'Summer Body' Dread

Isn't it a shame that simple words such as 'summer body', 'bikini body' or even 'heatwave' can cause such dread and anxiety for so many people! A wave of fear and nerves coming over you, forcing you to decide what's better; getting your legs out or melting in the 28 degree heat! Then, once deciding to brave the shorts, you spend the day worrying about what people are thinking; worrying about the size of your thighs or about the marks down your legs. The reality is, none of it actually matters and most people wouldn't think twice about your outfit- in fact, they're more likely to think positively than negatively. Unfortunately, that feeling still doesn't go away! Within a few seconds of seeing a stranger, we forget what they look like anyway so really that should comfort us and make life easier?!

It's so easy to look at the people around you and appreciate their beauty, believing they're either confident in their skin or should be... chances are, they aren't as confident as they come across or have had a struggle to reach that point if they are. We all look at others and admire their beauty so why can't we do it to ourselves!
A day can feel so much better when you walk out, confident in your outfit, but that doesn't mean it's the only time you look awesome! Sometimes the only thing you can do is say 'screw it' and walk out that door with the reassuring thought that you look flippin' incredible, even if you don't believe it at the time! Tell yourself it often enough and you might just start to believe it! Yes, some days will always be harder than others but overall, it might just do you the world of good.

If you see someone else in an outfit that you think looks great... tell them! It might not seem like much at the time but if they're having a crappy day in terms of confidence, it could make all the difference.

One key moment sticks in my mind when I think about this topic... 
Last year, I uploaded a post about a couple of dresses from Boutique Of Molly, one of which, was this red one. That day, I was not feeling confident in any way shape or form and hated taking the pictures feeling that way. I didn't like the pictures that were taken at all but didn't want my own thoughts to stop me from uploading the blog post. After uploading the pictures to my blog and my instagram, I received a number of positive comments, which was probably exactly what I needed. Not only did I ignore the negative inner voice but I also got a great reaction in return. It was such a simple thing for people to do but made such a big difference to my thoughts and feelings about the outfit. And now look... I've used the pictures in another post- take that, insecurities!

It's great not to have to rely on other people's comments to make you feel confident or somewhat confident but it certainly helps whilst you're working towards that point as well as giving a boost even if you don't need it as such.

What are your thoughts on body confidence and 'summer bodies', let me know in the comments! If you enjoyed this post and want to see more from me, you can follow my social media in the top right-corner. Thanks for reading.

Love, Steph x
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Life Update: Finishing First Year

I'm back... 

I know I've not been anywhere near as consistent since starting university and have stopped altogether the past month but things have been a little busy and a lot stressful. With a new project to work on each week, it's not left a great deal of time for other things. Plus, everything else also seems to have happened in May adding to the busyness. However, first year has now officially finished and I'm back to having days to myself, to get back into blogging and writing generally.
One lesson I can definitely say I've learnt this term and the past month has been my stress indicators and hopefully decent ways to deal with said stress, although that hasn't always run smoothly! I've also learnt that I'm not one to step back in order to try and avoid the stress and just half-ass the project. I always think 'if a job is worth doing, it's worth doing well' and so even in a group setting, I'm reluctant to take a back seat as I want to ensure something is as high a standard as it can be. As annoying as this can be for others, although I do try to avoid that where possible, it's more annoying for me! I suppose it works out in the end as it tends to pay off most of the time but it's not without struggle.
Another key thing I've discovered, or rather... been reassured about, is my enjoyment and love for creative projects and in particular, magazines. As time-consuming and difficult as it was to create a zine and a magazine in a week without having prior knowledge of the software was one of my favourite parts. I was able to learn as I went along, attempting to create what I had in my head through trial and error and I'm actually pretty happy with the outcome, although it has plenty of room for improvement. It was great to see the pages come to life after hours of work and to write in the specific style for a younger audience that I would love to do again and again, possibly as a career?!

It's definitely been a month of learning a lot and attempting to be as creative as possible but it's also been a fun month. I spent a weekend away for my cousins birthday and had an amazing time with some lovely people, which was a great way to unwind!

As for now, I'm a little sad that first year is over and it'll be odd not seeing people from uni over Summer but I'm excited to be off and to get on with my Summer plans as it'll hopefully be a very exciting one!
I hope you've had a good month and are looking forward to the Summer, whenever that begins for you. Let me know what plans you have! I hope you enjoyed this post and are looking forward to more regular posting again. Thanks for reading this post, if you enjoyed it and want to see more, you can follow my social media links in the top right-hand corner.

Love, Steph x

P.S. If you want to hear about my first year of university, you can watch my video on that below...
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Boutique of Molly Review: 'Florence'

What a regular occurrence this has become... anyone would think I loved the brand! ;) I had been eyeing up this gorgeous little bag from Boutique of Molly ever since it was released but held off buying any more accessories as long as I could. However, by the time payday rolled around, I couldn't help but treat myself!

Florence £30 

The colour alone is right up my street and goes with 90% of the things I own... is it obvious I like pink? I adore the way the pale pink compliments the gold chain and detailing, making a beautiful combination.
The envelope style is nothing like any bag I previously owned and makes a gorgeous clutch style accessory. Although it's worth nothing, it does also come with a removable adjustable shoulder/cross body strap if you prefer that, making for versatile use.
As much as I'd love to wear it daily, it's shape and style does limit what I could carry and therefore, isn't ideal for everyday use unless I want the shapes of items to stick out, but for an evening where I need to carry a lot less, it's perfect! With 3 main pockets and the potential for more, as well as 2 smaller slip pockets attached, it's got plenty of opportunities to carry the stuff you need, all in neat, separate compartments... because that's what my bag is always like- not! (As much as I start with the intention of keeping a neat, organised bag, it just never lasts long! If anyone does have this skill nailed, please tell me your secret!)
The faux leather exterior and the suede looking material compliment each other nicely and make the bag stand out even more!
It's no wonder this bag is a bestseller but fortunately, it is currently back in stock, so make sure you get your hands on it soon if you want it! You can use the code 'STEPH20' to get 20% off on this bag or anything else you might fancy on the website. Let me know what you decide to purchase if you do order anything!

Thank you for reading this post, I hope you enjoyed it. If you did and you 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 and subscribe to my YouTube channel to watch my chat about a variety of topics... at 6pm tonight, I have my second university update (and this one's maybe a little too honest?!).

Love, Steph x
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Vidcon Europe 2017

If you follow my social media or subscribe to my YouTube channel (you totally should if you haven't already ;) then you're probably well acquainted with the fact that I went to Vidcon and possibly want me to shut up about! If that is the case, this probably isn't the post for you but for anyone who may not be as familiar with it and those that are interested in hearing about the weekend and all the highlights, here is a post for you (and one I'm sure I'll frequently return to)!

So first of all (unapologetic self plug), I vlogged the whole weekend, which you can see in three long, chatty videos below. I filmed a lot of footage from Q&As, panels and performances that I wanted to keep in to watch back but if you aren't interested in watching those bits, you can skip as you wish.

Jack Maynard Creator Chat

Talking to Jack for an hour, along with 11 other creators was such an incredible experience. It was great to talk to people from different backgrounds, with different size and types of channels, and of course to the man himself, Jack Maynard. He was as funny, relaxed and generally nice as in his videos, which was great to see, making the chat a lot more comfortable and enjoyable. Not only were we able to discuss his content and YouTube experience but he also took the time to find out about ours, allowing us to chat through all things YouTube! It was lovely to be able to hear from other smallish creators and I've since found a few of them to watch.

Meeting YouTubers: Saffron Barker, Anastasia (Floral Princess) and Evan Edinger

A noticeable thing about Vidcon and the YouTubers there was their down to earth, friendly attitude. From my experience seeing them on stage, in Q&As and in a smaller, more direct setting, there wasn't the feeling that they were on a higher pedestal than everybody else, we were all there to experience Vidcon together and learn from each other. As nerve-wracking as it would be going up to people you watch regularly, they would have a normal conversation with you, reminding you how human they are and that they've just done great things through hard work and dedication, which is great motivation for a small creator. On a more specific level, Saffron and Anastasia were so lovely and spoke to us for a lot longer than I expected (If you watched my second vlog (above), you'll have seen them feature), Saffron was so bubbly when talking to my vlog and was really supportive about it when I mentioned not having as much confidence, which was amazing to hear! They both also gave great hugs! I loved meeting them together as I actually found them both at the same time in a collab and have since loved their videos, watching every single one of Saffron's vlogs! The only frustrating thing was me not telling them any of that as I was concentrating so hard on not coming across as a fangirl that I just didn't mention their videos at all. They both looked amazing and I had a great time talking to them about Vidcon and what it had to offer. Evan was also really lovely to talk to although I felt more awkward as I didn't want to miss the opportunity to meet him so kind of stood awkwardly listening to him to talk to someone else so I could then just say hi, although after talking for a bit, he suddenly directed the conversation my way, catching me off guard so I had no real idea what to say and kind of stumbled over my words, although I did manage to get something audible out. After chatting for a bit, he then hugged us and left, leaving me annoyed by my awkwardness but happy that I'd actually gone over and wouldn't regret having not done it for ages afterwards.

Panels

Every panel we attended was not only incredibly informative and helpful (although a couple weren't necessarily relevant to our channels), but also entertaining and made for a great way to spend the hour. It was such a lovely way to hear from various big YouTubers, many of which I watch on a regular basis, to get their experience and have the opportunity to ask them questions. The small venue for each of these made it a lot more intimate and inviting rather than having a large Q&A among hundreds of people. Even the community events seemed smaller and more chilled than I expected or have seen in videos from the American conventions, which was really lovely and made things more enjoyable, particularly as it felt a lot easier and more comfortable for someone who doesn't cope well with large crowds!

Keynote

The keynote speeches and performance were brilliant! They made the perfect end to such a busy, informative, fun day and summed everything up nicely. Hearing in short from a number of creators as well as watching a few performances was great. My favourite moment being Jon Cozart's speech, which experienced technical difficulties but actually made the whole thing hilarious as he was able to be himself and make witty, dry comments that had me in stitches and unable to hold the camera still for long- if you haven't seen that yet, it's in my second vlog and is well worth a watch! Mamrie and Hannah Hart presented the event and were as funny and entertaining as in their videos- making me crack up between each speech. All in all, I had such a wonderful time and felt like I'd been to see a comedy show with added performances and information all relevant to me and my interests. We also got to hang out in the lounge and enjoy some food for a little while after, which was a nice wrap up for day one.

Vlogging Freely 

Being surrounded by people all with one common interest was such a wonderful feeling and helped make things so much more comfortable and exciting. I love vlogging and having those videos to look back on in the future but I'm not very confident in talking to a camera in front of other people, especially in a public setting where anybody could see but it was a much smaller concern in Amsterdam, and at Vidcon in particular, as so many other people were doing a similar thing. It normalised it and made it easy to just whip out the camera and chat freely. I loved that feeling and really hope it doesn't disappear altogether now I'm back!

Final Show

The final show on Sunday was everything I'd hoped it would be and more! We were able to watch YouTubers do the sorts of things we normally see in videos in a much closer, better setting. It had me laughing no end of times as well as just grinning away for the rest of it. A highlight from the show was Jon Cozart singing 'After Ever After' which I absolutely adore and frequently sing in place of the classic versions as well as his 'YouTube culture' song, which I'd not heard before but loved and found incredibly funny, with plenty of home truths regarding YouTube. The whole show made the perfect ending for Vidcon and had so many notable moments!

Booking

Not directly related to Vidcon but the whole weekend was booked individually ie. event tickets, plane tickets and airbnb all booked separately but it actually worked out! Having never been away without a parent or guardian before apart from when staying with my friend and therefore not needing to book accommodation or anything, it was not easy to book everything and make sure it all worked out but somehow it did. I'd also kept in touch with the airbnb host to make sure everything would be okay and find out as much as I needed to about our trip before hand, which helped make things easier. Although we got ripped off by the taxi, we made it to the bnb relatively problem free and I'm happy we did actually manage to get in a taxi and make it there quite quickly. It also taught me several lessons, including not identifying yourself as a new tourist in the area, as well as the fact that ubers are a better option (I'd never got an uber before and had no idea how it worked or where they had them so I never thought it would be an option for getting to our accommodation). Plus, I think I handled the taxi situation well as I made it clear I'd texted both my parents and the host to let them know we were on our way and I had my location in case anything happened (I think Cally also did) and although we should have got a different taxi, we had no idea where we needed to go and would have had the same thing happen in any taxi as soon as they knew we'd not been before. I had really wanted to challenge the price but didn't want an argument with a stranger so late at night when all our stuff was in the back of the car and he knew where we were staying- sometimes paying is just the best option. Nevertheless, we got there okay and ended up in a nice bnb close to the centre, even if it had a lot of narrow, steep stairs!

Kim and Cally

To have spent the weekend with two friends that I didn't know 6 months ago is so crazy to me. Looking at the start of uni to now... to have formed those friendships and to have shared the Vidcon experience with them is amazing and I hope we have more things like this in the future.

Thank you for reading this lengthy, chatty post, I hope you enjoyed hearing about my Vidcon weekend! Don't forget you can subscribe to my YouTube channel to see when I upload and to have a look at my Vidcon vlogs. After this post, the Vidcon mentions will stop (most probably) but I had such an incredible, motivational weekend that I wanted to put it all into written words, highlighting some of my favourite moments. If you enjoyed this post 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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March Favourites 2017

Once again, I'm late with my monthly favourites post, I'm really sorry! I had this ready last week and completely forgot to upload it so it's now even later but I've finally done it! I've also slacked with my posting schedule lately, which has simply been down to the amount I've had to do including a lot of assignments at uni all around the same time. However, with Easter breaks, I'm hoping to upload more, commencing from next week, both on here and on my YouTube channel, so make sure you're subscribed to that! I'm also uploading everyday for the next couple of days with Vidcon related content so check that out here. My first vlog went up yesterday!
As for my favourites, I have a few to share with you, most of which seem to have fallen in the Entertainment category again this month!

First of all, I want to give a shoutout to my new header and the amazing, talented individual behind it: Jemma! I have admired her designs for a while and was so pleased that she could create one for me. I wasn't sure exactly what I wanted initially as I kept changing my mind before asking her but I'm so happy with the result... I hope you guys like it too! I'm now working on tying everything together, with the fonts and images so my blog and YouTube channel can compliment each other nicely, so hopefully, you'll see that difference soon. If you want to have a read of Jemma's blog (highly recommend you do so), you can do so here and if you're interested in a design yourself, you can have a look here.

Riverdale- The show everyone and their dogs seems to be talking about! I have been loving watching this show and find myself excited for Friday every week, not only for the start of the weekend but also so I can watch more Riverdale- that break was not fun! I love so many of the characters and think the actors play them really well. It just seems to be the sort of show I adore; mystery, humour, drama, romance... the whole shebang!
Beauty and the Beast- I love this film way more than I probably should and after watching it twice already, I'd happily watch it again. I had high expectations for the film as Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast have always been my favourite Disney films along with Jasmine and Belle being my favourite princesses. I was pleasantly surprised when it not only met but surpassed all of my expectations. I don't think a film has ever caused such varied emotions and reactions throughout the film- I had a cycle of a joyful smile, bursts of laughter at the witty one-liners and tears; every time I thought I'd stopped crying, something else would make the tears fall again. The cast list is incredible and was expertly chosen, the costumes are stunning, especially Belle's dresses, and the songs are beautiful; I love the new variations of the old songs as well as the new songs altogether. If you haven't had chance to see this film yet, I wholeheartedly recommend you do!
Get Out- I enjoyed this film generally but was a little disappointed by its predictability. I like when a book or film surprises me, which seems to be quite rare at the moment... I have a habit of obsessing over stuff and trying to work it all out so that I get a temporary relief of satisfaction when I'm right, sadly this is quickly replaced by disappointment that I haven't been shocked; it's a problem haha! Nevertheless, I thought it balanced humour, drama and general intense emotions well, making it engaging to watch. I do like the storyline but think a few little changes would have made it better in my personal opinion.
13 Reasons Why- As my favourites post has gone up a bit later than it probably should have done, I wanted to add this tv show in. It may have only come out at the end of March but I was eagerly awaiting its arrival and finished watching it in a couple of days! I wasn't entirely sure about it to begin with but by about episode 3, I was hooked. I loved the book and find topics like those highlighted in both the book and the show to be both interesting and incredibly important, so the way it was presented in both platforms was amazing. The tv show did great justice to the book but I was grateful that I'd read it 5/6 years prior to the tv show as it meant I was still pleasantly surprised by the story and wasn't overly critical. I love the way it's filmed, showing the past and present lives overlapping and think the way it handles the sensitive topics were amazing.
Radio 1- This is a random favourite to have and nothing like I've seen people feature before but since learning radio skills in university and paying close attention to radio show and news bulletins and news programmes, I've found a new love for it that was buried slightly below the surface! I've always enjoyed listening to Radio 1, mainly in my car but have particularly enjoyed listening to it recently, especially Nick Grimshaw, Scott Mills and Chris Stark and Greg James. I think they all make great presenters and ones I continually want to listen to, often making me want to just hear them rather than the actual music, which was never the case before. I love noticing details about the way they are working and try to pick out points I'd like and not like to use if I were in a similar position.
Gold hoop earrings- I have lived in gold hoop earrings this month, in fact, I don't think I've swapped them at all. They're perfect for any occasion and go nicely with any outfit... it's made things a lot easier having some to leave in all the time so I'm not forgetting to put some in everyday!
Ear cuffs- Similarly, I'm loving ear cuffs at the moment, they're such a simple touch but I like the way the look with several different outfits and hairstyles; a perfect way to accessorise the ear without a painful piercing!
There are three main perfumes I've been loving throughout March: Burberry Sport, Rituals Fleurs de L'Himalaya, Calvin Klein CK2. I've clumped them together as I'm rubbish at describing smells although the three scents are all very different. CK2 is one I've mentioned a few times and just screams sophistication to me, I love the scent anytime but is often my go-to going out perfume. Fluers de L'Himilaya is a lot more floral (if you know French that's probably very obvious) but it's not overly so. Generally, I don't go for floral scents but there's something I love about this one, possibly the fresh element it also has to it. Burberry Sport is a great day time perfume, another quite sophisticated and fresh scent I'd say and could be an evening wear but for me, has definitely featured more in the day.
Lazy Days Candle- A random little favourite for the end of the post is this candle, which smells amazing! I love all of Zoe's products that I've tried and this is no different, it makes a room smell so lovely and fresh and creates a beautiful glow! It's been great to have lit when I'm working at my desk or editing a video; makes things that little bit more calming!

So, that completes my March Favourites! I hope you've enjoyed this post, let me know what you've been loving recently and if you've seen any of the things mentioned in mine. If you liked this post 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!

Love, Steph x
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'Blossom and Blush': Spring Fashion & Boutique Of Molly Review

With Spring officially here, if you haven't heard that enough yet, hopefully the warmer weather is right round the corner. Time to put away the woolly gloves, thick jumpers and boots for another year, ready to say a warm 'hello' to the light jackets, open toed shoes and strappy tops.

As a tall, long armed person, Spring and Summer gives a lot more freedom and choice when it comes to fashion... no longer restricted by the not-quite-long-enough-sleeves that have to be passed off as three-quarter or stretched to reach the wrist!
So many gorgeous Spring/Summer items are available in stores at the moment, many of which can be found in the budget friendly, Primark! As expected, a small look around the store ended with a hefty receipt and very full wardrobe. You can watch my Spring Try On Primark Haul here or below to nosey through the items I picked up as well as seeing them on.
One outfit I am particularly looking forward to wearing throughout Spring and Summer is this 'Blossom and Blush', which is a great, stylish way to attend a variety of places for a variety of purposes. The pale blue jeans with the rolled up legs are a great way to style an outfit when it's not as warm as it could be (hello English weather). Meanwhile, the floral pink top, brightens up the outfit, making a statement, whilst the pink jacket keeps things light and free, taking the chill off, all whilst looking pretty. It can easily be styled with a variety of accessories, such as the choker in the photos and wouldn't be complete without the elegant, white handbag!
Outfit Details
Pink Floral Cami Top £4 Primark
Belt Primark
Tall High Waisted Blue Jeans New Look
Pink Sandals Tall Girls
Choker (Pack) £3 Primark
As always, the Boutique of Molly handbag is of high quality and in my opinion, looks more expensive than its price tag. It's a nice size for a small bag, that's easy to carry around but fits in all you need. With a flap separating the two main compartments as well as a zip on the inside and a handy pocket on the exterior. I love the gold clasp design as well as the gold chain detailing as part of the handle, which looks beautiful with the white quilted design. Overall, it's a great addition to my bag collection and will make a nice change from my usual black bag preferences. 
Unfortunately, the 'Monaco' bag is currently out of stock but you can browse Boutique of Molly here and see what other bags they have to offer here. If you want to get your hands on anything, you can use this discount code: 'STEPH20' to get 20% off.
I'll definitely be taking this outfit with me to Amsterdam, so if you follow my Instagram, you'll probably see some photos of me in it there, as well as it being featured in a vlog. You'll also be able to see photos with the outfit details, so make sure you check those out.
If you enjoyed this post, let me know in the comments and to see more, 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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Recent Reads: Books To Check Out

Reading is easily one of my favourite pastimes and although I don't have a great deal of time to do it regularly, I have been on quite a good roll in 2017 so far and have enjoyed reading a number of books. Today's post is dedicated to these books with a bit of a review of each, for anyone looking for a new read or interested in hearing about some novels out there.
After The Crash by Michel Bussi- This book was a more difficult read as it had a lot of more complex or challenging language. Michel Bussi is a french author so those influences were evident throughout the novel, making it more difficult to follow at times but was a bonus for me, trying to pronounce various names and locations in order to practise my french. The story itself was not how I imagined it to be based on the blurb and in my opinion, took a long time to get to the interesting parts through the longwinded storytelling, which I believe was deliberate due to the character portrayal of the Inspector but it did make it less engaging. I thought the ending/reveal was interesting and a nice way to end the book although I don't think it was much of a shock or plot twist for me personally. As a thriller, it does make a good novel and could be enjoyed by many, particularly an older audience, but it didn't really do it for me.
Girl Online Going Solo by Zoe Sugg- The latest instalment of Penny's life is as intriguing and entertaining as the first two. The trilogy is an easy, light-hearted read, great to pick up to escape for a little while when life's a little stressful or just as a bit of enjoyment. I always get through them quickly and found myself left wondering where life would take Penny next. Although it's probably aimed at a slightly younger audience than myself, I think it could appeal to a fairly wide audience and can be enjoyed by many.
Good Girls by Sara Shepherd- Throughout this book, I found myself enjoying the story and intrigued by the plot, if a little confused at times, but it was the ending that blew my mind! It had an incredible plot twist that I won't spoil for anyone wanting to read the book (I recommend doing so) but if anyone has read it, let me know as I'd love to discuss it with someone who knows what I'm on about! I did think it should have ended earlier than it did, rather than setting itself up for another book as that seems like the only reason for the last chapter in my opinion, and I don't see why it needs another book to complete the story. I haven't read the Pretty Little Liars books but love the show and can see a lot of similarities between this series and PLL- including the need to drag out more books/series when it's not necessarily best to.
Mind Your Head by Juno Dawson- I don't often read non-fiction books but as a big fan of Juno Dawson (I recommend her books to any and everyone), I wanted to give this a read. I find mental health to be a really interesting topic and one I'd love to learn more about as it is such an important topic that I think should definitely be covered more widely and in more depth. It's a great book for anyone wanting to learn a bit more about mental health and its importance for someone suffering with mental health related issues, someone wanting to help someone with their mental health and generally anyone else who ought to learn a bit more about it. Covering mental wellbeing as well as more serious mental health issues, it's full of great advice and knowledge about a variety of subtopics. It's written in a humorous way that's easy to understand, without being offensive or belittling to the topic.
All Of The Above by Juno Dawson- I prefer reading Dawson's crime, mystery, horror novels than the chick-lit style books but I do still really enjoy them and this was no different. It covers some important topics in a tactful and intriguing manner and the book certainly makes for an entertaining read full of some brilliant characters. I'd consider it quite an easy read despite some of the topics it highlights, and would be ideal as a holiday book!

I'm currently getting through the pile of books I received for Christmas and am loving doing so, so I'm sure you'll be seeing more posts like this in the near future. Let me know if you've read any of these, I'd love to hear your opinion, and if you have any recommendations for me, they'd be amazing to hear about in the comments.

If you enjoyed this post and want to see more from me in the future, 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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February Favourites 2017

I don't have a great deal new favourites this month but there are a couple that I wanted to share with you. I'd be interested to know if any of you have seen any of the things mentioned in this post and if so, your thoughts on them.


Ice Hockey- Never in a million years did I think I'd be a sports fan and would enjoy watching a sports game but watching the Varsity Ice Hockey last month was one of my highlights of university so far. I loved the excitement and buzz in the atmosphere, the tensions as the puck made it close to a goal, the roars from the crowd... it was all just a fun, exciting experience, made even better by the fact that we won! I'm not so keen on the chants of hate- chant support all you like but I don't like hearing all the insults so much. The game itself is so great to watch and grabbed my attention a thousand times more than any other sport. It's definitely something I'd love to do again, possibly as a regular or semi-regular thing!
Split- Split is such a brilliant film both for its captivating plot and James McAvoy's amazing acting skills! I found the concept fascinating and was gripped from start to finish. Although, I don't think it helps people see the reality of those living with multiple personality disorders and makes them seem more dangerous or criminal than they are. Nevertheless, the idea that they are superior rather than inferior is an interesting one and one worth exploring.
Hidden Figures- I adore this movie, it's such a wonderful story with some incredible actors! I loved seeing an adaptation of NASA's hidden women's stories, which were something I knew little, if anything, about before hand. It was such an inspiring and empowering film, definitely worth a watch!
Grime music is growing on me, which is something I never thought I'd say. I feel like it's been a slow increase in interest throughout February with a sudden hit the last few days. It would be better if I knew all or most of the words so could feel like a boss whilst rapping/singing... whatever it is, away but we'll see if that ever happens. Although, at the same time, I think it could be a short love but lets see how long it sticks around for.
Ed Sheeran Divide- Not technically from February but as my Feb favourites has gone up so late, I want to include this in this post as it is insanely good and has been on repeat since Friday. I adore Supermarket Flowers and will probably find comfort in this song for a really long time... it's lyrically stunning! I also really love Nancy Mulligan and Barcelona, although every track on the album is amazing. It's so varied and shows how talented Ed is in order to successfully create an album full of so many different music styles.

Thank you for reading this post, I hope you enjoyed it. What have you been loving this month? Any overlaps? Let me know in the comments. If you did enjoy this post 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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Boutique Of Molly Review: 'Bruges'

My collection of Boutique Of Molly Bags is growing, and will probably continue to do so, but my most recent purchase is probably my favourite so far.

'Bruges' is a staple black bag for everyday use. The size makes it an ideal accessory for both complimenting an outfit and carrying everything you need that day.
I really like the gold, twist clasp on the outer face of the bag but particularly like the zip closing the flap off from the interior. It's reassuring to know you have both closures stopping others from accessing the contents of the bag so that if someone were to try and steal from you, they're less likely to be able to do so unnoticed!
It has two main compartments, separated by a zip pocket as well as two other zip pockets on both the inside and outside of the back of the bag. With so many compartments, it's easy to store everything in a neat, organised manner (I may not successfully do so... but I try!)
It comes with a removable shoulder strap as well as the regular handles so it's easy to adapt to your outfit and/or your plans for that day.

The faux leather design, feels sturdy and for £45 (or £36 if you use the code 'STEPH20') it feels like a high quality handbag.

You can have a look at BOM website here, browse their bags and purses here or get your hands on the 'Bruges' bag here. They are UK based but ship internationally. If you are interested in making a purchase, don't forget to use the code 'STEPH20' to get 20% off.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post, if you did and you want to see more from me, you can follow m social media links in the top right-hand corner to see when I next upload. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel here if you're interested. Let me know if you decide to make a BOM purchase! Thank you for reading this post.

Love, Steph x
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YouTube Love... The Smaller Channels

Since starting my YouTube channel last year, I have discovered a lot more smaller channels, many of which are now some of my favourite channels to watch!

Once I discover a smaller channel that I really like, I try to be as active and watch their videos as regularly as I can as I know myself what it's like to make content for a smaller audience and how much comments, likes and views help make it all seem worthwhile and put a smile on your face. As a result, I wanted to dedicate today's post to my favourite smaller YouTube channels (under 5000), so I hope you'll go and show them some love too.

Cally Brooks: If you watched our collab a while ago, you may recognise Cally's channel. She has a variety of videos but heavily features fashion and beauty. I love to see the items she features in her hauls and her makeup tutorials always look amazing!
Keys To The Kingdom- Tatenda: Tatenda is new to YouTube but from his confidence and personality in his first video, you wouldn't know. The YouTube channel is an extension from his blog and discusses his experiences with religion, encouraging people to make it an important part of their lives. As a very nonreligious person, I find it interesting to see how religion impacts his life and see the strength in his belief, which is an experience very different from my own. He has such an infectious personality, which comes across in his video and will continue to do so, I'm sure. (I also think he'd make great reaction videos but that doesn't really fit the channel's theme at the moment!)
Kim Dee: Kim and I uploaded a collab on both of our channels the other day, which make me laugh a lot! I've included the Accent Challenge (FAIL) that we did on my channel for anyone who hasn't seen it yet and wants to. I love the friendly, chatty approach Kim takes to her videos and the diverse topics mean I don't know what's coming next but I know I'm going to enjoy it. She's able to discuss a variety of topics and make a number of different videos but I could definitely see her being good at 'storytimes', which is something not everyone is able to do (myself included).
Klaudia Szewczyk: Klaudia's editing is always on point! I love the sleek, professional design that flows throughout her channel. I still can't get over the incredible editing in her 2016 review and 2017 revolutions video, which involved a montage of clips from throughout 2016. I'd love to be able to edit something to that standard and definitely need to practise a while until I get to that point! I really enjoy both her main videos and her vlogs, which she's started doing more of, so I recommend watching both types of video.
Pretty Blended- Dominique: Dom makes me laugh a lot in her videos! Whether it's a challenge or a spoof, her personality shines through and it's hard not to smile and laugh along. She seems like a lovely person that I'd get on really well with and would spend a lot of time laughing with (the best types of people), which I think is down to the friendly, approachable style of her videos.
TheKingBeth: Beth covers some really important topics that I admire her for doing. I think it's great that she shares her experiences and advice regarding mental health, which no doubt, helps a number of viewers. I like hearing about her uni experiences as well as watching a variety of other videos such as hauls and opinion videos.

Do you have any smaller channels that you recommend? Or maybe you have a YouTube channel? Let me know in the comments, so I can check them out! Don't forget to check out these channels and show them some love! I hope you find some new ones to enjoy. If you enjoyed this post and want to see more from me, you can follow my social media links in the top right-hand corner or subscribe to my channel here. Thank you for reading this post.

Love, Steph x
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Should your audience change your content?

The internet is a weird place... generally, it's the one area that you prefer to share with strangers than those you know in real life. Obviously this varies from person to person and platform to platform but I for one, feel much more comfortable knowing someone I don't know is watching my videos or reading my blog than someone close to me.

As more people I know in person mention the fact they've read my blog, it makes me more aware of the information I'm sharing. My blog is often my place to ramble about whatever is on my mind, be it positive, negative or indifferent and knowing my family or friends are going to be reading the post does make me more inclined to censor myself and limit what sort of topics I talk about or how in depth I go.

I've definitely not held back about my emotions throughout university, which I think is great for myself to look back on and see how it changes, as well as being upfront to see if anyone else has similar experiences and to reassure those that feel alone that they aren't and hopefully, show how it improves.

It can be quite therapeutic to talk through your emotions and express how you're feeling with no one person watching you as you do so, making awkward eye contact and feeling obliged to comment in an attempt to help. I am terrible at discussing touchy-feely stuff- I can listen and help others as much as possible but I close up when it comes to the things going on in my own head. Somehow, typing it out is a lot easier, whether it gets published or just stays in my notes. However, facing the people who may have read the post is then a little difficult... a weird situation.
This is not to say I don't want family and friends reading my blog or that they should feel uncomfortable or unwelcome to do so, it's open to anyone and it's lovely to receive so much support, which I really wouldn't want to change. It's just an issue that's played on my mind a bit recently as I've considered sharing certain posts and opinions. I guess I have to find a balance and make sure I'm comfortable with everything I'm sharing. Ultimately, it's the approach that should be taken on all social media platforms with anyone, if I wouldn't want someone I know well reading it, then it probably isn't appropriate to be putting out to rest of the world.

I hope this ramble has made some sense to you and that you enjoyed or can possibly relate to this post. If you did 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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