Wednesday, 29 July 2015

LIFESTYLE | ROOMSPIRATION PART 2

I've already done a similar blog post to this - back in January - but with my room being redecorated in just a couple of weeks time and the fact that I'm stuck between two final ideas for it, I thought I'd let you all know some of my plans.

So my room is very cozy at the moment but also very cluttered. My first idea was to follow the likes of many popular bloggers Instagram feeds and channel a more minimal look with white walls, cream bedspreads etc. But I'll never be a minimal person - I'm messy and I own far too much stuff - so although I have been throwing out a lot of stuff and decluttering, a bright and minimal room simply isn't for me.

I've been catching up with a lot of New Girl lately and I'm really loving the blue/turquoise walls with funky pink and gold accessories lately, seen both in New Girl and unbreakable. Blue, pink and gold doesn't really seem like they would go together but somehow it's a combination that works. Classy and gold accessories mix well with mismatched shabby chic cushions and such and somehow it's a theme that I really love.

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I really love this offbeat theme, each of the items I wouldn't necessarily like but somehow work really well together, from the vintage floral bedspread and random bedside tables that don't match at all. I also love the brickwork, giving the room a New York apartment feel.

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Kimmy and Titus's apartment features more of a turquoise blue and focus's on more gold accessories from the cushions and gorgeous curtains! Blue is probably my least favourite colour and I fear it will give me a headache but as a whole it looks really funky and out there, which is really the look I'll be going for.

I've already begun to pick up some random accessories, loving that I can pick up anything without worrying about it having to all match because, well...it doesn't have to match. Unfortunately my room is quite small so I am worried about it looking too cluttered, but at least the blue will brighten it up a bit as opposed to black walls like I was originally thinking.

What do you think? Let me know with a comment!

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Monday, 27 July 2015

FOOD | LA DOLCE VITA

My hometown of Luton doesn't have a hell of a lot to offer, but it does have a few hidden gems. And since I'm hoping to start featuring more foodie posts - especially after attending the Bloggers Food Festival last week, I thought doing a little review of this cute Italian restaurant would be a great place to start.

La Dolce Vita is somewhere I must have walked past a thousand times in Luton, nestled away in the town centre, but up until recently I've never had a chance to actually eat there. That's surprising in itself because my friends and I love going out for food and I love Italian food. I did go here for my works Xmas do, but the food was from a set menu that night and, well, we were more focused on drinks then!

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Therefore I was super excited to pop down a week or so back for my friend Jordan's birthday. There was only a small group of us and we had a table booked fairly early, so we were shown to the gorgeous open plan patio area for our meal, decorated with bold flowers and twinkling fairy lights. It truly was stunning and the restaurant as a whole has a dreamy and romantic feel to it, with pebbled floors and burning candles sticking out of the top of wine bottles. On some nights, they even have live music!

The food is spot on. I don't have much to compare it to but when we're talking about Italian food I think it's fairly easy to tell what's genuine and what's not. I had a delicious and classic Spaghetti Alla Carbonara (my favourite!) with a bunch of starters shared between my friends and myself. The carbonara was delicious - creamy, tasteful and with just the right amount of flavour. Every time I've tried to make carbonara myself it's always been flavourless.

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Between us we had bruschetta, mozzarella in carrozza (basically a mozzarella in breadcrumbs in a tomato basil sauce) and the most mouthwatering cheese doughballs, drenched in a garlic sauce. These bite sized balls of heavens were delicious enough to rival Pizza Express's! 

I was definitely in a food coma by the end. Afterwards, we chose to head to a nearby bar and play a couple of games of pool, completing our laidback evening. In terms of food, Luton tends to be filled with takeaways or pubs serving typical pub grub. Although not bad, it's nice to have somewhere a little classier to go.

The restauraunt has a lovely ambience - a real family run feel, so pairing this with the delicious food
makes La Dolce Vita my new favourite place to eat!

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Thursday, 23 July 2015

LIFESTYLE | MY FAVOURITE INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS

Instagram is one addictive app. Perhaps it's because as a nation we love sharing photos of our life, letting others see what we get up to, or maybe it's because we're so driven by the little thrill we get to see our 'likes' go up and up. Instagram once used to be used simply as a photo sharing app but now this is no longer the case. Now, people tend to put a more artistic spin on the very basis of this app. Sure, we still share what we get up to. But instead we spend time choosing the best angles to use for our photos, the best filters, the best edits and even the best hashtags. Some instagrammers even like to 'theme' their instagram with particular colour themes or shapes other then the standard original square uploads we normally see.

It's no surprise that Instagram is so fun to scroll through - I love seeing what my friends are up to, where people are travelling and just simply really pretty photos. It's so easy to get inspired by such a sweet and simple app which is accessible on the go so easily (as opposed to Pinterest, for example, which is also a photo-sharing app/website). I check my Instagram religiously on my morning commute and before I go to sleep.

Here are some of my favourite Instagrammers that never fail to inspire me.

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MATT CRUMP | THE CANDY-COLORED MINIMALIST
Adding a twist to pretty photos, this guy mixes his travel photos with an artistic streak that goes beyond the perfect angle and set up when taking a photograph. Instead he uses candy-like colours to create a fun and colourful feed that's a lot different then anyone else on Instagram right now.

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WONDERFOREST | THE ARTISTIC LADY WITH MORE PATIENCE THEN THE REST OF US..
Wonder Forest has the coolest Instagram feed, all featuring around a simplistic white theme throughout her whole theme. How she has the patience I don't know, but clearly her commitment has paid off because her profile looks AMAZING. Her feed might feature the typical things you'll see on any other bloggers Instagram but it looks damn pretty...

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WORLD WANDERLUST | THE UBER-BRAVE TRAVEL BLOGGER 
World Of Wanderlust is my go-to travel blogger right now and I'm always loving her amazing photos of where she's been and what she's up to. Being that she often travels alone, she inspires me tons and seeing the world through her eyes always cheers me up and sends me into a dreamy state on my morning commute, making me wish I was away myself, not relaxing on a beach but exploring and adventuring all over the world like herself. 

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REX_XXXX | THE INSTAGRAM FEED THAT GOES DEEPER
I know little about this dude, only that he uploads his writing/poems/pieces that often get me thinking. His basic theme may not be much to look at, but reading what he has to say is often a refreshing thing when observing other people's life's through a lens..




J9NINIB | THE UPCOMING WEDDING STATIONARY DESIGNER
I may be biased here considering this classy but dreamy feed is actually ran by my sister, but her cute and quirky designs stand out against the usual foodie and selfie snaps on my Instagram feed. Although she doesn't yet update on the regular, her profile also features a sneak peak into what she's up to when she's not uploading previews of her amazing designs, with her baking adventures and more.


RINCON DA BULLY | THE GUILTY PLEASURE FEED 
This account features a super cute pup, adopted by some super hot male models.
Enough said.

Who are your favourite instagrammers? Let me know with a comment!

*All images are taken from said artists/peoples instagram

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Monday, 20 July 2015

MOVIES | THE BEST TEEN MOVIES

The other night I found myself flicking through the channels on TV, waiting for another movie to star that my brother had recommended to me. I wasn't much looking forward to it because apparently said horror movie didn't make much sense, so when I caught Jeepers Creepers just starting, I couldn't help but settle down to watch that instead for about the thousandth time. It was a film I'd seen plenty of times growing up but not so much in recent years, so I just had to watch it. I found myself surprised to find that it's still scary and creepy now, fifteen years on!

It got me thinking about all the other movies I'd grown to love as a teenager, even the ones that weren't so good compared to these days standards but were constantly on TV nonetheless. These were the films that fuelled my desire for horror movies, building me up to the gorier stuff and making me more braver with each movie. They were the movies that tapped into my innocent lust filled side - the couples like Violet & Kevin (Coyote Ugly) that I shipped way before shipping was a thing, hoping that at the end of the movie they'd just kiss - no sex, no problems, just a simple kiss and happy after (a sure reflection for something I hoped for myself at that age). I loved the relationships formed in the horror/action movies, the small romance side storylines that saw two people who clearly digged each other go on some epic adventure or survive a zombie apocalypse to fall in love at the end.

Forgive me if I think not many movies are like that these days!

So here's to those movies, the ones I'd watch with butter popcorn late on a Friday night when I was too young to go clubbing, happy and content snuggled beneath a blanket and hoping that one day I might grow up to star in my own similar movie, fighting off ghosts and living happily ever after...

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SAVE THE LAST DANCE made me want to learn how to dance - properly and, more importantly, in a cool way, and helped open my eyes to some issues of racism that I hadn't quite understood at that age. I felt this film was a tad different from the other typical teen movies because it tackled some really interesting issues, like how Sara and Derek's peers react when they become a couple. I still hate Julia Stiles as an actress to this day, but this is the one of very few films I can tolerate her in...

JEEPERS CREEPERS is a film that just reminds me of feeling so brave watching these types of films as a teenager. Justin Long was kind of cute in this, but part of this film still creep me out now.

COYOTE UGLY again made me want to dance, but this time on top of a bar. It made me want to work in an uber cool bar with little to no rules, where I could dance about wildly on tabletops and spray water at pervy men. As it goes, I later learned that working in a bar in real life was far from the movie, but I am well aware that bars like this DO kind of exist and I WILL one day go to one.

SCREAM doesn't really need much saying about it. Ghostface was one of the most iconic villains when I was a teenager, and also one of the most popular Halloween outfits. The Scream series are still hands down some of the best slasher movies I've ever seen. This is the type of film that will always remind me of getting lots of popcorn and WKD and watching with my friends one night, gossiping and getting scared.

NOT ANOTHER TEEN MOVIE is, ironically, one of the biggest teen movies ever, although I never remember much of this film. This is the type of film I'd always catch clips of when flicking through channels and to this day I don't think I've ever seen it all the way through. But I am WELL aware of that whipped cream scene involving Chris Evans...

SCARY MOVIE is much like Not Another Teen Movie, in that it parodies lots of teen movies, although, obviously, horror teen movies. I don't remember much of this one either except I think this is the one I used to watch with my best friend a lot and we used to always laugh at the 'tiny winkie' dick pick..

AMERICAN PIE is still one of my favourite teen movies and made me want to have a group of friends like the ones from these films - they were crazy, sure, and a little sex obsessed, but they had some great adventures together and were always there for each other too. As it goes, I did grow up to have the best friends ever, although our adventures have been a bit more PC then the ones in these movies. Sort of. For the most part.

SHE'S ALL THAT was one of the best teen movies ever, even though it's ever so corny, who can honestly say they didn't fall in love with Freddie Prince Jr after seeing this or start listening to Kiss Me? This film was the typical storyline of a plain looking girl who no one ever looks twice at getting the boy, and was probably most realistic to me on a personal level because I used to always feel like the ugly girl or plain looking girl, wishing I could have an amazing makeover and make the hottest boy in school fall in love with me. I'm extremely happy as I am now of course and this film taught me that looks aren't everything anyway...

Finally, DATE MOVIE is actually a movie that I saw on my first ever first date! We arrived late and had to watch the second half of the movie, staying in the screening to watch the first half afterwards which was fun. So, ironically, Date movie really was a date movie for me. This probably isn't the best of teen movies, but it's certainly up there with the top parody ones!

What other teen movies do you remember growing up? Do you miss them as much as I do or do you think they're all really dated now? Let me know...

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Wednesday, 15 July 2015

REVIEW | THE BLOGGERS PLANNER

Blogging might look really easy, especially if writing is someones passion. 

It's not.

I mean, sure, it's fun, I absolutely love writing and wouldn't give my blog up for the world but that's not to say it's easy. It's not just about having an idea and typing it out. It's about research, taking photos, editing, sharing and promoting, networking...and most importantly, planning.

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Thankfully that's where the blogging planner comes in. In the past I've used various notebooks to scrawl down my ideas but this has never really worked for me, even if half the time I tend to forget which notebook I'm using! So when this amazing blogging planner arrived on my doorstep, I knew blog planning was going to get a lot easier.

I've only been using it a couple of days and already I feel so much more organized and motivated in terms of my blog. I don't think it's a coincidence that I'm already getting more ideas for posts then I have done for months - I think by purchasing a planner my subconscious knows how badly I want to use it and fill up the pages! 

It is off course, super helpful with sections for each individual blog post. It's a planner FOR BLOG POSTS PEOPLE. How rare and helpful is that? Each section includes a bit for what tags you're going to use, the planning that goes into it and even a checklist for where you're promoting the post. This is really helpful for me because although I share my post on two networks without fail - Facebook and Twitter - this reminds me of other ways to share which I often forget about - Pinterest, Instagram etc. There's even one for Snapchat but I'll be replacing this with Tumblr.

There's also sections to round up how successful your blog has been at the end of the month - incomings, subscribers etc. My blog isn't a big blog so I don't think I'll be using this much but I think it will push me to improve in these areas and set more goals.

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You can personalize the planner when purchasing and choose what sections you'd like to include. I think in hindsight the general planner wasn't needed as I already have two notebooks I use for planning/scheduling other parts of my life that don't involve the blog so it seems a bit confusing for me to have to list my work rota and day to day plans in three different notebooks, so instead I'll use this for blog things solely - photos I need to take, blog events to attend, research to do etc.

I wouldn't say a blog planner is necessary but I do think if you get to the point where you're blogging two or three plus times a week - every week - as opposed to just when you feel like it, then this planner is really helpful and definitely a blogger must have.

Plus the design is super super cute too..

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