Monday, 12 October 2015

Blog Evolution

This blog started with outfit posts, as many blogs do, and little chit chats about my life. Ya know, like stuff about guinea pigs and barbecues. As I started reading more blogs I saw other types of posts that everyone did; wish lists, hauls, and beauty reviews, which I added to my schedule. I gradually added in book reviews, music playlists, and a student life series as I started uni, and I started to write about feminism and mental health.
So not everything I've listed is particularly interesting to write about anymore. I'm sure I've said this before but, as we grow and change, our blogs grow with us.

Now, I'm hoping to post 2-3 times a week, including my weekly happiness lists. I love writing them and it's a chance to reflect on the positives each week, and to catch up with all ye of course!

So yes, I am narrowing down what I'll be writing about but don't worry, I haven't sunk as low as a niche ;-) I'd call it more of a theme.

Everything I post I want to be useful to me and you in some way. To bring happiness and community, even if I do that by posting another Feel Shit Friday! I'll continue to write about mental health and feminism, hopefully in an educational and encouraging way.
I'm not sure there's room for outfit posts in this theme, but I like what I wear and so far being in front of the camera and posting photos of myself online has improved my confidence loads - and that can only be a good thing! So I might incorporate outfit posts with body positivity. Or I like what Danielle is doing, pointing out that's it's ok to be a blogger and wear casual clothes - you can still look rad af, which I think Danielle and I prove ;-) let me know what you think!

Y'all know you are the most important part of blogging to me, so if there's anything you find particularly useful let me know! I love sharing life hacks, especially for productivity. I'm always trying to be my best self, I think a lot of people are, so just maybe something on this blog will improve some aspect of your life, even if it is just a new recipe, or a new friend!

How has your blog changed over the years (or months)? What changes were successful, and which ones weren't? 

Monday, 5 October 2015

Instamonth #September

popcorn and dark chocolate for movie night || i like yellow flowers || Sharp Objects
last summer outfit || vegan coconut balls || vegan coconut balls with cocoa powder and melted dark chocolate
the beach never gets old || new kitchen wallpaper! || double necklace kinda day

I've become fully vegan this month, apart from a couple of packets of quavers that apparently have milk powder in them... I've made a few bean burgers (they're actually damn easy), a BBQ pulled sweet potato burger, and those coconut balls of yum in the pics. Just three simple ingredients and they came out perfect first try! They didn't last long - best eaten hot out of the oven with jam! The second time I made them I split the mixture before kneading and added cocoa powder and kneaded it in that instead of flour, it worked really well! And melted dark chocolate perfected them. Vegans aren't all about salads ya know...

I can't believe I've been back in Portsmouth a month already. Everything's in full swing; I've written 2,000 words of the first draft of my thesis, I got a job working at the football club, and today was the first day of truly bad weather! It has been so warm and sunny most days, and then today it poured. Winter is coming.

How has your September been? 

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Happiness this week is... #54

Sunshine! It's been warm enough to spend time down at the beach, just lying in the sun, I haven't done that in like three months!

My new blanket cape. OMG guys, I'm obsessed. Why did I not try one on before?! I think I thought they were too 'on trend' but it turns out I can even make a blanket cape look slobby. 

Catch up chats with friends. One of my closest friends is going on her placement year abroad now so I've been a bit sad since saying goodbye. We attempted to do a good deed and donate blood, I've had my first appointment booked for weeks, turns out even when you turn 20 there are weight limits. Huh.
Straight. Up. Chillin. I haven't had this long a break in ages! Probably since last summer. It's only been a few weeks break but it's been enough to relax and settle back in (although I still keep looking the wrong way when crossing the road).

Getting organized! If there is such a thing as a professional organizer (I'm pretty sure there is) I would be amazing at it. It seriously feels good though to be ready and organized for starting uni tomorrow! 

So that was my week, how was yours? 

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Etsy Love

Dammit why can't I have all the money in the world (Geri Haliwell style) to buy all theee cute and geeky things on etsy! Did you know a staggering majority of etsy sellers are women? So I am making it a point to support these women. Here are five of my favourite etsy sellers...

1. Rachel Ignotofsky - a designer and illustrator, I particularly love her Women in Science prints and posters, like this Jane Goodall one. She also sells t-shirts and pillows featuring her designs.

2. Jam Jar - came on my radar a year or so again, though I am still yet to make an order! Her puppy and kitty nail transfers are my faves.

3. Snark Factory - I obviously love the obvious feminist quotes in pastel colours and hearts! Squee! There are so many things and designs to choose from as well, I couldn't possibly pick a favourite, I think my first order from them will be these fuck the patriarchy ear rings.

4. Charming Sushi - for all you geek girls out there! So many pokemon accessories, I wasn't even a big fan but I still want these pokeball ear rings! I could also totally go for these Deathly Hallows ear rings.

5. High on Hemp - OK so this shop don't have a very personal 'about' section so I don't even know if the founder is a woman! But it's one of my faves and I actually purchased this leaf charm anklet from them two years ago and it's still going strong despite how much wear it's had!

Recommend me your favourite etsy shops please! I'm always wanting to follow more :-)