2016 Highlights

2016 was an interesting year... it had a great deal of crappy, difficult and heartbreaking moments but we made it through and all I can hope is that 2017 hands out a better set of cards. Having said that, it's important to focus on the positives and the happy moments and fortunately there were a few of those too! Here are my highlights from 2016...

  • University- One of the biggest changes in my life this year was starting university, moving away from home and taking on that adventure. It definitely didn't have the easiest of starts but by the end of my first term, I was really enjoying it and had a much better overall experience. You can see the change in my feelings/attitudes towards uni in my blog post from week one compared to my post and my video reflecting on the first term. Some particular highlights from uni would be decorating the room, which was fun to do and I think, looks really nice, meeting Cally and Kim, spending time with my flatmates both in and out of the flat, especially around Christmas and learning new skills to hopefully help with a career in journalism!
  • Learning to snowboard- Linking to university, I also had the opportunity to learn to snowboard and I loved it. It was the activity at the top of my bucket list and although I don't think I'm good at it, I think with time, I will get there and I now know the basics to keep practising in order to improve! 
  • Spending time with grandma- If you aren't already aware, we lost my grandma in August this year, which was obviously a sad and difficult time but prior to that, I enjoyed spending a lot of time with her. For a lot of this year, I'd see her most days of the week whether for a brief sitting or a day's outing. One day I particularly enjoyed was our trip to Coventry to show her around the city I'd be staying in. We had a lovely day and I'm really glad she got to see it as she obviously hasn't been able to since I moved. In addition, I feel like I saw the family more this year, which is a silver lining, and myself, mum and Jenni have done quite a lot together in particular, which has been really lovely!
  • Mallorca- In April, I had a lovely week in Mallorca with my best friend and her family. There were several funny, memorable moments but overall, it was a lovely relaxing week.
  • 5 Seconds of Summer- Seeing 5SOS with Jess was a lot of fun and as expected, they put on a great show. I always love seeing them perform live as it seems more raw and laidback in production, focusing purely on the music!
  • Runa visiting- Another lovely week, was when Runa came to stay with me and got to experience university life before celebrating my birthday!
  • Kinder Scout- Climbing Kinder Scout was an interesting experience! I have a fear of open air heights so climbing the mountain was a big challenge for me, not to mention the difficulty of it in terms of fitness. There were moments of pure fear and worry but all in all, I had a lovely day and some great company. I'm proud of what we managed to accomplish and look forward to setting more challenges to complete next year.
  • Blog hitting 40,000 reads (not long after hitting 30,000)- I set an end of year goal to reach 40,000 reads and managed to get that before Christmas, which is incredible. I know it may not seem that many to some people but to me, it's insane, so thank you so much to everyone who reads my blog! 
  • Boutique of Molly- I've really enjoyed buying and reviewing BOM products this year, it's always fun picking something out and then creating the photos, so I'm sure you'll be seeing more reviews in 2017!
  • Severina- This year, I formed a great friendship with Sev, she's so lovely and supportive and I always love talking to her. It's also great to see her having such a positive uni experience, which I hope continues as she deserves the best.

  • Sidmouth- Sidmouth was an emotional trip, full of highs and lows but it was amazing to spend such a significant moment with the majority of the family. I only recently uploaded a post on this trip, so if you're interested in reading more about that, you can do so here.
  • Christmas- Once again, I had a lovely Christmas, very family orientated. I always love having a busy Christmas day with the family and this year was no different, we had a lot of fun and laughs and although it was missing someone, it was a lovely celebration.  
I'm sure there were other notable moments in 2016 but these are the ones that spring to mind. I hope you had a good year and are looking forward to a fresh start in 2017. I have my 2017 goals coming at the weekend, so make sure you come back to have a read of them. Let me know what your highlight of 2016 has been. Thank you for reading this post, if you enjoyed it and want to see more from me, you can follow my social media links in the top right-hand corner to see when I next upload.

Love, Steph x
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The Christmas Tag

Merry Christmas!!! I couldn't not upload a Christmas tag this week, and what better time to do it than Christmas day itself!

1. Have you ever gone Christmas carolling?
I have memories of my brother and I carolling with my cousins near where they lived on several occasions but I don't remember much about it. I also used to be in the school choir so we did sing some carols in various places with them.
2. Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?
Never! I never have and never plan to!
3. What holiday traditions are you looking forward to most this year?
We always do more or less the same thing on Christmas day, which I always look forward to- I don't like when that changes! My brother and I get up early (way too early for most people but I cannot get to sleep on Christmas eve nor can I sleep in in the morning!), we have presents in my mum and dad's room and then chill for a bit. We get ready, go downstairs for the presents under the tree and then my grandparents come for an hour or so just for a drink and chat. For years, my other grandparents would come for Christmas dinner, which changed to just my grandma who stopped over Christmas eve after we lost my grandad and then this year we've got my auntie and uncle round for dinner. At about 3 the rest of my mums side of the family comes round for a buffet and the slightly more recent addition of a quiz! Santa comes and visits, bringing presents for the children and we have a lovely time in a busy household of 25!
4. Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
Always real. If we have a fake tree, it's in addition, but I love going and picking out a tree and then being able to smell the fresh scent whenever I'm near the Christmas tree.
5. What is your favourite Christmas film?
How the Grinch stole Christmas... hands down. I do also love The Holiday but The Grinch is number one.
6. What is your favourite Christmas song?
Merry Christmas Everyone by Shakin' Stevens and then Merry Christmas Everybody by Slade.
7.  Do you peek at gifts or like to be surprised?
I never try to pick at gifts as it spoils the surprise and I like to have surprises on Christmas day. I think I've seen one or two before Christmas day in previous years but it always makes me disappointed knowing it won't be a surprise anymore.
8. What is your favourite thing about Christmas?
Spending time with family as it's always very family orientated, especially on the actual day!
9. When do you start getting excited for Christmas?
Starts probably early November but it changes a bit each year.
10. What tops your tree?
We switch it up but this year we have stars on both.
11. As a kid, has a sibling ever received a present that you wish was for you?
None come to mind but I'm sure they probably have at some point. I always like seeing what he gets and often like them myself but I'm also always very happy with my own gifts so I wouldn't want to swap them.
12. Most memorable Holiday moment?
The first Christmas in our new house, my grandma tripped up the step into the dining room and hit her head on the corner of the marble table and had to be rushed off to hospital in an ambulance. It was a horrible moment that I'll remember, probably forever, but it was definitely the most memorable! A lot of traditions changed that day... it's probably why I like sticking to tradition where possible now!
13. Do you make New Year's resolutions? Do you stick to them?
I often make goals for the year rather than resolutions so I can try and work towards them and have an aim for the year rather than things I want to change, although this varies each year. I try to stick to them as much as I can but it doesn't always work.
14. You have been granted one Christmas wish, what will it be?
A selfish one would be to have grandma and grandad for one more Christmas but the one I would go for would be for everyone in the world to have a peaceful, happy, healthy day, even if it's just the one day as I think the world needs some love and joy at the moment and there are so many people in awful situations!

I hope you have a fabulous day and spend it doing what you enjoy, with those you love. If you enjoyed this post, don't forget to follow my social media links to see when I next upload. Thank you for reading this post and thank you for reading and watching my content this week!

Love, Steph x
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Boutique Of Molly Review: 'Venice' and 'Moscow'

When purchasing my 'Nancy' top last week (review here), I also purchased a new bag from Boutique Of Molly. The company also kindly sent me the matching purse, which I think makes an outfit that little bit more pulled together.

I really like the chequered pattern of the brown and black, neutral shades, which makes it a nice accessory with any outfit. Brown and black always compliment an outfit individually so the two together is no different.
The purse is a good size with two main compartments and a removable strap. I'd even consider taking just the purse with the strap out for the evening as a sort of clutch bag as I think I could fit my phone, money and essentials in, and I believe it would make a nice accessory. It has room for cards, a separate zip pocket for cash and plenty of room for my receipts that often pile up until I go through them! The zips have a heart shaped hole in, which is such a simple feature but one that that I think looks really pretty.
The barrel shape and medium to large size makes it easy to carry everything you'd need for a day out. It wouldn't quite be big enough for a college/uni bag as I don't think you could fit a folder in but if you only need a few bits and bobs that are a bit smaller, I'm sure it could be an option. I'm yet to try my MacBook in there but if that fits, it will make things a lot easier.

The zip on the outside of the bag is really useful for keeping items like my phone and lip salve in which I need to hand quite quickly. Therefore, it keeps things separate from the other items, preventing them from getting muddled and easy to access whenever I need them.
Inside is a section done up by a zip to help keep things separate and neat in your bag. Along the other side of the bag is a section to keep things separate but without a fastening as can be found in many a bag.
It has two handles that fit nicely in the elbow joint or your hands well, making it comfortable and pretty to wear. It also comes with a strap that can be removed or added to the bag as you please. Personally, I prefer it without the strap but I think the strap might come in handy when wearing it on my shoulder if it's heavier or needs to be carried around for longer. At least this way, I can pick and choose as I like.
I've already been using this bag every day this week so I'm sure it will get its fair share of use!

You can find the bag here, the purse here or you can have a browse of the store here.

I hope you enjoyed hearing about my other recent BOM purchase and my latest bag order, if you did, you can follow my social media links in the top right-hand corner to see when I next upload. I'm also uploading every day this week across my Blog and YouTube channel so make sure you subscribe here so you don't miss any! Thank you for reading this post.

Love, Steph x
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Day To Night 'Transition' Jewellery

Through out the Christmas season, there are always so many events on as I'm sure you've seen me mention a fair few times in my last couple of blog posts. For many, it can be a challenge deciding what to wear as a stand alone issue let alone finding an outfit to take you from day to night for those busy days! A simple way to combat this issue is to have jewellery available to carry you through!

AUrate New York have some lovely pieces that would make any outfit pop and transition well. They are on the pricier side but that's to be expected as you're paying for the high quality, organic, expensive material as would be the case with any good jewellery. I had a look and picked out some pieces that I think would work well at transitioning an outfit from day to night. They are an American company but do ship to the UK although, that does make it a lot more expensive, so if you are from the UK and want to avoid the shipping fees or custom fees, you could find something similar in a UK jewellery store however, they obviously won't be exactly the same as those in this post.

I think earrings can make a big difference to an outfit and it' overall allure. Bearing this in mind, I saw a couple of earrings on the website that I thought would be perfect.

1. Asymmetric pearl ear jacket $900
2. Diamond ear cuff earring $800
3. Flower climber $320
4. Geometric pearl earrings $550
5. Huggie earrings with white diamonds $480

I love medium to small sized hoop earrings and these diamond ones look adorable, they'd no doubt make the perfect accessory with any outfit and any occasion. The ear cuff and flower climber look like something a little different but so elegant and beautiful, I'd definitely love wearing them as a transition piece!
Necklaces are great at jazzing up an outfit or pulling one together. In this category, there were two I particularly liked...

6. Connected necklace $350
7. Gold bar necklace $400

I love how both of these necklaces are quite simple but so beautiful and delicate that they couldn't help but suite any occasion!

8. Pearl anklet $280

Last but not least, I picked out this anklet, which I think is gorgeous and would really make an outfit look that little bit better and complete. It's so beautifully simple that you can't help but find it an ideal piece.

What jewellery do you like to use as a transition piece? I hope you enjoyed reading this post, if you did and want to see more from me, don't forget to follow my social media links in the top right-hand corner of my blog, especially as I'm uploading daily all week. Tomorrow's upload will be on my YouTube channel, so make sure you're subscribed to see that. Thank you for reading this post.

Love, Steph x
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Festive Celebrations

Of course the party season brings about celebrations in a variety of forms and this year seems to have been busier than ever already!

I thoroughly enjoyed my first Christmas celebration of the year in the form of our flat party, decorations lighting up the room beautifully and a variety of music to enjoy ranging from chart stuff, Christmas songs to High School Musical and as the one in control, I was pleased to see a number of people also singing along word for word to the High School Musical tracks... a truly magical moment!
The following morning we also had our Christmas dinner with crackers, gifts and games... the full works! It was a lovely end to the term, to enjoy each other's company without worrying about other work or commitments.

The weekend just gone, we had another lovely weekend celebrating my dad's birthday, so on Saturday night we had four of his friends/family over for an 80s meal with old records on dad's new record player, which he got for his birthday. I'm sure this excited him a little too much and that excitement seemed to grow throughout the evening particularly as he had to adjust the volume a few times during a game. The game of pick sticks (pick a stick and it has either a dare, charade, joke, description or song for you to do) definitely became a competition between Vicky and Paul who both really wanted to win and did not hold back from showing their competitive side!

After the lovely evening, we finished dad's birthday celebrations at my grandparents with another interesting game of charades, where I then showed my competitive side... although it worked as our team won!

To start the festive celebrations this week, my cousins came around and we took a trip to the Nottingham Winter Wonderland. It was a really fun afternoon/evening. Starting in the Ice Bar, which was smaller than I expected and they weren't the quickest or most efficient at serving drinks but it was fun nonetheless and a good experience that I'd recommend trying if you get the option to. I wasn't that cold myself but it was certainly cold in the room. We then had a browse of the market stalls, enjoying the food they had on offer, including the french pancakes and chocolate fruit pots.

My favourite moment of the evening was on the ice... I love so many winter sports and ice skating is no different! I remember ice skating for the first time with two of my cousins, me being held by the older one, whilst I struggled to stand up, as the other cousin (a couple of years older than me) flew around the ice rink. To then take my second cousins and try and help them (one of which had been once before) years later was really nice. Both did really well with the older one rivalling (or surpassing) my brother's skills.

To finish the evening, we had the best taxi ride I've ever had with coloured lights and loud music... perfect way to finish the night. Although, I now never want any other taxi!
So far, it's all been a lot of fun and I'm definitely looking forward to the events throughout the rest of the week and of course, finishing with the best day of all... Christmas day!

What have you been doing to celebrate?  Have you got anything exciting coming up this week, apart from Christmas day? I hope you enjoyed hearing about my Christmas events so far. If you did and want to see more, you can follow my social media links in the top right-hand corner to see when I next upload. Don't forget I'm uploading everyday this week so make sure you're following me and are subscribed to my YouTube channel ready for Thursday's upload over there. Thank you for reading this post.

Love, Steph x
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Boutique Of Molly Review: 'Nancy'

It's the week leading up to Christmas, can you believe it? In celebration of Christmas, I'm going to be uploading every day alternating between my blog and my YouTube channel, so make sure you're following my social media links and are subscribed to my channel to ensure you don't miss any!
I made possibly my favourite purchase so far from Boutique Of Molly: the 'Nancy' cold shoulder zip top and I couldn't wait to tell you about it.

I absolutely love the cold shoulder trend and have done for the majority of 2016, so have a number of tops in my wardrobe of the style. However, this one is long sleeved, which I thought made it look a nice alternative to the ones I currently own. When it arrived, I was not disappointed and it has become my favourite purchase from BOM.

I tend to be someone who reaches for colour rather than dark or monotone clothing but more recently, there've been a number of black items that I've thought looked nice so have bought and enjoyed wearing... this one is no different.
I love the bows at the cuffs of the sleeves as they add a pretty, something special to the top. As does the gold zip which can be adjusted to your desired height, making it ideal for anyone. I'm also a huge fan of the material itself, which is quite a thick, durable but stretchy material making it fit really nicely. It's a crepe fabric so it is really soft and silky... a definite bonus in my eyes!

I was worried the long sleeves wouldn't fit my arms as a lot tend not to but thanks to the cold shoulder style, it fits perfectly and can probably fit a lot of different arm lengths simply by adjusting the placement of the gaps.
I know that I'll be getting lots of wear out of this over the festive season and I'm sure that will continue into the new year as it's so easy to wear dressed up or down depending on the occasion!

You can find this top on the BOM site here or you can have a browse of the products they have here as I'm sure you'll find something pretty for the Christmas period if you're yet to find that perfect outfit!

I hope you enjoyed reading this post, if you did and want to see more from me, you can follow my social media links to see when I next upload. Don't forget to come back again tomorrow for another blog post! Thanks for reading this post.

Love, Steph x
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First Term At University: Uni Update

I am back home for Christmas, ready to make the most of the festive season among family and friends, enjoying my month (ish) off university! As I write this, I'm in my cosy bed hoodie with my heavenly Christmas candle burning, in my lovely warm bed and it's making me very happy!

A week ago, I uploaded a video talking through my first term experience at university but as I just talked about it pretty much off the top of my head, I think some elements might have been missed or brushed over quickly. Therefore, I wanted to create a post to go along side it so if you've seen the video or want to watch the video (here), you can do so as there will be slightly different information in each but if you'd rather just read the post, that's also fine.

Flat
I think this is the aspect that I like most about university, particularly in comparison to my expectations, as my room is as spacious as a uni room could be... if it fits all of my stuff in, it can't be that bad! I like the darker wooden furniture as to me, that makes it seem a little less cheap or more sophisticated than some of the light wooden furniture found in most uni halls I've seen. The ensuite room is a decent size although for someone with long arms, washing your hair in the shower isn't the easiest of tasks. My only issue with my room is that my window has been broken since I moved in, so for a whole term, I haven't been able to open it, which also put me off using the radiator as I didn't want to make the room really hot and be unable to cool it down. Hopefully, when I go back this issue will be fixed but only time will tell. As for the kitchen/lounge area, I like how modern it is, which makes it easy to use and it has plenty of space for all of us to be in there at the same time, which is always nice. Having the TV in the kitchen also helps make it a friendly, sociable environment.

Regarding the people in my flat, I couldn't imagine living with anyone else. We all get on really well, the kitchen area is always nice and clean apart from during or just after cooking, which is understandable. More often than not, there's someone to talk to whenever you want company. I spend a lot of time laughing but we're also able to have deeper, more serious chats as well. We've done things and gone out as a flat quite a bit and generally, there's little, if anything, that would make the flat situation better. Initially, I was worried when I realised it was all girls as you can sometimes get cattiness or division but it's been great so far and I can't see that changing in the future. I'm sure I'll miss our daily chats and laughs whilst I'm back home as well, which I didn't expect when I first moved away.
I love how this photo sums up our personalities and relationship...

Course: Journalism
The course isn't exactly as I imagined but I'm not entirely sure how it differs, I just know that it does. It definitely helps you to practise skills in a hands-on manner, across a variety of platforms and styles of journalism, which is both useful and interesting. However, most of the hands-on bit is done in one day of the week, so that one day always seems so long and full of information compared to the others, which have been more theory based. It sometimes feels a little overwhelming, like you should know more than you do or do more than you do but I think this is the same across a lot of courses and a lot of universities. I also take shorthand as an add+vantage module (a module not part of your course), which is interesting and will definitely be a good extra skill to have as a journalist. 

As part of our course, we have to take part in news weeks, which occurred a couple of weeks ago and was successful given that it was our first news week and still pretty early on in the course but it was definitely challenging and frustrating at times. This news week focused on radio, so it wasn't the area I'm most interested in or comfortable doing but it was really interesting and opened my mind up to that aspect of journalism a bit more. Within the week, I ended up visiting a number of different places looking for stories and getting opinions, which pushed me out of my comfort zone a lot but has definitely helped to teach me more skills and give me a little more confidence in these areas. 
After our busy news week, we had my favourite day of the term. We received feedback in the morning and then had a ‘wrap party’ with a two truths and a lie kahoot about the people on our course and food and drink to wash it down with. It was a really fun day, talking to some people I don’t talk to that much, a bit more and generally jut having a fun, festive day.

The people on my course, for the most part, are great. There are few people I’ve spoken to and dislike and generally, the people that I don’t talk to much, when I do then talk to them, I get on with them and can enjoy the conversation.
Cally was one of, if not the first person I spoke to on the course and she was definitely the person I befriended first. Since then, I’d say she’s become a good friend and I really enjoy spending time with her. Along the way, we also made friends with Kim but I don’t remember exactly how. Again, she’s become a good friend that I could see remaining that way for many years and we seem to agree on so many things as we’re very similar people! If all goes to plan, the three of us, along with some of my flat, will be living together next year so I’m also looking forward to that.

Since starting the course, it’s helped confirm that I’d love to go into journalism, more specifically print journalism, but it’s also confirmed for me that there’s a narrow area within journalism that I want to go into as I don't want to compromise my ethical standards. 

Independence
Surprisingly, I enjoy cooking for myself each day and being able to go to the shop and pick out exactly what I want, ready to cook it exactly how I want. So far, there hasn’t been a day that I’ve not wanted to cook for myself, so I generally eat quite well. Although, I have eaten a heck of a lot of fruit since starting university in September, particularly watermelon.

Cleaning is never the most fun activity but I haven’t really minded doing it so far as it’s just a case of cleaning up after yourself which isn’t that difficult or time consuming as long as you keep up to date with it all. I know some university halls offer cleaning services either in the communal areas or in the rooms as well but we don’t have any of them available, which isn’t a problem for me as it’s not that challenging to do myself.

Although I’m at a city university, I do have my car with me, which I decided to do after the challenges of the first couple of weeks. I think having this definitely helps make things easier and happier as I can go and get my food shopping whenever I want to and have more choice about where to go so it’s more affordable and I can carry more stuff as it’s a shorter distance. It’s also useful for going to the gym as I kept my gym membership but the closest one is about half an hour from my university so I go on my days off and sometimes meet my mum there. However, the main reason I have my car and the thing it comes in most handy for, is for getting home as I go home every other weekend or so depending on what I have on at uni and at home. I like having the option to get back whenever I want or need to as it means I have options and know I can see my family more often. I definitely miss my family a lot when I’m away but I can make the most of my time at university and then come home and make the most of my time with my family as well.
I didn’t join any societies this term as I signed up for skiing/snowboarding and then changed my mind as I didn’t really want to go to the social nights every fortnight and didn’t feel as though I could just go to the slopes. However, I might consider it in 2017 depending on my other options as I did have snowboarding lessons for 6 weeks instead, which I really enjoyed and may have the opportunity to carry those on. I’ve wanted to learn to snowboard for years and it’s the activity at the top of my bucket list, so I was really happy when I got the opportunity to do it and I successfully learnt how to snowboard, although I’m not good at it yet… hopefully with some practise, I'll be a decent boarder!

Overall, it was a good first term and improved a lot after the first couple of weeks, which were incredibly difficult. I definitely think my experience would be different if I didn’t have my family to support me, two great course mates (and other good course mates but two in particular) and four great flatmates that all help make my time at university fun and interesting. It’s definitely made me more excited about what 2017 at university holds.

I hope you enjoyed hearing about my experience, if you did and want to see more from me, you can follow my social media links in the top right-hand corner to seen when I next upload. Thank you for reading this post.


Love, Steph x
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Sidmouth: Saying Goodbye

'Families are like the stalks of a flower, they grow in different directions yet the root remains one.'

A fortnight ago, my family and I spent the weekend in Sidmouth over my grandparent's wedding anniversary. In a town like a home away from home for them, where they spent a lot of time throughout their lives, impacting on the lives of the generations below. For me, it was the first time I'd been to Sidmouth at an age I could remember, so it was lovely to explore the town so familiar by name but new to my memory and experiences. Being able to see where my grandparent's flat was, where my cousins spent their days with grandma and grandad and even where my grandad had his last meal was an interesting, exciting and sad experience.
The Saturday was spent visiting the town and enjoying a nosey into the beautiful shops, before tucking into a delicious meal. Sat together, it was nice to enjoy the company and the atmosphere despite the sad but warming reason we were all together. We shared a lot of laughs like normal and made the most of our evening in the hotel, keeping the bar open a little too long... but it was a fun and funny night that I know helped make the weekend what it was.

On the Sunday, we were able to spread both my grandma and grandad's ashes on the top of Jacob's ladder, looking over the sea. Setting them free to fly and to return to us. After four years apart, they were reunited in time for my grandad's birthday and were set free together for their anniversary.
I hope they are happy to be back together and in a place so close to their hearts. I know they will remain with us, a part of our lives- the good and the bad times even though they cannot attend in person. As we all gather for Christmas, Easter, for future milestones and any other occasion, they will be dearly missed but we will be able to cherish the moments we did share and prepare to make new ones with a loving family that they created and maintained. So close to one another and always there to share moments with, the family would not be the same without their influence and we shall continue to be a tight knit family with grandma and grandad there in our hearts.
To say an 'official' goodbye is never easy but to feel as though they are free to fly and to share the moment as the children and grandchildren, is a moment I'm sure we will all cherish. Thank you to everyone who made the weekend what it was.

Thank you for reading this post. If you enjoyed it and want to see more from me, you can follow my social media links in the top right-hand corner to see when I next upload.

Love, Steph x
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November Favourites 2016

November has been a very busy month particularly with work for uni hence why this favourites is up so late and why my blog posts have been more irregular recently... sorry about that! I've now pretty much finished with uni for 2016 so I can shift my focus back to blogging and my YouTube channel. As a result, I will be uploading a bit more over both platforms.

Due to uni work, I haven't had that many new favourites this month but I do have a few to share with you as well as my music favourites that I discussed in a separate post here.
I'm a Celeb- *SPOILERS* I am gutted that this is now over for another year! Each night this has been on, I've spent a great deal of the day looking forward to watching that evening's episode. I love it every year but this is the first year I've liked all of the contestants even Martin who did get on my nerves at times but generally, I quite liked. From the start, I wanted Adam, Joel and Scarlet in the final so I was really happy when that happened and I really didn't mind who won. Ideally, I wanted it to be Joel or Scarlet and I think Scarlet will benefit from it more in terms of confidence in herself and it's nice knowing she grew up watching the program and then went on to win it. Of course, it wouldn't be complete without the Celebrity Cyclone and it didn't disappoint! It was hilarious and entertaining, much like the rest of the series.
Apple Music- As mentioned in a recent post, I subscribed to Apple Music in November and have loved having access to so many songs whenever I want them. It's particularly great for Christmas when I can download songs for the festive season and can free the space after Christmas without wasting any money.
Sidmouth- Last weekend, my family and I went to Sidmouth which was lovely but sad at the same time as we went to set my grandparents free and spread their ashes. It was obviously an emotional weekend but one I'll remember, hopefully forever! I won't talk about this much here as I have a separate post on this coming soon.
Sony Camera- I am in love with this camera! My parents got it for me for my birthday/Christmas and I've carried it around with me a heck of a lot since! It's made me want to film more, both vlogs and main videos and has made it easier to have a good quality camera to hand that can fit in most bags.
Uni hoody- This should really have featured in a favourites post a few months ago as I've lived in it since buying it my first week of uni. It's so comfy and cosy- the ideal size/fit, and the colour makes it a really cute thing to throw on when it's cold and I'm not doing much.
Snowboarding- Learning to snowboard has been the activity at the top of my bucket list for years. I love skiing and wish I could do it more often but for a long time, I've wanted to try out boarding and hopefully take to it enough and enjoy it enough to switch between the two sports. My uni had the option to pay for 6 lessons, one a week, at Tamworth snowdome either skiing or snowboarding. Of course, I made the most of the opportunity and throughout November, I've been enjoying my lessons. I had my last one this week, which I'm a bit sad about but they're hopefully going to be doing something similar in 2017 and the lesson went pretty well. I don't think I'm good at all but I improved massively from the previous weeks and managed to do some turns successfully (as well as some not so successfully!) I also fell over more this week but got up a lot easier and I think it was more due to trying harder things than not doing very well in general. It was a lot of fun, especially seeing the progression, so I'm looking forward to developing the skill when and where I can.
Max Factor 3 in 1 Face Finity- My skin has been awful with breakouts the past week so rather than my usual light coverage powder foundation, I've been reaching for my Max Factor Face Finity, which does a much better job at covering imperfections (although not as much as I needed), whilst remaining quite lightweight in its feeling on the skin. As much as I love wearing lighter or less makeup most of the time to let my skin breathe a bit more, this has been ideal for a heavier coverage.
Benefit They're Real and Maybelline Lash Sensational- These are the two mascaras I've reached for on a daily basis throughout November. I don't like either of them on their own that much but together, I think they work nicely in lengthening my lashes and making them look like a prettier, blacker version of my natural lashes.
Victoria's Secret Pure Seduction- This body spray is gorgeous! It smells incredible both as a perfume and also in your room after you've sprayed it. Most of the time that my room smells really nice, it's down to this spray. I'm definitely going to have to get some more when this runs out as well as trying out a few other scents at some point.
Benefit High Beam- I've been loving the highlight this month. It's often something I'm not too fussed about but when I do use a highlighter, I always end up loving it. This one is a liquid one, which can be a bit harder to blend and therefore, more streaky but I still think it gives a nice glow and finish to a makeup look, making it worth the extra blending time.

That completes my November favourites, I hope you've enjoyed this post. Let me know what you've been loving in the comments. If you enjoyed it and want to see more from me, you can follow my social media links in the top right-hand corner to see when I next upload. Thank you for reading this post.

Love, Steph x
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