A Reflection of 2017


Hi everyone,
2017 is nearing it's close and I thought as I did a 2017 goals post back in January (see here), I thought it would be nice to take some time and reflect upon those goals that I set for myself. This year has been good to me and my family. I've achieved a lot this year, and made and cemented so many life-long friendships. I'm just hoping that I'm fortunate enough for 2018 to be just as fantastic. 

2017 Reflections

I set myself the goal to work out at least 3 times a week and eat healthier. This completely went to pot during the first six months of the year, as the stress of second year of uni took its toll and I managed to put just over a stone of weight on! I found it so much easier to eat a bag of crisps when I was working away in the library, as opposed to a healthier alternative. I know everyone says this but I really felt like I was far too busy for the gym and 'bad' food was more on hand, hence the sudden increase I weight when I went back home for summer. However, I did manage to lose two stone over the summer, just by hitting the gym and reducing the amount of pasta, sweets and chocolate that I indulged in, so I'm super proud of myself for that! I'm now keeping a closer eye on what I'm eating and making more time to go to the gym, as it's actually a really good stress reliever, something that I am in dire need of now I'm in my final year. I'm really happy with my body and weight now so I'm going into 2018 feeling healthy and accomplished!

In terms of blogging, 2017 has been a very good year! Over this past year, I've had the privilege of working on a few sponsored posts with some amazing brands and also I posted more frequently than the previous year, with an average of 3 posts per month. I set myself the goal of reaching 500 Bloglovin' followers over the course of last year, which I did not manage to achieve as I am currently on 366 followers, but considering I don't promote my Bloglovin social, I'm perfectly content with that. The next target for my socials was Twitter which I aimed to reach 1500 followers. I most certainly achieved that with my follower count currently on 1,804! I also wanted to reach 1000 instagram followers which again I achieved with my follower count currently on 1,018!

As I put it back in January 2017, 'my ultimate goal' of 2017 was to travel some more. I can report I did just that! I went down south to Dorset over the summer and last month I went to Germany to see the Berlin Christmas Markets! I really do want to branch out and perhaps even go travelling, so maybe that's something I can aim to achieve next year.


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My goal last year was to have an amazing 21st birthday and I certainly had just that! I had a 21st party with the theme: Glitz & Glamour. It was honestly by far the best night of my life and I am forever grateful to my parents for helping me to organise it! I made the most amazing memories and celebrated it with all my favourite people- what more can a girl wish for!

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Possibly my main goal for this past year, as minuscule as it may sound, was to become confident with driving on the motorway. I'm not sure why or how I did it, but I got it into my head that the motorway was this insanly difficult place to drive on and despite passing my driving test over four years ago, I still hadn't probably driven on the motorway, well with full confidence that is! I made it my mission for 2017 to be that year, as I was fed up of feeling anxious every time my sat-nav told me I needed to get on the motorway. By the time summer had arrived, I still hadn't completed this goal, so I booked a day in my diary to dedicate to this and I did it! The feeling of euphoria after I came home was epic.

Rounding up the last couple of goals I set for myself on my 2017 goals post (see here),I managed to grow my nails with the help of purchasing the Sally Hansen Nail Growth Miracle Growth Treatment and I've never looked back. My nails have been growing so long and also, strong which is exactly what I wanted to achieve this year. I just need to keep resisting the temptation to bite them off in anxious situations or when I'm bored! I've really got a lot better this year at caring less about what other people think of me, especially with regards to wearing makeup. I've felt more confident this year with going out without makeup on, which I'm more than happy doing, but I've just not cared as much about what other people will think, if that makes any sense! 

Finally, my goal was to focus and do well with university which I have been trying so hard to achieve. I started 2017 in my second year and finished off that year with a first which I am very proud of. I then spent the summer working full-time and went back to Uni in September to start my third and final year. If you're interested in finding out about more of my University journey, click here to read my most recent University update. 2018 will see me graduate and hopefully begin my masters degree, which is all very exciting. 

I'm very excited to see what 2018 brings. What have you achieved in 2017?

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What I Got For Christmas 2017


Hi everyone,

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas yesterday! I was deliberating whether or not to write this blog post for a while as I didn't want to appear as if I was 'bragging' in any way, but I really enjoy reading other peoples blog posts or watching their Youtube videos to see what they received for Christmas as I'm nosey, so I just thought I'd join in and share with you all the lovely things I fortunately received for Christmas this year. My lovely boyfriend Jack actually surprised me with two soft box lights this year so I guess part of the reason you are seeing this post is because I wanted to use them this afternoon and take some pictures!


I was really fortunate and received these three lovely gifts from Jack's mum: Stella & Dot earrings, which are so lovely and unique and went perfectly with my outfit yesterday, Vera Wang Lovestruck perfume which smells amazing and looks stunning on my dressing table- my mum has already commented on how she might have to copy me and buy it for herself! I also received this absolutely stunning Vietnamese silk, velvet black and navy scarf from the Silk Shack, which I am in love with. I have never seen anything like it before and it's completley different to anything I already own so she's done so well and thoroughly spoilt me!


I also received a lot of clothes, chocolates, money and other bits and bobs this year as well as a couple of makeup bits. I was gifted this lovely Ted Baker nail polish and lipstick gift-set which are both lovely nude shades. I received lots of nice little bits in my stocking off my parents, two of which were these M.A.C goodies which I am looking forward to trying: Selena Black Liquid Liner and Black Zoom Lash Mascara. We also did secret Santa in work and I received this print along with a few other bits and pieces which I am chuffed about, as people clearly know me very well haha!


Jack absolutely spoilt me this year with the Real Techniques Miracle Cleansing sponge above, along with lots of other makeup pieces, a Stranger Things hoodie, these pink Adidas Gazelle Trainers which I asked for, the UE boom box speaker in 'cashmere pink' (below) which is amazing, as well as a case for it, and a portable phone charger which I am in dire need of as my iPhone battery is shocking! Like I mentioned before, Jack also gifted me two soft box lights to use for taking blog post pictures which I'm still in shock about how he thought of that and knew what to get! My two lovely sisters who know me so well, bought me the Benefit 'Beauty & the Bay' set which contains four, full sized benefit goodies: The 'They're Real' mascara, Hoola Bronzer, highlighter and eyebrow pencil!


I hope you enjoyed reading this post and reading about what I got for Christmas this year! As I'm getting older, I'm finding that I'm more excited and focused on giving people their presents that I have gifted them, as opposed to receiving presents myself, so when I do receive my presents, I feel so grateful and humble about each and every one, as it sounds silly but I forget that I am actually going to receive presents myself!!

Let me know what you got for Christmas this year in the comments below!
I hope everyone has a lovely rest of the week and I'll see you, as usual this Sunday for my 2017 reflections post!

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Festive Q&A

Festive Q&A

Hi everyone!

I wanted to do something a little different on my blog and help you guys get to know me a little more by doing a Christmas related Q&A post! I have tagged everyone who sent me a question twitter URL's. 

LETS GET FESTIVE
(PS. Apologies in advance for how many times I say 'Christmas' in this post...)

Q1: What is your favourite Christmas song?
@voyage_la

I actually really love Cee Lo Green's Christmas album (Cee Lo's Magic Moment) and on that I love 'What Christmas means to me' and 'Merry Christmas, Baby'. If we're talking traditional Christmas songs, then my favourite would be 'I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday' by Wizzard. Classic.

Q2: When do you start feeling festive?
@hayleylsunter

This year I seem to be feeling very festive quiet early on which is probably because I attended the ideal home Christmas show on the 11th November and then I went to the Berlin Christmas markets at the end of November which made me feel very festive! Usually it's a couple of weeks before Christmas, when Christmas music is played everywhere you go and work Christmas parties begin and I head home from Uni to celebrate Christmas.

Q3: What’s the best present you’ve ever received?
@thecrownwings

Wow. This is so tricky. Every year I am so grateful for every single present I receive and they are all equally as amazing as they have come from a loved one who has put thought, effort and money into gifting me a present! I'd probably have to go for being taken to New York by my parents with my sisters a few years back though as they kept it a secret from us for so long and I remember being utterly stunned when I found out as it's well, NEW YORK!

Q4: What is your favourite Christmas Film?
@voyage_la

Elf! I've watched it a million times yet it still never fails to have me in stitches! 

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Q5: Is there one thing that you receive as a gift every year without fail?
@Lots_of_Loz_x

Socks haha!

Q6: Do you have any traditions that you do on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?
@jesswillll

Yes- We always go to a Christingle service at church on Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day, we have a lot of traditions that we always do every year, such as opening presents first thing in the morning all together in the lounge and then having a breakfast with croissants, pate, fresh orange juice, bacon buttys etc. This is the first year that I won't be waking up with one of my sisters as she moved out in March this year with her boyfriend. I think it'll feel strange without her but those traditions will help it still feel like Christmas.

Q7: What's your favourite part of the Christmas dinner? 
@emmixbowles 

This was an easy answer for me- 100% the pigs & blankets! I'm always scavenging for more and staring at my grandma to see if she's going to eat hers or not haha!

Q8: Snow man or snow angel?
@thecrownwings

Snow man!

Q9:Do you do any Christmas baking?
@_megselizabeth

Yes! I love baking around Christmas time. If it is my mums turn to do Christmas (alternates between her and my Auntie each year), then I will help her make the puddings for Christmas day which I love doing. I usually always make some Christmas cookies for the tree too.


Q10: What do you do around the Christmas table?
@becky_xxz

We usually just talk whilst we eat our dinner, but in my family that usually means people talking OVER each other and fighting to be heard! There's a lot of laughter around our table over Christmas. One year I did a Christmas quiz for us to enjoy around the table which went down really well, so I might try and think of another game for this year to keep everyone entertained whilst we eagerly await for the main event, the Christmas dinner.

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Preston Guild Hall's Newest Venue: Level

Level- Preston

Last Wednesday night, I was fortunate enough to be invited to attend the press launch for a new leisure and entertainment venue which is set over multiple floors opening up at Preston Guild Hall. I was thrilled to be invited to this event as I love arcades and activites such as bowling, laser tag and assault courses! The venue officially opened to the public on Friday 8th December but I was informed that the laser tag will open on the 15th. 

Level- Preston

Level- Preston


Level 1 contains Laser Tag, Crazy Golf, Karaoke Booths and Arcade games. Level 2, which the event was held on contained: Ten Pin Bowling, Pointers & Co Darts, Mundo's Street Kitchen, Brooklyn Sports bar and the VIP Spare room. The area had a real 'Northern Quarter' vibe to it and felt very trendy and modern. The press event was relatively quiet but I can imagine that once the general public have access, there will be a warm atmosphere to the space. Level 3 contains the Daredevil assault course, which I didn't get a chance to go on at the press event so I'm really looking forward to trying that out soon!

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With regards to the ten pin bowling, I thought it was brilliant and so innovative! It was really like a new era of bowling and makes the conventional ten pin bowling feel so out-dated. There were touchscreen devices which asks for your name and gives you the option to add a picture of yourself as well as the option to put the lanes up on your turn, which I took full advantage of! The interactive screens also allowed you to communicate with other groups of people using the other lanes on a chat messenger which, is different, and can either be fun or in our experience, creepy! I really liked the idea of the venue having a 'spare room' which can be hired out for private parties and contained 2 extra bowling lanes. Next to the bowling area, was the 'Pointers & Co' games room which contained four dart boards, three pool tables and two shuffleboards- ideal for a games night!


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The 'Mundo Street Kitchen' is also situated on Level 2 in the middle of the Brooklyn sports bar, which televises all major games and the bowling alley. The restaurant serves American, Mexican and Spanish food which I thought was a really nice variety and mix of cultured dishes. The allergy key particularly impressed me as it appears modern and sleek, yet it also is extremely informative and helpful! The salted caramel popcorn on the nibbles menu instantly took my fancy and I think that's the perfect snack to order if you are playing a game of bowling!

Level- Preston

Level- Preston


Overall the evening was lovely and well hosted, with complimentary food and drink all evening. I will definitely be returning to Level as I already have an idea for a staff night out to be organised there which I think will be a huge success! I am mostly looking forward to going to Level to play the End of Days Laser Tag and the Daredevil Assault Course and after working up such an appetite, following that up with heading to the Mundo Street Kitchen for some food. The photograph below shows the prices for each game as they were on the 6/12/17.

Level- Preston

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72 Hours In Berlin Guide

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What better way to get yourself into the Christmas spirit than to jet off to Berlin for the Christmas markets and a spot of sightseeing. I went to Berlin with my family, my boyfriend and my sisters' boyfriends. We spent a total of 2 nights and 3 full days here with no car and no pre-planned itinerary.

Day 1: 

We arrived in Berlin at 10am, headed to the hotel to drop our bags off and quickly became typical tourists. Within minutes of walking into the town, which was a five minute walk from our hotel, we had tried our first German delicacy: currywursts. It was basically like a frankfurter sausage, but more crispier and covered in curry powder. I just went for a bratwurst with tomato ketchup on top, which was delicious. We bought a 3 day ticket on the yellow 'hop on hop off' bus which I couldn't recommend doing more! It was brilliant and allowed us to see the whole of Berlin and stop off wherever we fancied. The buses were every couple of minutes so we were never waiting around in the cold. Speaking of cold, Berlin is extremely cold so make sure to wrap up warm and wear plenty of layers if you are planning to visit Berlin in the Autumn/Winter time! 

VL-Beauty Berlin Travel Guide

We decided to get off the bus when it reached the 'Bradenburger Tor' which is the Brandenburg gate. The Brandenburg gate is a massive landmark in Berlin as is it the only remaining ancient city gate in the city. Around there were a few stalls and shops and nearby was the Holocaust memorial known as the 'Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe'. The area is covered with thousands of grey, concrete slabs arranged in a grid pattern across a field. Walking through the slabs felt like a maze and the grey surrounding blocks to me symbolised how lost, isolated and miserable the Jews must have felt during that time. I found the memorial very thought-provoking and I highly recommend visiting that.

As we were all so tired from an early flight that day, we headed back to our rooms mid-afternoon to unpack nap, and later that evening went out for dinner and enjoyed a few 'Steins'.

Berlin Travel Guide

Berlin Travel Guide

Berlin Travel Guide


Day 2:

Feeling much more refreshed after a good nights sleep, we headed back out into the city centre and throughly hammered our yellow bus passes. We found a Christmas market and headed their for a Gl├╝hwein (mulled wine) or in my case, a hot chocolate, as who actually enjoys mulled wine. 

Berlin Travel Guide

Berlin Travel Guide

VL-beauty Berlin Travel Guide

I read online before coming to Berlin that the 'Reichstag' was the thing to see, but you needed to book in advance, despite it being free to enter. For once, my family took my advice and we booked to visit the Reichstag for the Saturday afternoon. The Reichstag is the German parliament building which also contains a dome which is open to the public and offers a view of a vast area of Berlin and provides you with a headphone headset for information and history surrounding Berlin. When visiting the Reichstag, remember to bring ID with you such as your passport or drivers licence and be aware that they will search you as understandably they are very strict there.

Berlin Travel Guide

Berlin Travel Guide

Berlin Travel Guide


Berlin Travel Guide


As the shops are shut on Sundays, we used Saturday afternoon to make the most of the convenient Black Friday sales and explore the shops Berlin had to offer and boy they did not disappoint! As you can see by these pictures, which by no means do them justice, how insta-worthy are these buildings! All these shops were situated on the same street right outside our hotel and I coined it, 'the street of dreams'. 

Berlin Travel Guide



Berlin Travel Guide


Berlin Travel Guide

Berlin Travel Guide

Berlin Travel Guide


Everyday I miserably walked past this street knowing that as a student, I didn't have any hope of stepping foot in one of the stores. Not only were the shop buildings insta-worthy but through the city centre, the Christmas markets which are scattered all over the city are just as beautiful. I found these white little huts with yellow stars on them particularly appealing.  

Berlin Travel Guide

Day 3:

The third and final day of our time in Berlin was actually our most touristy day with the day filled with sightseeing and visiting museums. We began by visiting 'Checkpoint Charlie' which is a legendary checkpoint which once divided the American and soviet sectors with barbed wire, barriers and a watchtower. Now stands a replica of the checkpoint booth which served as a crossing point when the Berlin Wall was erected. Outside of the booth were two guards which were taking pictures with the public for €3 per person or €10 for a group photo. 

We went into the wall museum Checkpoint Charlie which was around €12 to enter, although I got in for €9 as I luckily remembered to bring my student card! The museum consists of historical information and contains original objects from successful escapes from the time of the Berlin Wall. It probably is the biggest museum I have ever been to and unless you have an advanced attention span and love reading endless amounts of text, I wouldn't recommend visiting this museum. To see it all, it would take you days and although it was interesting hearing about how people escaped, we all found it far too overpowering just being full of black and white chunks of text of the walls and nothing else to really look at.

Berlin Travel Guide


Berlin Travel Guide
After we all gained a headache staring at the vast amount of writing in the museum, we decided we all needed a treat so headed off to McDonalds which was a huge success and helped us to feel rejuvenated. We then walked to the Berlin Wall and the 'Topographie des Terrors' museum which was situated nearby the Checkpoint Charlie museum. The Berlin Wall was very poignant to see and I highly recommend seeing that as it helps you to visualise what it must have been like to live during that time. The Topographie des Terrors Museum was free to enter and was much more engaging as it used colour on the walls which was a massive bonus. 

Berlin Travel Guide

Berlin Travel Guide

Berlin Travel Guide

It was then time to head to the airport and head back to Manchester. Typing this post up made me realise how much we crammed into just 3 days. We're all now planning our next city break together so if you have any suggestions of places to visit, please leave a comment down below!

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