Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Places To Have Outfit Photos Taken (Apart From Kensington and Chelsea)

Is it just me, or have you noticed that a lot of style bloggers take photos in similar areas?

Often, the photos are taken outside a beautiful townhouse in an affluent district. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with this (I don't take outfit photos so I can't complain) it all seems repetitive. I'd love to see style bloggers and vloggers take photos in the most unlikeliest of places, so here are some ideas:

The park
Ancient ruins
The beach
In a city full of busy streets
By the side of a lake
At a tourist attraction
By the side of the river
At the shopping centre
In a field full of flowers
On quiet cobbled street
In a small quiet town
In the countryside
Where would you take outfit photos?

Monday, 22 August 2016

Why I Love #TheGirlGang

For those of you who are not aware, The Girl Gang is a collective group launched by Jemma (aka Dorkface). It consists of a community of bloggers and the aim of the group is to spread positive vibes within the blogging community.

I joined The Girl Gang many moons ago when it had just started out, and I must say, I believe that The Girl Gang is one of the best things to happen to the blogging community. As a small blogger it's so hard to be included in blogging-related stuff, and it's so nice to have a ray of sunshine within the blogging world because sometimes there is a bit of negativity within it.

I love The Girl Gang because:

It spreads positivity
Blogging is an enjoyable hobby and while the majority of bloggers are lovely people, there is a toxic minority who make the rest of us look bad, so The Girl Gang is like a ray of positivity within the community. Also, blogging is a form of escapism for many of us (myself included) so it's nice to have something to retreat to after dealing with the stresses of the world.

It unites all bloggers
It doesn't matter how big or small you are as a blogger, or how long you've been blogging for, or how well established you are - all bloggers are welcome. It's not about creating a space for the privileged bloggers, it's about including all bloggers from all walks of life, and that leads me onto my next point...

It creates a community
The Girl Gang has established a community of like-minded individuals, and it's inclusive. It's great to be a part of something, and that's a big deal for someone like me who finds it hard to integrate and make friends.

It offers a lot of support
If I have any issues (blogging or non-blogging related) I can expect to receive support, guidance and advice from fellow bloggers, which leads me onto my next point...

It offers a space for freedom of speech and expression
I follow The Girl Gang on Twitter and I am part of the private Facebook group, and I love the fact that it gives my the space and freedom to seek advice and discuss matter related (or not related) to blogging, and that is so important to me, but blogging offers that anyway!

Follow The Girl Gang here.

Sunday, 31 July 2016

How To Cut Toxic Friends Off

Friendships are supposed to be amazing.  Friendships should be full of happiness, respect, loyalty and great moments.

Good friends are the best!

But what if you friend isn't a true friend?  What do you do if your friend is toxic?

Friday, 22 July 2016


On Tuesday 19th July 2016 I attended my graduation ceremony, which I had had been eagerly anticipating for a very long time.  After receiving my results at the beginning of the July, I couldn't wait.

As of this month I have officially graduated from the University of Leeds with a 2:1 in Politics and Sociology! Hard work definitely pays off!  Also, I was awarded the Widening Participation Award!

I arrived on campus to get my gown then I met my parents outside Parkinson Steps (they had come up from London by train for the day.)  The day was so hot and sunny, I was absolutely boiling and I was quite overwhelmed but excited because I couldn't believe that the day I spent years dreaming about finally came true.

Eventually we entered The Great Hall, and while I was waiting for the ceremony to start I was in tears - happy tears!  I was so excited and so nervous, I couldn't quite believe it.  Without dwelling on the formalities of the event I eventually went up to receive my certificate and I was so happy.  Later on, once the ceremony had finished my parents and I went to the Terrace where the School of Sociology has organised free drinks for us.  Throughout the day I managed to catch up with other graduates from my School and I felt so pleased for them, as well as feeling pleased for myself.

I felt euphoric, and the day was lovely.  I still can't believe I have achieved this.  I'm so happy.  The day of the graduation ceremony was one of the best days of my life and I will never forget it.  I'm so glad and so satisfied.  After facing constant adversities throughout my childhood and adolescence, I can finally say that I am here and I made it, and I am living proof that no matter what you've been through in your past, you have every right to achieve your goals and be the best person you can be.

I will always be grateful to the University of Leeds for giving me the opportunity to come here.  I have been able to prove to myself that I have high academic abilities and a natural flair for writing, and that I am capable of doing (almost) anything.  I can achieve what I want because the university has opened me up to a world of possibilities, so I can take many successful routes in life without limitations.

So to the University of Leeds and the lecturers and tutors under School of Sociology, I thank you all and I salute you all!

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