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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