Update

The last update on the blog, I mentioned that I would be uploading less over exam season and would aim for one post a week. However, I managed to surprise myself as I successfully kept up my two posts a week schedule all of exam season which I am very pleased about (I think I posted a couple a day late but that's still a lot better than I expected).

My exams are finally over and I am done with college. I am very happy to know that I never have to go back other than to get my results (eek!) but of course there are people I will miss (as well as those I can't wait to see the back of).

Arguably the biggest update: I started a YouTube channel which is both exciting and terrifying. It is going to be an extension of my blog, covering similar topics as well as more things that I feel I can't do as well on my blog such as in the form of collabs. I am also going to do quite a few uni related videos so that I can look back on my journey as well as keep family and friends updated whilst I'm away. Just to be clear, I am not turning to YouTube INSTEAD of blogging, I will still be uploading on here twice a week as well as uploading one video a week. If you have any video suggestions, I'd love to hear them but as for now, I hope you'll head over to my YouTube channel and show it some love :)

For the time being, I plan to keep my blog upload days as Tuesday and Friday and will be making my YouTube upload day a Wednesday. You can find my channel here and/or you can watch my first video: An Introduction below. I will be starting my Wednesday uploads tomorrow and would love it if you would subscribe to join me on my journey. I hope you'll enjoy watching my content and will find some of the videos useful.
I am still finding my feet with YouTube so I'm sorry if the quality isn't quite what you are used to and if the style (font, thumbnail etc) is a bit all over the place for a while, I'm currently experimenting and trying to discover what I want my videos to be like. I'm also trying to perfect the focus and the sound quality which do seem to have got better in the last video I edited, for next week, but it's still a working progress.

I hope you've enjoyed this little update. I'm very much looking forward to my Summer break and the opportunity to focus on the things I really want to do and enjoy doing. If you want to keep up to date with these things, you can follow my social media links. Thanks for reading.

Love, Steph x
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Partying

As an 18 year old, people often expect you to enjoy partying and to possibly party a bit too hard sometimes and in a way, there's a pressure to conform to this stereotype.

I love planning family and friend parties and gatherings and often enjoy the actual events, especially when I'm hosting, but the idea of a party among a large group of people fills me with dread. That's not to say I don't enjoy them, I often do, but I do a lot of mentally preparing and go through a whole host of emotions before getting there and before letting myself enjoy it.

The idea of having to enter a room with a large group of people makes my stomach twist into a knot, my heart race and my head spin. That's not to say I can't do it, I can but such a simple thing can be quite difficult, which definitely doesn't help make a party situation any easier.

In the build up to the event, my head plays out a variety of situations and makes sure I have a method of dealing with each of these things should they occur- they rarely do! Once I'm there, I feel very aware of my awkwardness- my inability to confidently hold a conversation, my refusal to get up and dance (if you've seen me dance- you are one of very few) and the way I don't know how or where to position myself. All of it makes me slightly uncomfortable and although I do loosen up and enjoy myself in the end, it takes a while.

Drinking is a whole other issue- I can't get my head around the idea of getting drunk for the sake of getting drunk. I've had people tell me they don't like the taste of something as they down it or telling me not to taste something before drinking it cause it's disgusting- why would I then want to drink it?! If it's not healthy AND it tastes horrible, why would I drink it? If you like the taste and drink it to the point in which you are drunk, I can understand but not when it's done for the sake of it. No disrespect to anyone who does like to drink to get drunk, I personally just can't get my head round it. Being in a room full of people who are intoxicated and don't have control of their actions also puts me on edge and makes me worry more than I should, therefore taking away from the enjoyment of the party.

It also makes me slightly nervous for university as so many university students seem to enjoy the party and clubbing life which definitely isn't my sort of scene so I really hope there are others who share similar interests or have similar attitudes on this matter to me. I actually know quite a few people who share my feelings on this so I'm hoping there will be plenty of others like that once I get to uni as well.

Despite all of this, I do enjoy going to events, especially those with family and good friends so that I'm among a lot of familiar faces that I can feel happy and comfortable around. It also helps if I get there early (this all probably links to why I hate being late as well!) so that the crowd builds up rather than having to walk into a crowded room... it seems a lot less intimidating.

This fear or anxiety surrounding these events doesn't stop me from doing most things but it definitely has its effects.

This has been another rambly post that I hope you've been able to follow and have enjoyed or possibly related to. I just wanted to express my thoughts and potentially find someone who also relates, so if that's you, please let me know in the comments. If you enjoyed this post and want to read more, you can follow my social media links to see when I next upload. Thanks for reading.

Love, Steph x
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Why I'm Voting In

It's just under 12 hours until voting opens for the EU referendum which is both exciting and terrifying; the future could change drastically depending on how tomorrow goes.

I have known which way I wanted to vote pretty much since the discussion about it started and even though each side has come up with interesting points, my decision hasn't been swayed once. However, some people aren't as clear on which way then want to vote and are still undecided or are seeking confirmation that their decision is the right one. For these people, I hope this post will be helpful. If you already know which way you want to vote, this post could still be useful for you and may even change your mind, who knows?

Disclaimer: I'm not going to tell anyone which way they should vote- people have done that enough and it's ultimately up to you. I just want to highlight the reasons for my decision to hopefully help some people or at least make people think, so that they can be certain they are making the right decision. I also don't know all of the facts and statistics and I'm not claiming to (and in fairness, a lot of the stats and facts we've been told aren't necessarily true either- they're exaggerated, biased and/or estimations). I have also generalised opinions to get the point across- I know not everyone feels or acts the same.

From where I'm standing, the two main reasons for leaving the EU are to improve our economy and to improve the immigration system. I know we pay a lot of money into the EU which is why a lot think our economy will improve without this expense but there are other economic benefits we gain from being a part of the European Union, such as jobs and importing and exporting. I don't know what effects leaving would have on these things and to be honest, I don't think anyone can know until it happens, but for me it isn't worth taking the chance. 

From my experience with people around me, the number one reason for voting leave is to control immigration and whilst I think immigration policies do need looking at, leaving isn't the solution. The immigration 'problem' is dramatised and used as a scapegoat for so many things- 'taking our jobs', 'doing nothing and taking our benefits' (which realistically, they aren't doing both, are they?) and in reality, the percentage of immigrants in the country isn't as high a number as many think. On top of that, most people are not 100% British and so in their bloodline, someone came from another country, and yet because the individual was born here, they see themselves as having more right to a life in Britain than someone from another country who has possibly left a lot behind in search for a better, safer life, which I don't think we should take the opportunity from them. I am also of the opinion that jobs should be occupied by the person with the best experience and qualifications in that field no matter where they come from; as long as my doctor knows what they're doing and does a good job, I don't care where they were born. Furthermore, I find it hard to believe that someone would leave their home country and everything they know, just to do nothing for benefits in a new country- and policies stop this from happening anyway.

One thing I find extremely frustrating, but also kind of makes me want to laugh at the stupidity of it, is British people's blind view that they aren't immigrants when they move to another country. I have watched a few interviews of people retired, living in Spain and wanting to vote to leave to solve immigration problems. WHAT?! At least a lot of the people that come to Britain, come to work and put into our economy, a lot of Brits emmigrate to another country for retirement and therefore don't work and don't put much into that economy, yet they fail to acknowledge that they are immigrants in that country.

In recent years, the world has become so much smaller, with more opportunities to travel and work in other countries and leaving the EU could undo some of that work. So many universities now offer opportunities to study and work abroad through schemes such as Erasmus which probably wouldn't be as possible without the EU. 

My main reason for wanting to stay is actually a safety reason as I think we are better off as a team, with support from other European countries when issues arise, which unfortunately are happening more often now. 

It's quite frustrating that the voting age is 18 as something as big as this is going to effect the younger and future generations massively, yet some of those people can't vote! Several of my friends miss out on voting by about a month yet they have to live with the consequences of whichever decision is made, which seems incredibly unfair! Especially as some of the older generations seem more likely (in my experience) to vote out of the EU for immigration reasons (some of which often come across as plain racist) but they don't have to live with the consequence for as long! 

The final thing that makes me strongly believe we are better in is as simple as the people and representatives of each side. Although it shouldn't be about who thinks what, I find it difficult to trust anything Nigel Farage, and alike, say when their policies and attitudes are so offensive and misplaced in other topic areas- surely this is no different?

I hope all of this has made sense to you and has hopefully given you some food for thought. There were a lot of other things I wanted to say but I've tried to pick out the key points to make it as clear and concise as possible. Whichever way you vote, make sure you have a say in your future tomorrow. 

Love, Steph x
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Can You Marry And Be A Feminist?

The other day, my friend sent me this video and as I had plenty of things to say on the topic, it seemed like a good idea to bring it to the blog.

To follow or appreciate my thoughts on the matter, you will need to watch the video which isn't too long but should hopefully provide all the context needed as well as evoke a reaction from you be it similar or contradictory to mine. 

Disclaimer: My intent is not to offend anybody with whatever I say but it's easier just to be blunt when it comes to a topic as important and that I'm as passionate about as this one.

To begin, I would like to clearly disagree with Julie Bindel, the speaker in the video, as I believe suggesting marriage can never be a feminist act, clearly goes against the beliefs Feminists stand for, more so than the actual institution of marriage.

Whilst the oppression of women does have numerous links to marriage, the two don't have to go hand in hand. The fight for equality does not mean we have to do away with oppressive institutions such as marriage but rather change those institutions so that they become equal. If we applied Bindel's theory to all inequal features and institutions, we would have very little left in our lives.

To say marriage can never be a feminist act practically implies the Feminist perspective and aim can't succeed, which is clearly not the case as shown by the more equal society we live in now, compared to before (although we still have a long way to go).

Although traditions such as being given away by your father, wearing a white dress and taking your husbands name arose as a result of the way people viewed women as property, following those traditions now does not necessarily make marriage anti-feminist. For me personally, I'm not so sure I want some of those things but I like having the option and if I do choose to follow tradition, it doesn't make me any less of a feminist!

Saying marriage is not a feminist act is simply not true as it depends on each circumstance and if both partners believe in equality and practise that belief then it isn't a woman using marriage as a tool for their own oppression, it's a woman wanting to marry and creating equality in their own marriage rather than rejecting the idea because it is 'patriarchal'. The feminist view fights for equality in all walks of life and to achieve it in marriage is possible without completely rejecting the institution as a whole.

That's not to say Bindel is completely wrong, she raises some good points in that oppression can be linked to marriage in a lot of cases but the inaccuracies significantly overpower the rest of the video.

What are your thoughts on the subject? Let me know in the comments. If you enjoyed this post and thought I raised some interesting counter arguments, why not share this post to make people aware of the other side to the discussion. If you liked this post and want to read more, give my social media links a follow and you'll be notified when I upload.

Love, Steph x
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Faux-Chella

TickPick had this great Faux-Chella, where people create their dream festival lineup and upload a blog post centered around it. TickPick is an American site (sorry to any readers from elsewhere in the world but you can still enjoy the rest of the blog post which is not limited to American readers) for fans to buy and sell tickets to various events such as concert tickets, NFL tickets and more.

I absolutely love concerts in fact, they are one of my favourite things, so I have thought about my dream festival lineup on many occasions. The only problem is, the lineup could fill a notebook. As I didn't want to ramble on about an abundance of artists (plus anymore on the poster would have overdone it!), I've tried to limit my list as much as possible.

The Lineup:

5 Seconds Of Summer- Despite the fact I've seen 5SOS live twice, I would HAVE to include them in my dream lineup as they are one of my favourite bands, their music is insanely good and when they put on a show, they put on a darn good one! I also think the likes of She Looks So Perfect, Don't Stop and Disconnected would be particularly great to enjoy in the sun. (Yes, I have guaranteed sunny weather at this concert!)
Shawn Mendes- Shawn Mendes has an insanely good voice and I've enjoyed listening to it for near enough two years but have yet to see him perform live as he hasn't done a show near where I live (to my knowledge)! I would love to see him perform live, especially if he were to sing A Little Too Much and the acoustic version of Life Of The Party, but any of his songs would be incredible!
Panic!At The Disco- Panic! is another artist I haven't seen live but would love to one day. I love the latest album: Death Of A Bachelor and would thoroughly enjoy seeing all of the tracks performed live. If he could sit at the piano and sing the piano version of This Is Gospel, it would be heavenly!
Meghan Trainor- As I've mentioned in a number of blog posts, especially recently, I love Meghan Trainor and find her songs catchy, empowering, uplifting and just incredible really- I've listened to both albums multiple times and still love the songs. She has some particularly great songs, lyrically, on the last album.
Little Mix- I saw Little Mix at Alton Towers Live in 2013 but I didn't get to see them properly as there was a massive queue for the drinks and food during the break so we didn't get back to our spot in time and instead watched from near the back, which was still a good view but not as good as where we were situated originally. I then bought tickets to see them this year but ended up not being able to go as I was on holiday with my best friend. Therefore, I would love to see them properly and my dream festival would be the perfect place (although any real life opportunities would probably be even better... oh well, a girl can dream). I love every single one of their songs and was a massive fan of Get Weird, their latest album.
Union J-  Surely you all know by now, just how much I love Union J. They are up their with my favourites and even though the group lineup has changed a bit this year, I'm looking forward to seeing what their future holds and a great place to hear their new music would be at my Faux-Chella festival.
Lukas Graham- I'm pretty sure you will have heard 7 Years by Lukas Graham and maybe a few other hits and if so, you probably won't be surprised to see them in my Faux-Chella lineup. The album is great with so many brilliant tunes, especially as the lyrics really paint a story and have a lot of emotion behind them. I would love to listen to Better Than Yourself live in particular: I think it would be amazing to see the emotion put into the performance.
Jason Derulo-I never see Jason as a favourite but whenever I listen to his songs on my iPod, I realise how much I enjoy his music and have no doubts in my mind that he would get a crowd moving with his many dance hits.
The Vamps- I had to include these in here as they are another band I love to listen to and after seeing them perform live a couple of times, I know that they would be great at performing and getting the crowd moving in the gorgeous, sunny, festival weather.
Nathan Sykes- If I could put The Wanted on this list, I would do but that would require some extra dreaming and is slightly too unrealistic (she says typing out a dream Faux-Chella lineup :P). Anyway, I'd still love Nathan Sykes to perform as I missed out on seeing him at the Little Mix tour as well and would love to see him hold the stage as a solo artist. He has an insane voice and a variety of styles of songs that I'm sure would accommodate everyone.

I must admit, after seeing the poster and writing this post, I desperately wish it were true as it would be a perfect event! There were a number of artists I wanted to include in the lineup but there were only so many artists I could fit on the poster so I tried to pick my ultimate dream festival lineup.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post. Who would be in your dream Faux-Chella lineup? Let me know what you thought in the comments. If you enjoyed this post and want to see more, you can follow my various social media links to see when I next upload.

Love, Steph x
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I Have An Addiction!

There are so many different types of addiction out there: drugs, alcohol, tabacco etc, and whilst I've never fully understand the need to turn to these addictions when there are other solutions (and I don't mean that in a disrespectful way just an honest expression of my thoughts), I've very recently realised that I too have an addiction. Whilst it may not seem as harmful as some of the others and I'd certainly like to think it's not, I'm pretty certain that it's something I become dependent on... My addiction is YouTube.

As I've mentioned in the past, I am a huge fan of YouTube and find it to be one of my favourite pastimes but there are times when I take this love further than your normal hobby. When I get stressed or upset, I work myself into a system, especially when it's at a time when my days are full, in that I get into bed and binge watch YouTube videos for a good few hours, not getting to sleep until the early hours of the morning. This then continues for a few days and the longer it continues, the harder it is to stop. It's not a case of a lack of tiredness; I spend at least an hour keeping myself awake as I feel my eyes trying to close. Instead, I deal with everything in the day and then it gets to night and I feel myself break or my coping limit overfill and to try and combat this, I watch videos that I know will make me happy, especially when I just need something to calm me down or stop the tears. It's not an activity I have to concentrate on but it's enough to take my thoughts away from everything else. It's also a case of feeling like it's the only time I have to enjoy watching videos.
This is when I start to become obsessed with a channel or two in particular and I find myself relying on that person or those people to make me smile. Not that I don't enjoy other things in the day, I do but not in the same destressing way, and whilst it doesn't destress me permanently, it gives me those couple of hours of relief that I need.

I know it's not healthy and I know it's quite solvable but for some reason, I continue to do it and until that stressful or difficult time period is over, I probably won't stop. Of course, this then knocks about my sleeping pattern (which I worked pretty hard to control) and forces me to spend the following few weeks getting it back to normal.

I do have other things and people I turn to in times of need or stress but this seems to be the most consistent and at least it doesn't break the bank like my stress shopping can do!

I'm sorry if this was all over the place, I'm probably not in the best frame of mind to be blogging at the moment but I also felt like if I didn't write it now, either I never would, or I'd forget what it is actually like and therefore what I wanted to discuss. I also think I missed a few things off that I wanted to share but I've forgotten them at the moment and I'm pretty sure I've covered the key ideas.

Am I alone in this addiction, do you have something you rely on? I'd be interested to know! Thank you for reading this post.

Love, Steph x
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An Open Letter: Supporting Someone With A Mental Illness

I recently uploaded an open letter to anyone suffering as a result of their mental health and it seemed to receive a fairly positive reaction. Today I thought I'd stick to a similar theme but would address a different group of people... those offering support and help to anyone suffering with a mental illness.

It can be difficult knowing someone close to you is struggling, especially if it's something which doesn't have a clear solution and so you don't really know how you can help them. It can be even more challenging if they aren't comfortable or able to open up about their thoughts, feelings or experiences, so you have to base your support on the few things you do know rather than the full picture.

Don't blame yourself for the way they feel and the way they act as a result of that. You can help where you can but it isn't your job to fix things for them and therefore it isn't your fault if you can't do that. It's too easy to blame ourselves for things such as not being able to fix a problem for someone close but sometimes it's not possible. Your support helps but ultimately it takes more than one person's support for them to overcome the difficulties.

Patience is key. Often with the likes of depression and anxiety the view and intentions of the people around those suffering can be slightly warped, which can then result in a slight lack of trust or lack of ability to open up. Again, this isn't your fault and if you want to make it clear you're there for the person, do so but try to understand that them shutting you out isn't necessarily a result of your actions. Sometimes, however difficult it may seem, it's best to take a step back, give them a little bit of space, whilst making it clear you are on their side and wait until they get past that bump, unless you have reason to believe serious/immediate intervention is needed, in which case finding a way through can be difficult but not impossible.

If you believe someone is at a high risk to themselves or others and isn't getting the support and help necessary, I suggest talking to someone you think can provide those things or connect them with someone who can. Even if you worry that the person will hate you for it, ultimately it's doing them a huge favour and one day they'll see that even if they don't immediately.

You don't owe it to anyone to fix their problems, whilst supporting someone is extremely helpful and what the majority of people would hope for from close friends and family, if you are constantly looking out for the person and helping them in anyway you can but in return get nothing back, it's okay to step away slightly. You don't have to dedicate your life to fixing someone else's and if it it does get too much, it's okay to admit it. To spend hours trying to help somebody and feeling under appreciated all the time or finding it difficult to deal with is not something you should be ashamed to admit. You can still support them from a distance but you don't have to constantly be there.

I hope these have helped to reassure some people and possibly given some tips on offering support. If you think I left something important out, please let me know in the comments. Thank you for reading this post.

Love, Steph x
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Prom Lookbook 2016

We are well into the exam season now and I don't know about you but I can't wait for it to end for so many different reasons; the obvious being no more exams! For many of us, at the end of this stressful period is prom, whether that's your end of school prom or a Sixth Form ball. I love events like these are they're a nice way to dress up and spend time with the people you've been with for years and may not see again (you can decide whether you're glad or sad about that one). As the prom season is almost upon us, I thought I'd show you a few dress ideas for the occasion in case you haven't got yours yet and want some inspiration or, like me, you just like looking at other dresses. I don't have shoes in any of the photos as I don't have suitable shoes yet and as it's the dress I'm showing you, I didn't think it would affect the post too much.
This is the dress I wore to my Year 11/end of school prom and I love it. I reckon it's one of the most expensive things I own, definitely the most expensive item in my wardrobe, but when prom shopping this was the dress both my mum and I loved straight away (so of course it would be the most expensive in the shop)! We bought it in America from one of the Cache stores and as I've just attempted to find the dress or a similar one, I've seen that Cache stores have all closed. I then had a browse to see if I could find a similar dress elsewhere but had no luck- sorry!
The next few dresses are a lot more affordable than the first one. This one being a floor length dress (I've had it for two and a half years so it's no longer floor length on me) with a white top and black, flowing skirt to it. It also has silver gems along the belt and on the shoulders. As I mentioned I have had this for a while so it may be difficult to get hold of now but it was from Quiz who have plenty of similar dresses on the site if you wanted to have a browse.
Quiz similar dress
I was a bit reluctant to show you this one as there is a high chance I will be wearing this to my prom this year. I like that it's quite simple but elegant with the silver detailing on the belt. The style is also suitable for going out after prom if I decide to do that (which there is a high chance I won't but even so). I bought this in the Christmas sales so it didn't cost too much and was from New Look. New Look often have beautiful LBDs in stock so even if this one isn't available anymore, plenty of others will be.
New Look similar dress
This is the other dress I am considering wearing this year. At the moment, I'm leaning more towards the black but I'm still undecided. Which one do you think I should wear? As you can see, it's a floral print, short dress with a pleated skirt and netting underneath to poof it out a bit more. It's quite a simple back with a little triangle cut in it and it's definitely a Summery dress.
Last but not least is this gorgeous multi-coloured dress of a similar style to the last. It again has layers underneath the skirt to add a bit of volume to it (is that a thing?) and has a nice pink and gold belt across the middle which adds a little something to it. I wore this dress to my 18th/50th party which I did a post on here, so if you read that, you may recognise it. I am desperate to wear this dress again as I thought it looked really lovely and went nicely with my heeled ankle boots for a slightly less formal, edgier look. Again, this dress was from Quiz- I think 80% of my dresses are from Quiz as it's one of my favourite stores and definitely my go to for a dress for any occasion- I cannot recommend the store enough.
Quiz similar dress

I hope you enjoyed reading this post and having a look at some of my Prom dress ideas. Let me know what you thought in the comments, particularly if you have a prom this year. Sorry I couldn't find exact matches for you, it's because I've had them all for quite a long time and so they're no longer in stock however, I've done my best to find similar pieces. If you liked what you read, you can follow my social media links in the sidebar to the right of this post or in the top, right-hand corner of my blog, to be notified when I upload a new post. Thank you for reading.

Love, Steph x
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The Infinity Dream Award

I have been tagged to do another post by the lovely Severina, I highly recommend checking out her blog if you haven't already as she's one of my favourite bloggers and people in general! Her blog is full of positive and interesting posts and she's always spreading the love among bloggers. (Thank you for the nomination Severina!)

The Infinity Dream Award is similar to The Liebster Award in that you share 11 facts about yourself, answer the questions created for you, come up with questions for your nominees and finally, nominate other bloggers. It's a great way to help promote bloggers and share the love.

11 Facts About Me:
1. My middle name means 'The Dark One'
2. I have an irrational fear of people on stilts
3. I can ski but I really want to learn to snowboard at some point in my life
4. I don't like coffee
5. I only like fruit teas or black tea- milk when mixed with water in hot drinks makes me feel sick but I don't know why
6. When I was younger, I wrote to a fairy called Snowdrop
7. One of my ear lobes is larger than the other
8. At the moment, I love cold shoulder tops- it's one of my favourite trends
9. When I was younger (probably about 10), I joined the poetry club at school and a group of us that won a competition got to go and see Michael Rosen live and then meet him as he signed our books
10. My first toy was a red hippo called Hippo
11. I have a phobia of people in costumes and masks, especially clown related

Severina's Questions:
1. What was the last thing you ate?
I just ate some alpen for breakfast with a side helping of frozen banana... yum!
2. What's a recent book you read?
I'm currently reading the Soul Screamers series and I'm about to start the third one although, they aren't my favourite books, so I don't know if I'll read all six but for now, I'm ploughing through. My mum and I did read a few poems from When We Were Young by A.A.Milne last night which really took me back to my childhood; I haven't read them for years!
3. Favourite way to relax/de-stress?
There are a lot of different things I like to do for this, to de-stress I think going to the gym can often help to clear my head and give me a fresh perspective but to relax in general, I like to sit and watch a few YouTube videos or pick up a book and transport to another life, however I sometimes struggle to read when I'm stressed as I can't focus.
4. Why did you start blogging?
I love writing and wanted a place to share my thoughts, reviews and ramblings in order to improve my writing skills as well as immerse myself in the blogging world.
5. What's a goal you would like to achieve in the future?
I'd love to get paid for my writing one day, whether that's as a blogger, journalist or author.
6. What's your all time favourite memory?
I think this might be one of the hardest questions I've ever been asked! I have so many amazing memories and cannot for the life of me pick one out so I'll just share a couple I cherish.
I have a lot of funny memories from NCS that I like to remember, especially those created whilst rafting- we actually built a successful raft which has never happened for me before!
Family holidays in general have produced lots of memories I love, little things such as getting Churros in France or visiting the sweet shop and buying temporary superhero tattoos with chewing gum.
This is a little different but the feeling after I finished my triathlon, knowing I didn't have to run, swim or cycle anymore and that I actually made it to the end!
I could go on for a long time about my favourite memories but I'll spare you and stop at those.
7. What's your go to makeup?
I tend to go for a medium to high coverage foundation, gold or nude eye look sometimes with liner, slightly contoured cheek bones, a pop of blush, filled in brows and then for lips on a day to day basis, I stick to a lip balm, tinted or otherwise. However, I do like to change up my eye look quite often.
8. Who is your favourite music artist?
Another really difficult question as I love so many but the first that spring to mind are: 5 Seconds Of Summer, Union J, Little Mix, Shawn Mendes and Meghan Trainor
9. What's the most vivid dream you can remember?
One dream I had as a young child that I remember well is where I was a spy in the 'Totally Spy' group (anyone remember that TV show because it was one my favourites?!) and as part of that dream I invented and used this awesome machine that I spent the next ten years, wishing for every birthday and any other opportunity I had to make a wish but sadly, I no longer remember what it did. I also never told anyone about the machine as I didn't want it to jinx the chance of it coming real.
10. How would you describe your taste in fashion?
I love quite girly, cute, pretty clothes, particularly skirts and dresses and more recently, I'm a massive fan of cold shoulder tops.
11. What's one thing you hope to achieve whilst blogging?
Just to carry on growing my audience I guess and hopefully help and entertain people with my posts.

My Questions:
1. What is your favourite kind of exercise?
2. Share a memory from a holiday you've been on.
3. What is the last item of clothing you purchased? (Feel free to include a picture)
4. What do you hope to achieve by the end of 2016?
5. Where do you get most of your inspiration?
6. What is your best tip for saving or managing money?
7. Name an achievement you are proud of from the last year?
8. What is(are) your favourite physical feature(s) about yourself? (the more you mention the better, let's try to spread the self love!)
9. What three things can't you leave the house without?
10. What do you think is your best personality trait?
11. What is your favourite thing about blogging?

I Nominate:
1. Emma: https://emmsnow.blogspot.co.uk/
2. Nicole Marie: http://thriftyvintagefashion.blogspot.co.uk/
3. Amanda: http://theamandaway.blogspot.co.uk/
4. Megan: http://meganjmccracken.blogspot.co.uk/
5. Lucy: https://lolarainxx.wordpress.com/

I hope you enjoyed reading this post, it was fun answering Severina's questions. If I've tagged you, let me know when your post is up as I'd love to give it a read, I hope you enjoy answering my questions. Let me know what you thought in the comments and give my social media links a follow if you want to see when I next upload. Thank you for reading this post.

Love, Steph x
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Boutique Of Molly Review: 'Leena' and 'Ariella'

I recently read Hattie's review of Boutique Of Molly, showing a gorgeous skater dress that she purchased from the site. After loving the dress, I had a browse of the website and loved the items I found. As I did all this on my phone whilst in college, I didn't get to have a proper look but couldn't wait to admire the items on the site when I got home. During this time, the brand kindly contacted me to see if I would be interested in reviewing some items from their store, which of course, I jumped at the chance to do.
'Leena' Wrap Front Lace Trim Playsuit £39.95
There were several items I struggled to choose between but the main contenders were two playsuits. As I'm so tall, playsuits and jumpsuits can be one of the hardest things to find that actually fit, unless you get one from a tall range but then your options are extremely limited! I have tried so many playsuits in my time and had to return them because they didn't quite fit right. This is why I was a little hesitant to purchase a playsuit from Boutique Of Molly but their designs were too darn beautiful to miss out on. I also saw that the model in the image was 5ft8 so I figured a few more inches would be fine. Luckily the risk paid off and it fits nicely.

I love the lace detailing around the edges, especially where it wraps at the front and along the bottom of the shorts. The trumpet sleeves also make it quite different from a lot I've seen out there and add another great feature to the item. I also love the colours and pattern of the playsuit. All in all, I think it's going to get a lot of wear, especially as it can be worn from day to night! I must admit, I am very excited to wear this outfit!
'Ariella' Self Tie Halter Neck Maxi Dress £39.95
As I was browsing the site, I saw a maxi dress that I thought my mum would be interested in for her holiday. After showing it to her, it was soon added to the basket. I have no doubt in my mind that I too will be wearing this dress over Summer as it is gorgeous and a style that not only looks great but is actually really comfortable (and seeing as she's borrowing my playsuit for the holiday, I'm sure she won't mind)! I love the fit of the dress as well as the pattern which is so Summery and beautiful that it would look amazing during the day or night in the Summer sun on holiday (or at home). The only thing I'd say about this one is, it's difficult to wear with a bra so although it can be worn very easily with a halter neck bikini or without anything, if you don't want to do either of these things, I'd recommend you look at the umpteen other gorgeous dresses on the site instead. Other than that, this dress is perfect.

I am very happy with the two items I picked up from Boutique Of Molly and look forward to picking up some more things in the near future. I highly recommend checking out the website as they ship worldwide, have some amazing, high quality clothes for a low price and for any tall people who, like me, struggle to find a nice, affordable playsuit that fits, I can almost guarantee you'll find something ideal!

To keep up with Boutique Of Molly and their new stock, you can follow their twitter or instagram!

I also want to thank my mum and Gemma for taking the photos and for directing me ;)

Thank you for reading this post, I hope you've enjoyed seeing what I bought and possibly discovered a new website to browse. Let me know what you thought in the comments and if you want to see more posts, make sure you're following my social media links to see when I next upload!

Love, Steph x
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