was on the other side of the coach, the views that I could see looked honestly spectacular.
This particular monastery that we passed is Mallorca's holiest shrine and it has been around since 1229. How incredible is that?!

The next area that we passed was Sa Calobra, after admiring the Torrent de Pareis narrow canyon, which was also an incredibly breath-taking experience! It's typically a boating port, with a row of little restaurants and cafe's alongside it. 
 
We were then allocated an hour or so for a lunch break and a chance to look around Port de Soller, which I couldn't wait for! We were truly exploring the sights - I felt like such a little tourist! I got an ice cream, which was proper, rich chocolate with little chocolate flavoured flakes in it and I ate it on the wall, overlooking the port. I also had a look in a little souvenir shop below a restaurant and I bought some little souvenirs; an intricate fan with a map and little images of Mallorca, a postcard of Soller, and an ornamental butterfly. Who visits a new place without buying any souvenirs?!
 

After that, we walked down what seemed like 1 million and 1 steps to get to the boat. The views of the sea and the mountains on the way up were absolutely incredible, so I guess that kind of made up for it! Once we had boarded the boat and everyone had settled, then off we went!
It was honestly beautiful, although you could only see cliffs and pure sea, but it was ever so rough and bumpy, which I must say I wasn't a fan of at all! At least we made it safely to the shore though!
 


Once we had got off the boat, we realised we had arrived at Soller. My grandparents had been there before, and after the stories they had told me, and the images I saw, I was so desperate to take a look for myself! I can honestly say I was not disappointed in the slightest. I had a drink in a café whilst looking around and waiting for our tour guide to meet us and it was honestly like nothing I've ever seen before. I was quite literally blown away by the whole experience, if I'm honest.

Then, after a 30 minute delay, our old-fashioned tram arrived! I was so excited and intrigued, as I had never even seen one before, let alone been on a real-life one. It was very packed and crowded, and everyone was very hot and flustered, and I couldn't see much as I was crammed up against the tiny slither of window, but it was a wonderful, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity none-the-less. We went through the town and past the breath-taking beach, and we also came very close to the little market stalls selling handmade, unique goods and fresh, handmade cupcakes! It was so lovely!
Soller really is such a beautiful, little antique village and I would have loved to have spent longer there.

Once we had gotten off the tram, we went straight onto the train. Just like the tram, it went at quite a slow, steady pace, so people could really relax, sit back, take photographs and enjoy the ride. I couldn't see too much, or get many nice pictures, as I was on the wrong side of the train (there weren't as many pretty sights, or decent photo opportunities that I could capture on my side!), and I wasn't quick enough anyway, but it was such a lovey experience. It went through 13 tunnels altogether, and we saw many mountains, hills and fields along the way. I really did enjoy it, although I didn't see as much as I would have liked too! I would definitely do something like this again though!

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Tuesday, 25 August 2015

My Travel Bucketlist

(This is my own image from Lanzarote last year!)

There are so many places that I wish to visit in the world. I decided to make this travel bucket list, so that one day I may be able to look back and tick them all off!

01. Australia

 
 
I have been wanting to go to Australia for quite a while now. Everything about the entire country fascinates me, and makes me want to visit even more. I would most like to visit the Great Barrier Reef and Bondi Beach. I would like to travel across the East coast first, after seeing a YouTuber do a video all about it, and the best places to go! It seems like such a perfect, touristy place to go!
 
02. America
 
 
Isn't this just a classic on anyone's bucket list? I think that America is such a cool, quirky place, which is all the rave nowadays! I would most like to visit Florida, California and Los Angeles! There are so many incredible attractions and I couldn't really think of a cooler place to go either!
 
03. Italy
 
 
I truly think that Italy is one of the most beautiful, breath-taking places in the entire world. I already love Italian food as it is (pizza and pasta are the best!) and from what I've seen on Google images and YouTube, it truly is incredible. It looks like one of those places that would be exactly my style. I love the cute, little villages and all the markets and stunning views. I honestly wish I could go there right now! It's so romantic and beautiful. I just love it, and that's without even going there! I would particularly love to visit Positano, Rome and Venice. The villages seem so quant and gorgeous!
 
04. The Maldives
 
 
Isn't The Maldives just your idea of absolute paradise? It looks so peaceful and so relaxing that I wouldn't be surprised if everyone wanted to go there! I think it would be such a lovely, tranquil place for a honeymoon, or something like that! I love this image too! Look at the gorgeous sea, and the sweet little huts!
 
05. Amsterdam
 
 
 
One of the ideal places to go for a cute, little city break would be Amsterdam. It's such a quaint, little place and I think it's so peaceful and traditional. It seems so peaceful and romantic! I mean, who wouldn't want to go there? I would love to travel around all the little cities in the world.
 
What is your favourite place you have travelled? What is on your bucket list?
 
Lots of love,
 
Jade  
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Saturday, 22 August 2015

Lifestyle: 15 Of My Favourite Feelings

 
1. Going to sleep on Christmas Eve - All of the excitement is just so overwhelming!
2. Waking up on Christmas morning - I always feel like a little kid when it comes to Christmas time, but I honestly do love it so much and I always create so many lovely memories
3. Laughing about with your loved ones - There is nothing better than spending time with your loved ones and making jokes, or laughing around with them!
4. Making other people happy - I always try to make others happy and when it pays off, it's such a heart-warming feeling
5. Receiving compliments/praise - This may sound a little vain, but everyone likes receiving compliments, right?
6. Going on a summer holiday - The excitement that leads up to travelling is honestly so incredible. Everything from the packing, to the aeroplane taking off, to arriving in the hotel!! Eeeeep!!
7. Being on a roller-coaster - I recently went to Southend and I went on some super mad rollercoasters and honestly, it gives me such a buzz and it leaves me feeling so exhilarated and happy!
8. Laying in the sunshine - Although I don't cope with boiling heat very well, I love feeling the sun on my skin and just relaxing in the warmth
9. Chilling out by the beach - The beach/the sea are two of my favourite places in the world, and being able to relax and get some peace away from everyday life is incredible and extremely comforting
10. Sleeping in clean, fresh sheets - I love the smell and the feel of soft, clean sheets when I get into bed
11. Listening to your favourite songs and dancing/singing along - This is one of my favourite things to do, and it makes me feel so happy!!
12. Watching your favourite film, or TV show - This is pretty self-explanatory, right?
13. Messing about in the water on holiday - I love the feeling of water going over my skin.. Is that weird?
14. Hearing other people's inspiring stories - This literally restores my faith in humanity
15. Eating a delicious meal - Nothing compares to eating one of your favourite meals, right?
 
There are many more feelings, but here are a selection of my favourites.
 
Lots of love,
 
Jade

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Thursday, 20 August 2015

Recovery: What Keeps Me Strong

 
Here on my blog, I always try to display positivity, optimism, hope, and strength. There are a number of other messages I try to get across too, but those are the four that I focus on the most. During the recovery process, I really do think that strength is the most important aspect. If you don't have any strength, then how are you expected to pull through the trauma? You would find it near enough impossible!
 
In today's post, I'm going to be sharing some of the things that keep me strong, and that will hopefully inspire, or motivate you to become stronger as an individual too.
 
1. My loved ones. Whilst I was going through some of my toughest battles, I often attempted to seek support through other people that were closest to me. It was difficult, I'm not going to lie to you, but there are always people who care. I know I'm just another person, sitting behind a computer screen, but I'm still a human, just like you! I have gone through terrible suffering in the past, and now I truly believe that I'm a stronger, happier person, because of it. Opening up to people you love can honestly help to change your mind set and enable you to cope a little more, knowing that someone is with you on the journey. There are always people willing to listen, and you should try to open up to those closest to you when you are really struggling. You will be surprised at what it can do. You have to keep trying, and you will then get support. I have a selection of friends and family that I know will always lift my spirits, and listen to my problems, and if you look a little closer, you will find your selection too.
 
2. Hope for the future. Holding onto hope is another incredibly important aspect of the recovery journey. I find that it's a really nice idea if you think of your future, and what you would like to achieve during your lifetime. Think about your dreams, ambitions, wishes. I would like to travel the world, graduate from university, find a career that I genuinely enjoy and earn a decent amount of money from, get married, and then start a family etc. Your dreams could be anything. Make a list of everything that you want to do in your life, whether it be big or small. Then think of all the reasons that you are alive. Your loved ones, helping others, enjoying your passions, making people happy, and so on. It may take you a little while to think, but you must dig deep into your brain, as you will come up with more suggestions than you initially imagined. It's all about positivity and hope!!
 
3. Helping other people. I know this may sound like a cliché, but honestly, one of the main reasons that I feel I am in this world is so that I can help others. Of course, I am alive for other reasons too, but I feel that my biggest passion is to help, and inspire others. To know that I can make just one person smile every day is such an honour to me. I want to change the world, and I try my best each day to make others happy, and inspire them in someway. We are all alive, and breathing for a reason. You may not know your particular reason as to why you are alive, but believe me, no matter who you are, no matter what your background, and no matter what your story, you are alive for a reason, and I am going to try my very best to help each and every one of you realise the reason that is unique to you. I love you all with every piece of me, and I know that you can get through anything in this world.
 
Lots of love,
 
Jade 
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Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Lifestyle: Top 4 Favourite Reads



Reading is probably one of my favourite things to do in my spare time. I have read many books throughout the years and I'm continuing to do so, but I thought that I would share my current favourites. You may find something that floats your boat, who knows?!

The first book that I would like to talk about is Someone Else's Life by Katie Dale. I honestly cannot explain how much I love this book. I don't want to give too much away, but I'm going to be explaining the general storyline to you, in case you are interested in having a read yourself. The main character is called Rosie Kenning and when her mother dies from a terrible disease, her world is turned upside down. But, what if she is grieving for a mother that was never hers? What if her whole life, up until now, was all a lie? It's probably one of the most emotional, heartfelt books that I have ever read and I honestly couldn't put it down - it's incredibly gripping! I can't recommend it enough!

My next favourite book is The Look by Sophia Bennett. The main character is called Ted and at the same time as her being offered a job to sign with a modelling agency, her older sister Ava is diagnosed with cancer. What will happen? Will she have to choose between fame and family? Its another emotional read, based around family life and having to make tough decisions.

If you are easily disturbed by sensitive subjects, such as suicide and bullying, then this next recommendation may not be the best book for you. It's probably the most sensitive book out of all of my recommendations, purely because it is centred around a suicide story. I don't really know how to explain the story, so I shall use an extract from an online review, which will hopefully explain it to you. 'Clay Jensen received a parcel in the mail. Inside are seven tapes. When Clay presses `play', he hears a voice he never thought he'd hear again. Hannah Baker. She committed suicide. And those who are sent the tapes had some part in her death. But... it's got to be a joke, right? Some cruel, twisted practical joke. There's no way Clay had anything to do with Hannah's suicide. He barely even knew her... But how can he handle not knowing? So he does as Hannah says. He presses play, and he listens. What he hears will change him. Forever...' You may want a box of tissues for this one and I wouldn't recommend reading it all in one sitting, as it can be quite heavy, but it's an incredible book.

Last but not least, I recommend How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff. This is probably the most old-fashioned book out of all of them, as it is set quite a few years back and it has a war theme to it. The plot is absolutely excellent and it's written in an understandable, clear way. The only issue would be the punctuation, because there is hardly any at all and so it can be hard to understand at times, but you soon get used to it as the story goes on and you find that there is limited punctuation for a reason. It's a moving novel, and it's been a bestseller too, so you know that it's worth the read!

Which book seems the most appealing to you? Have you read any of them before?

Lots of love,

Jade

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Saturday, 15 August 2015

Travel: Carry On Essentials


As most of you are now aware, (if you saw my recent travel post) I'm going to be in Majorca from the 13th of August - 27th of August! I'm not going to be blogging and posting when I'm away, but I will still have content going up, so nothing will have changed for you! I thought that I would share my carry on essentials with you today, as it will hopefully help you if you have an upcoming holiday.
If you are going away anywhere, then I hope you have a super wonderful time and you get a nice tan!

Items pictured:

  • Sunglasses case
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera charger
  • Digital camera
  • Headphones
  • Kindle
  • Tangle teezer
  • Magazine
  • Light-weight Book
Not pictured:

  • Tickets and passport
  • Phone
  • Phone charger
  • Tissues
  • Purse
  • Chewing gum
  • Pain relief tablets
  • Hair clips and bobbles
When you are packing your carry-on bag, you have to be careful with what you take, as airports can be incredibly fussy. The reason that I don't take any makeup, toiletries, sprays, food or drink is because when you go through security, it will quite often get taken off you and I don't think that it's worth the complication. If you wish to take makeup, or any toiletries, then you should pop them in a clear, plastic bag so that they don't spill out everywhere and you don't get in trouble. You have to buy food and/or drink after you go through security, or that will add more complications to your experience as well. I think of my carry on bag as my 'easy-access' bag. It's the rucksack that I'm going to be keeping nearest to me in the room, as I can get the things I need the most more easily. I am also going to be putting my phone charger, my teddy bear and my phone in there, but I couldn't fit them into the picture! If you get bored easily, then I would recommend buying cross-word puzzle books, or taking an iPod, or something to distract yourself and pass the time more quickly. I have put my camera and my chargers in there, as I will need these things every day, and it will save me the hassle of rummaging around in my heavy case every two seconds. Once you get to your room, you can keep snacks and drinks in there too, if you wish. Obviously you get your passport and flight information etc., but my mum has to keep all of that together in her bag! Just use a medium-sized backpack/handbag to keep all of your necessities together in one easily accessible space.

What are your top travel essentials? Are you off anywhere nice this summer holiday?
 
Lots of love,

Jade





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Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Beauty: Top 5 Makeup Brushes

 
Makeup brushes are a vital part of your everyday makeup routine. Without proper, good quality brushes, your makeup will not look the best that it can be. All of the brushes that I am going to be talking about today are by Real Techniques. If you are unaware of the brand, it was created by Sam & Nic Chapman, also known as pixiwoo on YouTube. They are two of the best makeup artists in the UK and they have an incredibly large online audience. If you would like to know more about the overall range, then you can visit their website, or their YouTube channel, where I'm sure you will find more information!
 
 
 
Firstly, I'm going to be talking about the Real Techniques 'Buffing Brush', which is part of the core collection. I find this brush works the best at applying foundation and really working it into the skin to create an even, flawless coverage. When I apply any product using this brush, there is never any creasing, so I know that it's working well. I also use this brush to apply concealer under my eyes, or in any flawed areas and it works equally as well with those issues too. I find that it works perfectly, regardless of the product, whether it be a full coverage foundation, a BB cream, a CC cream, or a concealer. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a proper, professional quality base brush.


 
For powder-based products, I use the Real Techniques 'Blush Brush', which is described as being used to 'contour, define and shade'. I use this brush whenever I wish to apply bronzer, blush, or powder to my face, without doing so too heavily. It blends the products fantastically, the bristles are incredibly soft and 100% cruelty free, as are all brushes from the entire collection and it achieves high definition results. Seeing as the brush is quite large, it means that if you are applying powder to a wider area of your face, you are guaranteed to still receive full coverage, as the bristles can expand to all the areas and distribute the product evenly. I find it works best with applying powder through your t-zone, as it ensures that every area is reached, but as I mentioned, it is perfect for all type of face makeup.


Next up, I use the Real Techniques 'Setting Brush' for highlighter, if I ever wear it! I would also suggest using it for powder under the eyes, or in smaller areas of your face, as it would reach easier than the blush brush, which is quite large and dense in comparison. It ensures that there is a controlled dusting of the product over your face and it helps to create a glowing complexion.


For my eye makeup, I start off by using the Real Techniques 'Shading Brush', in order to apply the base of my eye shadow. Whether it's a powder, or a cream formula, this brush always applies the product in the most flawless way. I find that it packs on colour really well, rather than blending the product, because it's a flat brush, not a blending brush. It's hand cut, designed for precision results, so that you can get the highest definition look possible. You can use it to cut in a crease, or push the shadow onto the lid and it can be used to create a neutral, daytime look, or a dramatic, night-time look.




 
Finally, I use the Real Techniques 'Base Shadow Brush' to blend all of my eye shadow looks properly. It's the perfect brush for getting into the crease and ensuring that all of the shadow is looking it's best. In one of Samantha Chapman's demo video's, she uses this brush to blend the top line of her eye shadow looks. It helps to demonstrate an effortless, flawless finish to all of your makeup styles.
 
 

I hope that this post helped some of you! What are your favourite makeup brushes to use?

Lots of love,

Jade
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Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Travel | My Toiletry Essentials


 Hello everyone! I'm not sure if any of you are aware, but I'm actually going on holiday to Majorca for 2 weeks on the 13th of August! Over the next few days, I'm going to be packing my suitcase and my carry-on bag, so I thought that it would be a nice idea for me to share what I'm taking with you.
I won't be blogging whilst I'm away, but I will be filming and photographing the whole thing and I will have scheduled posts that will go up whilst I'm away, so you won't be missing out, don't worry!

Skincare & Bodycare



For my cleanser, I'm going to be taking the Clean & Clear 'Deep Action Cream Wash' (the oil free version). It's really important for me to take an oil free face wash on holiday, because it's going to be incredibly hot and I don't want to look like I have an oily saucepan face, where you could cook a fry-up on it! This face wash is perfect for deep cleaning pores and controlling all the shine!



The next two products are both from Lush and so I'm going to be talking about them together. The toner that I'm going to use is the 'Eau Roma Water'. It helps to naturally hydrate sensitive skin, without involving any harsh chemicals and it really refreshes lethargic, sweaty skin. I think that it will be perfect during my holiday as I will be oilier, so it will cool me down and revitalise my appearance.

Once a week, I plan on using the 'Mask Of Magnaminty' face mask. This is probably my holy grail skin care product, as it really does work wonders on my skin. It improves the quality of your skin, reduces the appearance of blemishes, softens the skin and just generally improves the overall look of your face! I honestly couldn't recommend it enough - it's a god send! You need to go and buy it!

 
 
My moisturiser of choice is the 'Garnier Moisture Matte+ For Combination To Oily Skin.' I haven't used it yet, as I only just purchased it yesterday, but it's perfect for my skin type and it wasn't at all expensive, so I thought that I would try it out, as I need to control my oil and mattify my face as much as possible anyway.
 
 
 
'Creamy Madly Dreamy' is the body lotion that I'm going to be taking. I'll have to shave my legs to make sure that I stay in tip-top condition or my holiday, but then my legs may get dry and so I think it's important to have a light body moisturiser to ensure that I'm as soft as I can be! It smells really lovely and it makes my legs and my arms the smoothest that they have ever been!  
 
 
As far as deodorant goes, I'm going to be taking the Soft & Gentle '24hr Protection' in the scent 'Orange Blossom & Grapefruit'. It has to be a compressed can, because it has to fit in my toiletries bag! This one doesn't leave any white marks and it smells quite nice, so as far as I'm concerned, it does the job just fine!
 
For hair wash, I'm going to be using an anti-dandruff 2-in-1, as I'm not too fussed about shampoo and conditioner. It keeps my hair clean and it smells quite refreshing, so it works fine for me. Seeing as it's a mini 2-in-1, it takes up less space too! I think that it would be a good option for travelling anyway.
 
I'm also going to be taking a girlie scented shower gel, by Imperial Leather, which smells like sweet marshmallows! It's really softening and it leaves a lovely fragrance on the skin. What more could you want? It's quite heavy, but it does have to last me 2 weeks and I do like to smell nice at all times!
 
Speaking of smelling nice, I'm also going to be taking a body mist for during the day time when I go out. The one I have chosen to take with me on my travels is the Soap & Glory 'Mist You Madly' spray. It has a really refreshing, summery scent and I think that it's the perfect daytime spray.
 
 

 


To protect my skin, I'm going to be taking after sun to help soothe and hydrate during the evenings, after I have been sunbathing and out in the heat all day. I will, of course, be taking sun cream, but my mum has already packed that and so I'm unable to photograph that, but I'm sure you all know what it looks like anyway! I burn pretty easily and my skin tends to peel too, so after sun really helps to calm down any irritated burns and hydrate my skin too.
 
 
Finally, I shall be taking my Lush 'BubbleGum Lip Scrub'. It helps to exfoliate the lips and remove any dead skin that may be flaking away from the heat. I will then apply a lip balm over the top to hydrate my lips even further. It's so important to keep moisturised when you are in the heat for long periods of time.
 
I will also be taking a razor, for obvious reasons, a toothbrush/toothpaste and girly essentials, but those don't need to be pictured, so I won't be showing them as that is unnecessary anyway!


Haircare


As well as taking my shampoo and conditioner, I will also be taking the Lee Stafford Shine Spray and the Tresemme Heat Defence Spray. The shine spray helps to add extra shine to your hair, hence the name and I feel that it just adds a little something extra to the appearance of your hair! It smells divine too! The heat defence spray is an obvious one, as you always need to protect your hair when using heat products, (that's a given) and I find that this one works just fine for me. It can work whether you're using a hairdryer, straighteners, curlers, or rollers and I would recommend it!

*The checklist I use - http://www.cosmopolitan.co.uk/entertainment/travel/a9624/holiday-checklist-for-girls-104222/ (it's incredibly useful for if you are packing to go on a summer holiday!)

I will have more posts on this series over the next few days, but remember I'm going away on the 13th! I will still be posting, as I said, so I hope you enjoy that, as there will be a variety of posts!

Hopefully some of you may find this helpful! If you are going on holiday anytime soon, then I hope that you have an amazing time and you get a really nice tan, wherever you are off to!

Lots of love,

Jade

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Saturday, 8 August 2015

Beauty | The Beauty Blogger Tag




Hey everyone! This is quite an old tag, but I felt in the mood to do one today, and I came across this one a little while ago, so I thought that I might as well do it, because why on earth not?!
Without further ado, let's jump straight into the questions..

1. Is your hair naturally curly or straight? My hair is actually naturally wavy! It isn't super curly, but it isn't super straight either - it's a bit of both really! So, I guess I would call it wavy then!

2. Do you dye it yourself or go to a salon? I'm actually keeping my hair natural at the moment, because I really can't be asked with dyes and all the rest of it. I have had it done at the salon a couple of times, but I really didn't like it too much after a while, so I just let my mum do it now, as it's better!

3. Do you wear the same style everyday or do you change it? - I feel so boring for saying this, but I usually just wear it down all the time, because I find it the easiest, and quite frankly, I can't be bothered with anything else, as I'd get bored and take it out, or it would eventually fall out anyway!

4. Do you do your own mani/pedi or do you go to the salon? - I rarely wear nail polish, but I usually just do it myself, unless it's a special occasion like a holiday, so I'm getting it down at the nail shop this time!

5. How often do you change your nail polish? - Like I just mentioned, I hardly wear nail polish anyway, but I just change it up if and when I want, depending on when I have time off school!

6. Do you polish your toes in the winter, or just in the summer? Both! :)

7. How long does it take for you to put on makeup? - It depends on the occasion I'm wearing makeup for, but usually between 10-30 minutes!

8. What do you do first? Face or eyes? - I always do my face makeup first!

9. Do you collect makeup, or do you just buy what you need when you need it? - I suppose I do a bit of both? I don't have loads, but I buy the things that I want and I have quite a nice little collection, but I don't usually buy that many new things until I have put the old to good use!

10. How often do you wear false eyelashes? - I haven't ever worn fake eyelashes, and I don't really intend on doing so anytime soon!

11. Do you do a full face of makeup everyday? - Nope, not at all! Most days, I honestly don't even wear any makeup!

12. Do you wear makeup when you're home alone or with family? - No, not really! I never wear makeup when I'm at home really, as there is no point if I'm not going out, but if me and my family are going out somewhere, then I will put some on, depending on the occasion!

13. Will you leave the house without makeup? - Yes, absolutely 100%!

14. How many high-end products do you have? - I only wear Mac lipstick to be honest!

15. Do you plan your OOTD every night or decide when you're getting dressed? - I usually just decide when I'm getting dressed, as it depends on my mood, where I'm going and the weather!

16. How often do you change your handbag? - I usually just keep the same one on whenever I go out, but it really does depend, I guess! I'm not too fussed when it comes to handbags and accessories!

17. What time do you wake up and go to sleep? - I normally wake up anywhere between 10am and 12pm, and I normally go to sleep anywhere from 12:45am to 4am! I can never sleep properly throughout the night, as I'm incredibly restless and wriggly, but I try to rest as much as I can!

18. How often or when do you work out? - I literally never work out! I walk quite a lot, so I am active, but apart from that, I really don't do much exercise at all, except core PE lessons!! (how embarrassing)

19. Left handed or right handed? - Right!

20. How tall are you? - Around 5'6 or 5'7

21. Do you speak any foreign language? - I know a bit of Spanish, German and French!

22. How many pets do you have? - None, but I would really like a puppy!

23. How often are you on Blogger? - As often as I can be - at least once a day!

24. Do you read comments posted on blogs? - Yes, I do sometimes. It depends on how I'm feeling!

25. Do you keep a list of products to try as you see other posts? - Yes! I either have a mental note, or a note in my phone, but of course I do! Who wouldn't?!

26. How did you come up with your blog name? - My friend actually suggested something like Simply Jade, and I found Simply Jadey came to my head, as it had more of a flow to it!

27. What kind of camera do you use for your photographs? - I either use a compact digital Nikon camera or my IPhone camera!

28. How often do you clean your house? - My mum cleans the house!

29. What's your favourite colour? - Purple, specifically Lilac!

30. Do you swear? - I do swear quite a lot, but it's a very bad habit!

31. What are your plans for the rest of the day? - I have no idea yet!

Thank you for taking the time to read this post and I hope you enjoyed it!

Lots of love,

Jade 

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Friday, 7 August 2015

Lifestyle | 10 Things To Do To Be Happier

 
 
Hi everyone! Today's post is going to be about 10 things that you can do to become happier. I thought that this would be a lovely little unexpected post to hopefully brighten your day, or give you some positivity, as we all know that's what I'm about! I hope it helps some of you out, and if it does, let me know!
 
1. Surround yourself with those that you love and care about the most. Those who put your happiness and your wellbeing before their own means that they care about you and value you more than they do themselves. Those are the people that are worth treasuring in your life. The ones who constantly put you down, or make out as if they are better than you should be eliminated. If somebody cares so greatly about you, then you have to hold onto them and remember to never, ever take them for granted.
 
2. Learn ways to relax and manage your stress. Some examples of relaxing may include meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, tai chi, or yoga. Quite often, many people become overwhelmed with their problems, and they can get so stressed out that they find it incredibly difficult to calm down and de-stress afterwards. I think that you should have at least one technique, or distraction that you can always turn to whenever you are in a sticky situation. You could even do something less active, such as reading, or having a pamper evening! It's totally up to you, but when things seem as if they are all just building up, you should definitely consider managing those feelings.
 
3. Find a creative outlet. This links nicely to my previous point! I would suggest that you should also find a creative outlet. There are many different examples, such as; dance, music, painting, photography, drawing, or writing, but the choice is in your hands. I would say that this is one of the most effective ideas, as it's a productive, enjoyable distraction, and it can help you to become more rational until you are in a more peaceful mind-set.
 
4. Make a playlist of your favourite songs. Whenever you are feeling anything other than elated, you should listen to an uplifting playlist. It can be filled with a couple of your favourite songs that make you feel happy, excited, loved - anything positive really! It will help you to shift your negative mind-set into a positive one, and you can even dance and sing along if you really want too!!
 
5. Smile at 10 people every day. This might sound almost impossible to begin with, but the amount of people that you pass during a day is incredible! Try to smile at anybody that you can, but you should aim for at least 3, if you really can't find anymore. It doesn't mean that they have to smile back, but it will make yourself and them feel better, so it is worth a shot, surely?
 
6. Create a happiness box. You can fill this box with ANYTHING that you would like. I plan on making a box soon (there will be a DIY if all goes well) and I'm thinking of putting things in it like precious, memorable photographs, souvenirs from holidays, or day trips, letters and cards from loved ones, self-help books, any treasured possessions from when you were growing up etc. You then have a physical reminder of ways that you can become happier. Even if it just puts a slight smile on your face, it's worth it!
 
7. Make plans with those you love. I believe that you should always have something to look forward to, not matter how big or small it is. It could be a day out to the seaside with your best friend, a shopping trip with your dad, a movie day with your brother, afternoon tea with your gran - whatever it may be, spending quality time with those you love is incredibly important, and it can work wonders for your wellbeing!
 
8. Focus on loving yourself first. This one may come across as quite self-centred, and maybe even selfish, but it really isn't. It's so important to love yourself. I still struggle with this myself sometimes, but I am getting a lot better, and I do believe that it is something you learn to perfect over time. Be kind to yourself, accept compliments and also give them to yourself, don't be too harsh on the decisions that you make and just put yourself first. You should understand your boundaries, and learn to not be afraid when you are in doubt, or feeling uncomfortable. It's important to love yourself first!
 
9. Spend time in and around nature. Nature is one of the most naturally beautiful things that there is in the world. There are so many man-made things that we get consumed by, yet natural things can be staring right in our faces, which we therefore fail to appreciate. Every so often, we should leave all electronic devices, and just simply take in nature whilst we have the opportunity to do so.
 
10. Talk openly about how you are feeling. If you are going through a particularly tough time, it may be hard to open up and tell people, in fear of being judged, or hated upon. It's so, so important to be able to talk to people about how you are feeling and to open up about what's going on in your head. It can be so beneficial, and although it may be hard at first, you will regret it if you don't!
 
Hopefully this post helped some of you, even if it was only a little bit! This is my weekly dose of positivity that has been spread onto you, so I hope that it has encouraged you to try a couple of these tips, and spread the positivity onto others around you too!
 
Lots of love,
 
Jade 
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Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Beauty | Q&A

 
Hi everyone! I've got a beauty themed Q&A for you all today. I thought it would be nice to do one as I haven't talked about beauty in a while, so this is the perfect opportunity! I hope you like it!
 
1. What's your favourite eye shadow? - @life0ftabby
 
Ooohh, this is a hard one! I'd say that my favourite eye shadow palette is the Soap & Glory 'Lid Stuff' palette in 'What's Nude' as it's the perfect neutral quad, but my favourite single eye shadow's would be from the Maybelline Colour Tattoo range, specifically the shade 'On and On Bronze', as that is the best creamy eye shadow, the shade is incredibly pigmented and it has a really lovely texture too.
 
2. What is your favourite high end and drugstore beauty product? - @life0ftabby
 
I haven't really tried too many high end products, so I would have to say that Mac lipsticks are my favourite, as I don't really know too much about anything else! I particularly like the shade 'Bombshell', and it's the lipstick that I wear the most out of any of the others that I own. It's really creamy and luxurious, whilst still giving off a shimmer and a glossy, rich colour. I absolutely adore it! My favourite drugstore beauty product would probably be the Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara. It's honestly one of the best mascara's that I have ever tried! It makes my lashes extremely black, more voluminous and fuller looking, and it really does elongate them, and improve their appearance in general! It's not expensive either, considering it's a mascara, and I would highly recommend it.
 
3. What makeup products do you use? - @chloexmorrin
 
On a daily basis, I don't actually wear much makeup, if any at all! When I do wear it, the amount of products can vary, but I would usually wear mascara, eyebrow pencil, some neutral eye shadow, a natural looking blusher and a lipstick! I will obviously wear more, depending on the occasion though! If I was going out for a meal, or a party, for example, then I would probably go all out, with foundation, concealer, blusher, bronzer, lipstick, eyebrow pencil, mascara, eyeliner, eye shadow and maybe even highlighter! I try to keep it as minimal as I can, but as I say, it depends on the occasion.
 
4. What skin routine do you do? - @chloexmorrin
 
I wouldn't say that I have a specific skin care routine, because at the moment, I am being quite lazy and careless with my skin, but I try my best to look after it! I wash my face everyday (of course), but the products that I use vary, depending on what I have in the cupboard. At the moment, I'm using the Clean and Clear 'Deep Action Cream Cleanser' and that is a really good one, in my opinion! Their exfoliating scrubs also work incredibly well at combating against oil and blackhead prone areas. In terms of moisturiser, I either use the Nivea 'Daily Essentials Light Moisturising Day Cream', or I just use the Simple 'Anti-Blemish Moisturiser', if I feel the need to moisturise! If I want a deep cleanse, or something that will exfoliate and remove my blackheads/spots, then I use the Lush 'Mask of Magnaminty' face and back mask. It honestly does work wonders. It smells really minty, but I think that makes it more refreshing and satisfying. I just scoop it up and apply it to my face, then I leave it to set, so it's like a hard, clay consistency, and then I just get a wet flannel and carefully take it off after a couple of minutes. It does tingle/burn quite a lot, but afterwards, you are left with the softest, loveliest skin and it really does feel ever so clean and refreshed. I would highly recommend it! If I ever want to make my skin feel more revitalised, then I will use the Lush 'Eau Roma' water, as it cools down your skin and it just helps you to look less oily! I would recommend it for hotter weather.
I don't really use anything else. I'm not going to recommend any wipes, as they are harsh and pretty damaging for your skin, and I have tried quite a few spot treatments, but they don't really work, so I'd just say to use an exfoliating scrub, make sure that you apply a mask once every so often, and always, always wash your face, especially if you have oily skin, and moisturise especially if you have dry skin, but you should really be doing both, regardless of your skin type as it will really help the condition of your skin. I'm so sorry for the long answer, but I really do hope that it helped you!
 
5. What's your favourite time of year (season) for makeup? - @chloexmorrin
 
This is quite an easy answer for me, because I would definitely have to say autumn! I adore the matte berry lips, the bronzed, healthy-looking skin, the coppery, metallic eye makeup - I find it all so appropriate for the season! There is so much more of a variety of looks that you can choose from, in comparison to the warmer months, and you can go as heavy as you would like to as well!
 
 
6. What hair products do you use? (shampoo & conditioner) - @bexxjones
 
For my shampoo, I usually use the Herbal Essences 'Dazzling Shine' shampoo, or 'Fresh Balance', because they both make my hair feel really healthy, and squeaky clean, which is obviously what you want in a shampoo! They also smell really fresh, which is just an added bonus really! As for my conditioner, I use the Toni & Guy 'Nourish' conditioner for damaged hair. I have only just started using this product recently, as I got my hair cut quite short, but it was pretty damaged before, and I had many split ends, so I decided that I would try this one out! It smells absolutely divine, for a start! It makes your hair so super soft, and it really does make it ever so shiny and healthy-looking! If you are looking for a new conditioner, I would definitely suggest using this one! It's absolutely amazing.
 
7. How to make your hair grow thicker or longer? - +Tia HuntXo 
 

I don't have the best hair in the world, but it is pretty thick, and I do try my best to look after it, so I will be as helpful as I can in this answer! I would say that you should try to limit the amount of heat that you use as much as you can. At whatever chance you get, allow your hair to air dry, because this is more natural, and therefore less damage will be done. You should try using nourishing hair masks, specifically for damaged, dry hair, either once every couple of washes, or once a month! This will help to lock in moisture and minimise split ends. You should brush it as often as you can, and get it cut every 4-8 weeks too, in my opinion. I use a tangle teezer, which is so much more gentle on your hair, and it really does do the job perfectly. I get mine cut every half term, or every time I am off school if I can, so that ensures that you have gotten rid of the split ends, and any dry bits of hair. I never use too many products, like hair spray, hair gel, mousse and everything else! I think that you should limit the amount of products you use, and just try to keep it as natural as you can really!
 
8. How to get rid of spots as fast as possible? - @nadiai.xo
 
I'm quite lucky, as I don't really get spots, but I do know how frustrating it can be when a little pesky one pops up at exactly the wrong time! I don't think there is anything that you can do straight away, but you could try those little rapid spot treatments that are available in Boots and Superdrug! Tea-tree and menthol infused products are particularly useful when trying to combat spots. I would also suggest applying an exfoliating scrub, or mask as soon as you can, because the ingredients will help to fight the nastiness in the spots, and they will reduce the appearance quicker too. You could also try applying concealer directly to the spot, and carefully rubbing/patting it in to see if that works! As I said, I'm not the best person to ask, but hopefully some of my tips, and research will help you out!
 
9. How to stay spot free? - +Tia HuntXo 
 
This is similar to the question above, but I thought I'd add it in anyway! As I say, I don't get many spots, and some people are just less prone to spots than others, but it all depends on the way that your skin is naturally. I always use an exfoliating, deep cleansing facial wash, which does really help, and I make sure I really scrub it all over my skin, and I use facial masks to help prevent against spots and oil, but there aren't really any miracle products that you can use. I guess you just have to look after your skin, keep it clean and protect it against the weather, or any harsh conditions! Make sure that you use products suited to your skin type, and you try to use natural, simple products, so that they aren't too harsh on sensitive skin! Make sure that you always remove your makeup too!!
 
10. What makeup style do you like best? - @bexxjones
 
There are a lot of different makeup styles, many of which are absolutely beautiful, but I do have a favourite! I really love smoky eyes! That might sound really cliché, but they honestly are my favourite. I don't like incredibly dark grey/black ones, but coppery/golden brown ones are gorgeous! I prefer really bold, striking eyes that stand out and catch people's attention, rather than a bold lip or face. Although a smoky eye can be quite heavy, you can make them more neutral and they can suit anyone with any eye colour, so they really are the best option, in my opinion!
 
I really hope you enjoyed this beauty Q&A! Thank you so much for reading this post. Speak soon!
 
Lots of love,
 
Jade
 
 
 
 
 

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Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Fashion | All In White


 
 

 





 
Top - Topshop
Jeans - Topshop
Shoes - New Look
Kimono - Topshop
Watch - Next
 

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Monday, 3 August 2015

Recovery | Interview With Gabby




Hi everyone! I recently interviewed my friend Gabby, as part of my 'Recovery' series, and so I thought I'd share the interview with you guys! I hope you find it helps some of you :)


Jade: Hi Gabby! What is it that you are struggling with at the moment then?

Gabby: Well, I have just come out of a phase of deep sadness, and depression, but at the time, I didn't realise that it was that, and I lost a lot from it. I now sometimes get dips, usually at night, and I get very worried and scared that it will happen again.

Jade: That must be very hard to deal with. Do you have any ideas of what may have triggered these feelings?

Gabby: I think it was a mix of things really. I didn't have many friends at school and generally I didn't think life was worth living at the worst of times.

Jade: How do you feel now in comparison to how you felt during that down stage?

Gabby: Well, then I had an urge to cut and also I thought about what would happen if I took my life. Now I don't feel like cutting anymore and I look forward to things in the future. whether it's the near future, or my life when I'm an adult

Jade: Wow! You have come ever such a long way then! Well done for being so strong. How have things changed? Why do you think that you don't want to cut anymore?

Gabby: My friends started to tell me out of the blue that they don't want to be friends with me anymore because I was effecting them too much. I was angry at the time, but I understand where they were coming from. I then worked SO hard to try and overcome it. I was being more positive and started making friends with everyone. I saw the good things in life and now that is my mind-set. I naturally see the good and look forward to the days ahead, so now I don't see the need to harm anymore. As I say "my body is a temple"!

Jade: That's wonderful. Your story is incredibly inspirational, Gabby. What are you hoping to achieve in the near future? Do you have any goals to improve yourself and your mind-set even more?

Gabby: Well, I am massively improving my body by being fit and healthy. I enjoy working out and going for runs and that keeps me happy and helps to clear my head. I also keep a positive thought in my head as soon as I wake up and I want to continue doing that. I want to start letting go of small things more often and control my anger, so I don't get upset and therefore, I will become a happier, stress free person!

Jade: You have certainly come incredibly far on your journey. Very well done to you Gabby! Who, or what would you say has had the biggest influence on you?

Gabby: Thank you! I really appreciate it. Well, one friend from school has been there for me, listened and helped me through everything and also my nan. Even though she doesn't know about what has been happening, her kindness and love never fails to make me happy and she is my inspiration! These stories you hear about worse things that have happened to people and how they have overcome it has made me think that there is always someone worse of than you, and if they can do it, then so can you!




Lots of love,

Jade



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Sunday, 2 August 2015

Beauty | Top Blogs Of 2015




Hello everyone! I have a bit of a random post for you today, but I thought that as something different, I would share with you my top 5 beauty blogs of the year so far. I haven't done a beauty post in quite a while, so I thought that by talking about beauty bloggers, it would be a nicer, more original idea!

http://georgialouisebeauty.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/beauty - The first blogger that I would like to talk about is Georgia Louise. I have been following her blog for a while now, and I'm in love with it! There is always a variety of different posts for you to look at, whether it be reviews, monthly makeup looks, hair care routines, an overview of her makeup bag, or anything else, it is guaranteed to be an amazing read! You can see that she genuinely likes everything that she is talking about too, as she is honest and she goes into a lot of detail about all the products too. Overall, I think she is a wonderful person, and she is a natural blogger, not only for beauty, but for fashion, and lifestyle related posts too.

http://heyitshannaah.blogspot.co.uk/ - A recent blogger that I have come across is Hannah. Her blog is so lovely! All of her beauty posts are clearly structured, and neatly presented, they are pleasing to the eye, the photographs are of excellent quality, and you can see that she puts a lot of time and effort into each and every post. Sometimes she talks about beauty wish lists, other times she does review's on Mac lipsticks, and No7 skin care range's - whatever she is talking about, I always know that I'm going to love it, regardless of what it is! She knows exactly what she's talking about, and every product that she talks about, she includes numerous pictures and goes into depth about it, which I really like. I honestly cannot recommend her blog enough. Go have a read - I know you'll love it!!

http://oohlaluce.blogspot.co.uk/ - Another girlie that I absolutely adore is Lucy! I can't express how much love I have for her blog. Her photography is truly wonderful - you can tell that she is a natural when faced with a camera! Her blog posts aren't too heavy either. She talks about products, but she doesn't go into too much detail and she doesn't smother her posts with thousands of pictures either. She keeps things very precise, whilst still being fascinating and informative about whatever she is showing us. I have spoken to her briefly before, and she is such a lovely, genuine person! I think that she really does deserve more followers than she has got, because she clearly puts in such a lot of hard work, and it really does show.

http://www.perksofbeingami.co.uk/ - Ami's blog is honestly so professional! All of her posts are absolutely incredible, and they are so wonderfully detailed that there is something for everyone to love and learn from as well. The layout of her blog is really eye-catching, but it is still simplistic, so this makes it look even more sophisticated. She knows exactly what she is talking about, and she goes into plenty of detail about everything too, which makes her reliable and lovable! I would definitely urge you to go and check out her blog, and give her a cheeky little follow if she is up your street!

I really hope you enjoyed reading this post! Let me know if you are going to check anyone out!

Lots of love,

Jade
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Saturday, 1 August 2015

Lifestyle | Reflection Of The Past

 
 
Hi everyone!
 
 
I'm going to be doing a little bit of a different post today. Lately, I have felt like my blog is a little too centred on one genre. In my opinion, I find it too advice-based/preachy, so I thought I'd switch it up slightly! One of my favourite things is photography and I literally take photographs wherever I go, trying to capture as many precious memories as I can. Seeing as we are entering into the last few months of 2015, I thought I would do a post reflecting on the year that I have had so far. There will be quite a few pictures, but I will be explaining why I have chosen them, and how they are significant to my year too, so I really do hope that you enjoy it! I will be recapping the first 6 months, then I shall be doing the next 6 when we reach December time! Let me know what you think of this idea in the comments!
 
 
January
2nd January
 
 
This was a selfie taken on the 2nd of January, so it was pretty much the New Year. I thought I'd include this picture, as it symbolises the start of 2015 and it allows me to talk about how I was feeling back then, at the very beginning of the year. I started to write diary entries in the notes section on my phone, and looking back, I can see that I was trying to be very positive, and I had clearly had a really lovely day shopping with my mum. I remember that day quite well, and I know that I was in a particularly happy mood too.
 
 
One particularly important quote to me that I have had saved on my phone since the beginning of the year is the one that I have inserted above. It is honestly one of my favourite quotes ever, and it completely sums up my dreams and ambitions for both now, and the future. I have always had a huge passion for helping people, and giving to others whenever I can, so I feel that this quote really does relate to me. It has also been one of the most significant reasons as to why I started my blog. I do want to inspire people, and blogging does allow me to reach, and interact with, a larger audience, so even though I didn't start my blog in January, this quote in particular encouraged me to make that decision in the following months. It is so important to me that I help others, and that is what I intend on doing.
 
 
February
 
15th February
 
 
When we first started dating, myself and Charlie always used to order a Dominoes pizza whenever we could! We would sometimes go to the shop opposite Dominoes and buy drinks, or whatever snacks we wanted and then we would carry the treats back, possibly pop a movie on, depending on how we felt, and we would just have a relaxing evening together! It's one of my favourite things to do with him, because even to this day, we still order pizza's and watch parts of films together! It reminds me of the days where we first started dating, and I find it really sweet to look back at times like that. 
 
 
March
 
 

23rd March
 
This photo was taken back in March, outside of school, and myself and Charlie (my boyfriend, for those of you who don't already know!) had been together for just over 1 month back then! This particular photo just reminds me of a day where I felt so content with life. I have a video where we are literally just fooling around as we are walking down the road - it's so adorable, yet so hilarious!
Any photo with Charlie in is precious, but I wanted to share this one as I think it is pretty sweet. We hadn't been together that long back then, but you could tell how happy we were with each other, and how comfortable we were in each other's company, and I find it lovely to look back on the early stages!
 
April
 
19th April

 
Another thing that myself and Charlie used to do on a regular basis was go to the woods near his house. Sometimes we would go to the shop and buy sweet treats, and drinks, then we would trek to the woods (we had a particular spot) and eat/drink, then we would explore, resulting in us laughing hysterically as we fell in leafy mounds and stamped on muddy twigs, (real mature, I know!) and being the little model/photographer I am (I am totally joking, believe me..), I would often get Charlie to take pictures of me for my blog/social media, and I would take pictures myself! My wonderful photography is displayed above, in case you hadn't already noticed, which I'm sure you had ;)
I really do think that it is the little things that can have the largest, most positive effect on your life.
Once you become aware of that, you will become to find satisfaction and happiness in pretty much anything and everything!
 
19th April
 
As I just mentioned above, I used to post fashion related things on my blog, (and yes, I would like to introduce that again now that we are in Summer and I'm going on holiday in 13 days - eek!) and here is one demonstration! Even though this is a selfie, I am truly happy here, and I feel I was always at my happiest when Charlie and I used to go on little woodland adventures! We can always be ourselves around each other, and it just never gets awkward, because we know each other so well!
 
11th April
 
In this photo, the caption really does say it all. I honestly don't know how I can even begin to explain my love for this angel. She is, and always will be my very favourite girlie! I have known her for almost 1 year now, but the amount of memories we have had is literally insane! We have been there for each other through absolutely everything, and the amount of times that she has encouraged me, and cheered me up is quite honestly unbelievable. Even though we aren't actually related, I count her as the younger sister that I never had, and I count her mum as a second mum too! She is so confident and bubbly that her positive energy is just infectious, and every time I'm with her, I can't help but feel happy! I really do believe that our crazy sides come out when we are with each other - it's so, so funny! She is my little shining star, and she guides me towards the light, however hard it may be to find in whatever situation I am facing. The love I have for her is unconditional, and I am incredibly lucky to have someone like her in my life. We may sulk, and moan about each other sometimes, and I know that we can wind each other up like crazy, and irritate the hell out of each other too, but that's just what makes our bond even more special and real. I shall love you forever and always, my little Tasty T! (Inside joke there my friends, you would have to be Tia to understand that one, I'm afraid ;))
 
9th April
 
I'm aware that I'm not looking at the camera here, but this is a photo of me and one of my close friends Tara. Whenever we go out together, we always have such a lovely time, because we don't often speak as much as we could during school, and I think that's what makes our friendship, and the time that we do spend together even more special. She is one of the most genuine, loyal people that I have ever met, and one of the most naturally beautiful girls too. At school, there is typically quite a lot of drama, what with relationships, friendship groups, rumours and all the rest of it, but she never gets involved in any of it, and that is something that I admire about her. She doesn't create, or take part in stupid little arguments, she has never really said a bad word about anyone at all, she never gives people dirty looks, or tries to cause problems. I don't know what the word would be to describe her, but I would say that she has a very pure, innocent soul, which not many people do have! I admire her for not doing anything bad, or malicious and despite the fact that she doesn't get involved in all of the drama at school, the group of friends that she does have, she is completely loyal, genuine and lovely to them all. I truly do believe that more people should take a leaf out of this girlie's book. I love you Tara. Keep on staying true to who you are, and don't you ever, ever change for anybody!
 
 

May
 

9th May
 
I took this photo when I was out one day, exploring with my Charlie, Tia and some of our other friends! I snuck off when everyone else was about to play some sort of game, because I wanted to capture some pretty pictures whilst I still had chance! I thought that this one in particular reminded me of something out of a fairy-tale, or a Disney princess film. The way that I got the shot positioned makes the scene appear so magical, and enchanting - I just love it so much! I can envision a princess walking down the path, smelling the delicate flowers, glancing at all the surrounding greenery, waiting for a handsome prince to come galloping along on a horse to sweep her off her feet!
That might sound a little dramatic and airy-fairy to you, but some of you may understand where I'm coming from, and I really hope that doesn't make me sound too ditsy, or crazy! It's the truth though!
 
9th May
 
I thought it would be cute to include a selfie of myself and Tia from the day too! It really has been one of my highlights of the year so far, and I think this one is so sweet! I want to remember all of my happy memories for as long as I can, but don't be too surprised if Tia, and Charlie are in a lot of my photography posts - it's just because I love them both a lot and I want to spend lots of time with them!
 
 


 
June
 
7th June
 
 
Pictured here is another one of my favourite woodland/park spots. When I took this picture, the sunlight was hitting the trees perfectly, and so I think that I captured it at just the right time!
You may not think that it is that fascinating, but it reminds me of a cute, chilled day with Charlie, Tia and Sam (another one of my girl friends!) and I know that it was a memorable day, because I don't even need pictures of them to remember! That's how you know you have got amazing friends ;)
I adore photograph and nature in general though, so I did feel this photo was very appropriate!
 
6th June
 
As I mentioned earlier, don't be too surprised if you see more photos of myself and Tia - we do love taking a good ole selfie! I think that has got to be one of my favourite days ever, ever, ever. It is filled with so many memories that only myself and this girl know, but it's one of those times that you have to be there to understand the memories! Tia knows just what I'm on about! It was honestly so mental. We were literally sitting on a bench for a few hours, just blaring out tunes on her phone, dancing and singing along (screaming deafeningly at some points, I'm sure!) and we were staring at everyone going past in their cars, probably freaking them out more than we realised!! We also met Charlie and his friend later on, which was hilarious too, but they had no idea what we had been up too! I won't talk too much about the memories, as they are pretty much just inside jokes, but let's just say that we were wetting ourselves by the end of the day, and we could just about control ourselves to walk down the street normally! Honestly, I think I shall remember those times until I'm 101 years old, no joke either.
 
7th June
 
I'm going to end on this photo of myself and Charlie. I know it's a bit cheeky, but it isn't too extreme, so I thought that I would include it anyway, as it is actually quite cute! Even though I didn't take this picture, and I don't even think I knew it was being taken (sneaky Tia, ayeee!), I definitely remember that day. There had been a few arguments prior to us being all lovey-dovey as displayed here, but I honestly adore this photo, even though you can't see much and it can seem a little gross for some people. I remember kissing Charlie at that exact moment, and I can remember how strong the love was that I felt for him - it was so strong and overwhelming that I honestly didn't want to stop kissing him! He is my absolute world and more, and I love him so, so much. He will always be precious to me.
 
 
That's all that I have for you today! I shall be posting part 2 of this in December, as I mentioned earlier, but that is all that has happened during the first 6 months of the year so far. It has honestly been filled with incredible memories spent with some very precious loved ones, and I look forward to seeing what the rest of the year has to hold. Thank you all very much for reading!
 
 
Lots of love,
 
Jade 
 
 








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