Monday, 31 July 2017

A Photo Diary: Hever Castle & Gardens



Being as interested in travelling and exploring new places as I am, it was inevitable that I had to visit Hever Castle at some point this year. I did my research, and figured it wasn't too far away and it seemed like exactly my sort of scene. I love anything pretty and picturesque, so when I saw all the images on their website, I had to sort something out right away.

For those of you who may not know the place that I'm talking about, it's essentially a castle and gardens in a place called Edenbridge, which is in Kent. The castle was Anne Boleyn's childhood home and as I'm really interested in history, I always like to visit these attractions, just for the experience and the knowledge.

The photos that I took on both my phone and my camera turned out really well and I'm so impressed with them. Although I wanted to mainly capture the beauty in my head and store it within my photographic memory, I wanted to take some photos too, because all of the scenery was just too pretty to pass on that opportunity! I wanted to be able to look back and remember this day out and it's always nice to share the places I visit with other people through my blog too.

As far as the day itself, I went here with my Aunt and Uncle. We had quite an early start, so I listened to my music and shut my eyes in the car. Once we had parked the car and bought the tickets at the kiosk (oh, and had a toilet stop!), we started walking around the grounds, which included the gardens, the lake and the Japanese tea house! It wasn't a place that you could actually go in to have tea, but it was more of a model that was just there for decoration.

It had started to spit with rain by this point, so whilst the downpour was going on, we all sat in the car and ate our little picnic, which consisted of lemonade, cheese, ham and pickle rolls, some grapes and a mini chocolate bar! Exploring can be hard work, you know...

Once the wet weather seemed to pass, we got out of the car and headed towards the main spectacle - the castle itself. Outside it, there were 2 horses and 2 men dressed up ready for the jousting tournament, but I wasn't too keen on the idea, so I insisted that we head inside, much to my Uncle's despair - sorry Uncle G!

The castle itself was absolutely incredible. I've visited Windsor and Dover before, but this was extraordinary. It was just beautiful and there were so many intricate details that a picture simply wouldn't do justice. It wasn't as big as Windsor from what I remember, but you would be surprised how luxurious and ornate you can make a place!

One thing that stood out to me was the fact that you could see the axes and the torture equipment that would be used back in the day. There were things like cannons, objects to hold and harm your arms, legs, ankles, neck - everything! You wouldn't have been able to escape if you tried and as fascinating as I found it, I was also terrified.

At the end, we did watch a bit of the jousting, but I just wasn't feeling it! I'm not really a fan of sword fighting or violence of any means, even if it's just purely for entertainment like that. It isn't quite my cup of tea, but I put up with the experience none-the-less!

I'd definitely like to visit Hever again in the future, as it really has become one of my favourite places. I just think it's so magical and I don't think anyone could ever get bored of seeing such beautiful flowers!

Have you ever been to Hever? Let me know in the comments below what you think!
Lots of love always,


Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Boys Lie ft. Good Girl Gang*

Top: Good Girl Gang*
Jeans - Topshop
Shoes - Converse
Ever since the whole idea about a collaboration between this little business has been discussed, I've been wanting to publish this post, but the weather just wasn't on my side!
Now that I've finally got decent pictures where I don't end up drenched from a thunderstorm, or alternatively, sweating my makeup off, I can properly show you what I've been so excited about for all this time.
The Boys Lie Tee is one of the items that I very kindly got sent by the lovely ladies who own Good Girl Gang. They have an Instagram page, and they also have a website, where they sell both the tees and totes! With every tee (apart from the desis unite one) is a matching tote bag, which I think is the cutest idea and a great unique selling point too!
After reading my blog post on f**kboys, Benazir and Nawel decided that they wanted to give me one of these tee's as a treat, alongside a 'Not Your Babe' tote, which I'm sure I'll feature in an upcoming post soon! The customer service is honestly outstanding. They are two of the nicest people that I have ever worked with and they are very professional, ensuring that you receive your order quickly whilst still being beautifully packaged. They willingly help you in any way they can and they make sure that you get products of the best quality, hence why they are all designed and manufactured by hand!
As well as that, they are so approachable and friendly, which I think is really important when running a business. I'm not surprised so many people love it, because I'm definitely one of them now!
Of course, I may sound a little biased when it comes to this post, but that couldn't be further from the truth. I'll only ever wear something that I genuinely would buy myself and at a price of only £15, I think it's well worth every penny. The tote bag that follows the 'Boys Lie' pattern is £10, so you get both products for £25. Considering they do everything themselves, I don't think you could ask for much better.
I've been wearing this tee as often as I can since receiving it (I'm even wearing it whilst I write this post) and I think it's super versatile, meaning you can wear it whenever and wherever.
In addition, the 'Not Your Babe' tote is perfect for everyday use. It's very spacious, so you can put your shopping in it, books and folders if you're in education like myself, or you can even use it if you're going for a picnic or a day out. It's totally up to you, but for £10, it would be rude if you didn't give in to your heart!
If you're interested in feminism, girl power and supporting all different cultures, then  you definitely need to check out this fabulous duo! You won't regret it, believe me.
I look forward to working with them again in the future!
Lots of love always,

Find them on Instgram: @goodgirl_gang
Buy the tees and totes here:
Disclaimer: This post was written in collaboration with Good Girl Gang. I was lucky enough to get sent this t-shirt to review. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own as always.




Sunday, 23 July 2017

Pretty Little Thing Lust List


Last year, around the middle of May, I did a blog post all about my Spring/Summer Lust List. It was essentially where I went through 6 different fashion pieces that I'd had my eye on at the time. I really enjoyed doing it, but I thought I'd switch it up today and just focus on one brand!

Pretty Little Thing is an online clothing boutique, which sells affordable yet fashionable items, so it's a win-win situation! They always have sales, discounts or offers going out, so even when prices are already low, they do often get lower, which means that you get many bargains!

As I'm going to Cornwall at the end of August for a couple of days, I'm going to include a couple of things that I'm thinking of buying or that I'd like to buy before then. Let me know what you think!

Coral Bandage Scallop Bikini Set: £25 - Although I've always been a water baby, I've never actually been a fan of swimming costumes or bikinis, because I don't like the thought of so much skin being exposed. It makes me feel incredibly body conscious, particularly if the design doesn't suit me or flatter my figure. However, I couldn't resist when I saw this gorgeous coral bikini set. Isn't it just so perfect for the Summer season?! It's a beautiful, bright colour and the scallop detailing would be both flattering and fashionable. I'm a curvier girl, so I do appreciate detailing like this, as it makes me feel less insecure about myself. It would be ideal for lounging around in the sun, or paddling in the pool/sea.

Red Floral Bardot Playsuit: £22 - Playsuits are my favourite thing to exist, no joke! They're so easy to just throw on if you're in a rush or don't want to make much effort, but they can also allow you to dress up if you pair them with some accessories or some nice embellished sandals. I love how bold this one is, and I'm a sucker for anything floral too! It would look really nice for an evening on holiday if you're having some drinks by the bar, or walking along the beach to a restaurant for your dinner!

White Embroided Dress: £25 - I've spoken about what I'd wear during the evening, but what about during those relaxing daytimes? This embroided dress would look so lovely for if you're out and about, whether you're in your home country or abroad. Yet again, it's got a floral print as I just can't resist and the white looks dainty, but comfortable and appropriate for the warmer weather.

Silver Heart Tinted Sunglasses: £8 & Nude Topped Round Sunglasses: £8 - As I used to be a glasses wearer up until the time where I got contacts, I could never really wear sunglasses, unless they were prescription ones. As nice and basic as they can be, they just really didn't float my boat if I'm honest. I wanted to be like everyone else, able to buy sunglasses that are fashionable, yet ones that I'm able to see out of. I've got myself a pair now (not from PLT), but you can never really have too many pairs of sunglasses, can you? Both these heart ones and the rounded ones are £8 each, so they're very affordable! I guess you wouldn't want to pay much for them anyway. I've always wanted a pair of silver tinted glasses and I think the heart shaped ones look so cute and edgy! However, I think the round ones are SO on trend right now and they really do look so cool and quirky. They're probably my favourite out of the two!

That's all I picked out for today's post! Let me know what you thought of it and if you want to see what I'd choose from another brand, then just tell me in the comments what one you want it to be and I'll do that ASAP!

I hope you all have a fabulous Summer, filled with lots of fun and great food!
Lots of love always,


Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Confidence Boosting Beauty Tips | A Guest Post By Amy Goldsmith

We all have those days where we get up, check our reflection in the mirror, and think “Ugh, I want to go back to bed.” Sometimes we feel down for longer than one day, so we tend to sit at home with our gloomy mood, nursing the huge zit on our forehead and wonder why the gods have decided to curse us. It happens to everyone and it’s really okay to take time off to just lounge at home occasionally, but you don’t want it to turn into a habit. Developing a beauty routine that will give you a mood lift and make you feel cute and glamorous can be downright therapeutic, so don’t hesitate to simply do things that make you feel good. Playing around with your skincare and makeup really makes a girl feel pampered, so here are a few tips to give you a nice, hefty boost to confidence, because not having confidence sucks and you deserve better than to be sad.


Dull, grey skin with a bunch of dry patches, or excessive oil is hardly a fun thing to wake up to in the morning. Don’t be the kind of person that lets gloopy dirt pile up on their face, as it’ll just make your skin look weirdly textured and uneven. Exfoliation is important if you want smooth skin, just make sure not to use any harsh exfoliants, especially if your skin is sensitive. Do a facial and body scrub once a week, then slather on some moisturizer and you’ll instantly feel sexier because your skin will be super soft.

Have a spa day

Have a big, stressful event coming up? Do a spa day at home. There’s nothing like luxuriating in the bath for at least half an hour as your muscles relax and your worries melt away. Go all in and spread candles around, pour a glass of wine or a beverage of your choice if you're not of the legal age, and just create an atmosphere that makes you feel like a luscious goddess. Put on a facial mask, put oils in your hair, and just really take time to take care of your body.

Play with makeup

A lot of ladies use makeup just to cover up imperfections, but that’s such a shame because there’s so much more to it than that. Makeup is fun and colourful, it’s creative, it’s a form of expression that can be subtle or full on glam – whatever you’re in the mood for. Don’t just use it to hide, use it to show off, to highlight your favourite features. Take the brushes and use them as tools to create art, to paint a picture. Of course, make sure to keep those brushes clean, as you really don’t want any bacteria there to make you break out, and products like the Osmosis brush cleaner can make sure it’s all well sanitized. Don’t worry if you aren’t good at applying it, just take your time and practice. You don’t have to put makeup on only when you’re going out. You can simply play with it when you’re at home, watching your favourite show or listening to music. That winged eyeliner will come to you girl, don’t worry.

Visit a hairstylist

Nothing like a good haircut to make you keep taking cute selfies. If your hair has been feeling a little dull lately, schedule an appointment and have someone transform an old, flat look into something fun and sassy. In case you don’t want to cut anything, go to a colourist. From buttery blonde and toffee colours to something bold like holographic hair – you can be as daring as you like.

Wear perfume


How attractive can you feel if you smell like peaches and cream, or jasmine, or lemongrass, or any of the other fresh, summery scents? Nice scents have the power to bring up memories, make us feel light, and invoke the feeling of happiness, so a spritz of your favourite perfume is an easy way to feel beautiful in an instant.
Our beauty routines are more than just an exercise in vanity. These rituals are empowering and they can soothe us even when we feel terrible. You’re beautiful even without them, and you don’t need to rely on them to look or feel good, but they can remind you of your own allure, of your own amazing self. So, pick a pretty outfit, give a bright smile, and sashay down the street like it’s a catwalk.  




Sunday, 16 July 2017

A Day Trip To Dover

White Cliffs
White Cliffs Along The Beach
Food @ Coastguard
The Keep @ Dover Castle
A Walk Along The Cliffs
View From The Top Of Dover Castle

On the 5th July, my fabulous Uncle took me to the place he grew up - St Margaret's Bay in Kent. He actually has a house there, which he inherited from his parents and it's where he lived for many years. Although I had been there when I was a baby, I couldn't remember it at all and I hadn't properly visited the area or got any pictures of it for obvious reasons.

We had originally gone with a plan of visiting the tenant who currently resides there and then we were going to explore the bay, have lunch in a place overlooking it known as the Coastguard before later observing Dover Castle.

The pictures shown above show the variation in everything that we did that day. Although you're very high up when you're at the top of the cliffs, the views are honestly incredible. I was blown away, but at the same time, I had to be careful that I didn't literally fall about 300 feet off the edge into the sea!

I'm such a keen traveller and I'm the sort of person that loves exploring and I take photographs at every possible opportunity to make sure I have ways of documenting the places that I see. I was going to take History as a GCSE, but at the time, I wasn't able to take both humanities (Geography and History), so I chose Geography instead. I wouldn't say I regret that choice, as I am fascinated by the world and all of that, but learning about the past and important events is equally as meaningful and intriguing to me.

Dover Castle was just incredible. Since visiting Windsor Castle twice last year, I think that was what kick-started my obsession with ancient monuments and landmarks. I find the intricacy of the buildings, both the interior and the exterior like nothing else I've seen before. It's all so detailed and you can tell that these landmarks date back for hundreds or thousands of years, and naturally, many famous people, both deceased and alive have been in them. No wonder they are such iconic tourist attractions. They make the perfect days out!

Next up, I'm hoping to visit Hever Castle, which is also located in Kent, but just a different part of it and I'll be sure to take many more pictures and do a blog post at a later date of that trip too. It has the castle itself, which is the main attraction, rose gardens, a lake, and even a Japanese tea house. I'm really looking forward to checking out of all those things within the coming weeks.

I really hope you enjoyed this post. I'm trying to create different content, which actually reflects me as a person and documents my life, rather than just talking about past experiences all the time, even though I love that too. Let me know which posts are your favourite!

Lots of love always,


Friday, 14 July 2017

All About: Beautiful Minds Magazine

Credit to Nicole for the photo off her blog

This post has been in the pipeline for a while now and I'm so excited to be able to finally share it with you guys!
You may or may not already be aware that I'm a writer, assistant and social media co-ordinator for the Beautiful Minds Magazine, which, can you believe, is actually being launched tomorrow!! How bloody exciting is that?
I thought I'd do an interview with the lovely lady behind the brand, just so that you can all get more of an insight into the whole idea and then hopefully you'll be rushing over to Etsy to make your purchase. Well, that's what myself and all of the team are secretly hoping!
Without me waffling on anymore, let's get straight down to business...
1. Hi, Nicole! It's a pleasure to have you here on my blog today. So, tell us all a little bit about yourself...

Hi, I'm Nicole, I'm 18 and I'm a mental health and wellbeing blogger from the South-West of England. I aim to support those struggling with their mental health, educate those who don't know much about mental health and smash the stigma around mental health. I've been blogging for over three years now and honestly, starting a blog was one of the best things I have ever done. It has given me so many fantastic opportunities which I couldn't be more grateful for. 

2. Where did the idea for Beautiful Minds come from and what was the inspiration behind the name?

So, I suffer from OCD which often causes me to have panic attacks when I'm in stressful or triggering situations. When I have a panic attack in town, I always go to WHSmiths because I find it calming to be around books. During one of these times, I found myself in the magazine section, looking for a magazine dedicated to mental health, but there wasn't anything. So low and behold the idea of Beautiful Minds was born. 

I chose the name Beautiful Minds because I strongly believe that everyone has a beautiful mind, no matter what mental health difficulties or life experiences they have had or are currently going through. Sometimes, they just need a little helping hand to flourish into their full potential.   

3. Aside from the magazine itself, you also have an Etsy shop! Tell us a little more about that and what you sell...

Yes, we do! So the Etsy shop sells stickers, which aims to raise awareness of mental health. We encourage people who buy them to stick them up in public places to brighten people's day and get people talking about mental health more openly and not just behind closed doors. 

4. What can people expect from this first issue? Are you hoping for future issues to be even bigger and better?

People can expect a jam-packed magazine full of real advice, tips and stories from individuals who have had personal mental health struggles. We aim to discuss mental health in an honest and open way, covering everything from depression and anxiety, to less well known mental illnesses such as borderline personality disorder. There are DIYs and colouring pages and so much more. I wanted to create a safe place, which takes a very Frank approach to mental health, covering all topics, no matter how taboo - not just anxiety and depression. If you yourself struggle with mental illness or know someone who does or maybe you just want to learn more about mental health, you will get so much out of this magazine. 

Yes, I'm hoping to do some professional interviews, offer more articles and advice covering even more issues and topics with the aim of continuing to break down the mental health stigma.

5. Is 'Beautiful Minds' going to turn into a brand in the future, or will it just always remain as the Etsy and the magazine itself?

Yes, I'm hoping it will turn into a brand in the future. At the moment the magazine is run on a tiny budget, however, if it goes down well, the profits from the magazine will go straight back into making each issue bigger and better! Watch this space...

6. Finally, how would you describe this whole project in 5 words?

Hard work, stressful, exciting, insightful and rewarding. 

Beautiful Minds is on sale from the 15th July.
Lots of love always,


Sunday, 9 July 2017

A Girls Guide To: Heartbreak

Don't get me wrong, I'm no Paddy McGuinness when it comes to love and I'm certainly not a heartbreak healer either.

Having said that, I've been around for 16 years, so I've had my fair share of boy dramas, including a pretty complicated relationship, which unfortunately resulted in a breakup. I've also helped people with their own troubles and throughout the years, I've learnt a thing or two that I feel I should share with you all in today's post, as you may find it somewhat helpful.

Heartbreak is never easy for anybody to get through. You could be the toughest cookie known to man, but there will still be certain romantic situations that rip your heart in two. That's just life. Love can often be so complicated and when there's all different emotions building up between two people, it's usually inevitable that there's going to be some sort of explosion in the end.

No matter how long you have been with your significant other for, it never really hurts any less. You could have been together for 2 weeks or 2 years, but where there are feelings, there will always be some level of heartbreak involved and that's something which is just out of anyone's control.

Things always have to get worse before they get better. Once you have hit rock bottom, that's as bad as it will get. Things will only move onwards and upwards after that point, believe me. You might not see it at first, but gradually the clouds will begin to clear. It's all about taking baby steps and finding that strength from within yourself. You don't need a partner or a love interest to validate your worth. You don't need another human to provide you with happiness and give you a reason to wake up each morning. You are your own person and just because you may be single and one past lover didn't end up as your prince or princess, it doesn't mean you won't find that in someone else down the line.

I think the saying 'don't forget to fall in love with yourself first' speaks volumes here. You need to find solace within your soul, comfort within your own body. You need to nourish and nurture yourself both emotionally and physically. I know it's easier said than done, but with the right frame of mind, you can get there and each day, you will make more and more progress until eventually, you're somewhat okay. Don't try to move on by jumping into bed with a stranger straight away. That will only add to the complications and leave you feeling even more confused and conflicted than you were in the first place. Give yourself time away from the person. Don't stalk them on social media. Don't go to the place you know they'll be just because you want to make them jealous. Love shouldn't be a game, break-ups shouldn't be a game or a matter of revenge.

Allow yourself to feel however your heart is telling you to feel. If you're emotional and particularly sensitive, just have a cry and do it as much as you need to. Let it all out. Everything happens for a reason and in this life, we only become stronger by the hardships we have to get over. Allow yourself time to heal and recognise how important your family and your friends are. Remind yourself that you were whole before he/she came along and you will remain whole even after they have made their exit. No one is you and that is your power.

If you think about it, you are always going to be the one person that sticks around. You will always have yourself, your own body and your own mind. There isn't ever a guarantee that friends, family or significant others will stick around even half as long as you will be stuck with yourself. So, find contentment in your own company. Enjoy figuring yourself out. Work on yourself and your own identity. Of course, take time to rethink and reflect, but then learn from that past relationship and if it's clear that you're better off as friends in the future or as nothing more than past lovers who aren't in touch, accept that and try to find love in someone else when the time is right. It's okay to be selfish for a while and put yourself first. Just remember that if it's meant to be, it will be.

I'm going to end this post with a little poem that I wrote a while ago, inspired by similar feelings of hopelessness and heartbreak. I hope it helps some of you..

When you are broken in two
Don't try to find yourself at the bottom of a bottle
When the tears won't stop falling down your face
Don't try to find solace in sleeping with a stranger
When your heart begins to collapse as a result of the heartbreak
Don't try to create another temporary version of the person that you are by dabbling in recreational drugs
Do not question his/her motives
Do not fall apart over his/her actions
You are more than enough, my love
If he/she couldn't handle that
Then he/she simply wasn't enough for you

- JM

Lots of love always,


Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Keeping Calm ft. Tisserand Aromatherapy*

This post has been an incredibly long time coming. I was initially in talks with the brand's PR lady (shoutout to you Emma!) about doing it as an exam based, stress buster sort of thing, but everything's been soo hectic lately!!

As I mentioned in my last post, I've only just finished my GCSE's and I didn't feel like it was right for me to blog whilst I was in the midst of them. If any of you have had exams, whether GCSE's, A-Levels or anything else of the sort, I hope they went well, but I wish you all the best of luck for the results.

Generally speaking, I'm an incredibly anxious over-thinker. I get myself stressed out over even the littlest of things, so I'm sure you can image how flustered I was during exam season! Although that's now over for most people until September, I thought it was worth writing this post anyway to hopefully help some of you to bring more calm into your life. Having said that, who's to say you can't refer back to this post if you have exams in the future?!

This is going to be more of a first impressions rather than a review, which will probably follow in due course. Now, let's just get on with it before I ramble anymore..

'Focus' & 'Happy' Aromatherapy Roller Balls: £5.95 each. The focus blend is there for helping with work or study. The therapeutic oils in it are a combination of rosemary, grapefruit and coriander. It smells so invigorating and it really does help to put your mind at ease so you can quite literally focus on what you're doing. The happy roller ball is there to lift your mood whenever you might need that extra boost. It's refreshing and uplifting, as it's made from bergamot, lemon tea tree and nutmeg with a base of jojoba oil. Sounds heavenly, right?! These can both be applied to pressure points (wrists, temples and neck) whenever and wherever and they are super affordable! What's not to love?

De-Stress Mist: £8.95. This has got to be up there with being one of the loveliest products I've ever received. I just think the whole concept of it is fab! You can spray it around your room or on your body and become comforted in a 'cloud of calm', as they say on the website. If you wanted to, you could use it in conjunction with the de-stress roller ball to try and completely eliminate any of those pesky problems which you may have! It's made of orange, rose, geranium and nutmeg pure essential oils and I'd definitely say it's something which you can use daily, if not a couple of times a week, for sure! Everybody needs a de-stress mist in their life, let's be honest..

Sweet Dreams Bath Oil: £10.95. Out of everyone I've ever known, I've always been the biggest night owl that there is. If I don't have school, I never get to sleep before 3 or 4am, and it's kinda become a habit. I got really intrigued when I came across this bath oil in the package, as during the Autumn/Winter months or on the colder days, I know it'll definitely come in beneficial.  Can you bloody believe it won the beauty shortlist awards 2017 too for the best bath oil?! What a winner! It's made from a blend of lavender, jasmine and sandalwood and enriched with coconut, sweet almond and jojoba, which act as natural moisturisers. It could also be used with the Sweet Dreams Body Oil to really help you catch some zzz's.

Rosemary Essential Oil 9ml: £6.22. This essential oil is perfect for use in a massage. If you're someone that often feels lethargic or gets achy, tired muscles, then this product should be perfect for you to ease those pains. It smells really woody and really musky, which I think is exactly what you need in something used for this purpose. I've never actually used an essential oil before, so this excites me a lot! The website says that it blends well with eucalyptus, grapefruit, lavender and peppermint - how cool is that?!

Those are all of the goodies that I received from Tisserand Aromatherapy! Thank you so much to the lovely Emma for sending them over and for being so thoughtful with the products that you chose. I can't wait to try them all out properly over the coming weeks and months. I'm looking forward to seeing what the rest of the brand has to offer too!!

Thank you for reading and I'll see you again in my next post.

Lots of love always,

Disclaimer: This post was written in collaboration with Tisserand Aromatherapy. I was lucky enough to get sent these products to review for free. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own as always.

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