Monday, 2 January 2017

2016 | A Reflection

I cannot believe that it's the end of another year. It's gone so quick, and I imagine next year will go even quicker.

For the last two years, I've written a post like this (2015 & 2016) and they've been a really good way of allowing me to evaluate what's happened and what I want to achieve next.

This year, I've been a lot happier than last. I've been a lot more settled within myself. I don't really know what happened but at the beginning of this year, something clicked in my brain and I grew up. It was probably turning twenty, but they say age is just a number.

For the first few months of the year, I started to discover who I am, as an adult. I'm still a young adult, let's be certain of that, and I have a lot to learn, but I'm making baby steps in progress when it comes to adult-ing.

During this year, I've found my own style. I've always had an interest in fashion and what the latest trends are, but I haven't always been the best at working out how to pair those clothes with my wardrobe. This year, probably thanks to Pinterest thinking about it, something suddenly clicked and I found my style. I like denim. I like it a lot.

It's been a bit difficult transitioning into the colder months as I think my optimum season is spring, but I've got plenty of time to figure out outfits.

I've definitely started to learn about who I am as a person, what floats my boat, and what makes me run a mile. I've learnt that it's okay to be a bit weird and not follow the trend of what everyone else likes to do. I've learnt my weird and crazy ways are why my friends love me, so I'm not going to go changing that anytime soon.

I have had a few meetings with anxiety this year. It's something I'm still figuring out, and still working out how to handle it when it comes about.

But that's okay. I'm not going to let it get be better of me. Most of the time when I experience anxiety it's in the form of me being in an uncomfortable situation, perhaps one I can't control or worries that I've inflated in my head and it feels like an end of the world situation. But it's not!

What I'm thankful for, is that quite often, once I've had a good experience in a situation I'm uncomfortable with, I am generally pretty okay. It can still be tough, but I'm learning to manage it.

I don't want to turn this into a whole post on anxiety because 2016 has been pretty good!

I turned 20. Big milestone, and a scary one too. Growing up, I always wanted to be a teenager. When I was about 7 or 8, I couldn't wait to be 12. It was like my lucky number back then. Then, I turned 12, and I was like well this is no fun, I want to be a teenager! Then I always looked forward to being 17. Another lucky number. Both these ages have well and truly been and gone and suddenly I'm almost 21!

I never had any concept of being older than 19, so now it's happened and I've experienced it for nearly a year, it's safe to say, it doesn't feel any different. At all. I occasionally have pangs of "I can't say I'm a teenager anymore" and then carry on to strop for five minutes in my head. But ya know, it's pretty alright after all. Not looking forward to getting any older mind you. Who wants to do that?

Another thing I've really ticked boxes with this year, is getting out and exploring. It has been so much fun. I passed my driving test late last year, so have been getting out in the car whenever I can since.

I've been camping in Hastings with my friends, I've driven all the way to Birmingham (and left my lights on, there for running my battery flat - not my finest moment), I've driven to Leicester, and I've been to a few lovely places slightly nearer to where I live. Heaven Castle for example, was a personal highlight for this year.

It's so much fun just getting in the car with some friends and going half way across the county, and I can't wait to do it more next year!

What else has happened this year? Not one, but two holidays. I am very, very grateful that this year I was lucky enough to go on holiday with my parents and Jim's parents. With Jim, obvs. In July we went to France, and I don't think I've ever been so chilled. The location was beautiful, the weather was perfect, and everyone was happy. Jim came with me and we bought some family friends along too. It's up there with one of the best weeks ever. Ever!

Then in September, I went with Jim's family on a long weekend break to Menorca. It was a short stay but a lovely way to end the summer. I actually got a tan for once (crazy) and we spent most of our time dipping in and out the pool. It was a really lovely time.

I've also been really lucky to spend a lot of time with my friends this year. Not only have we be able to go a little further afield this year, due to more people being able to drive, but we've also made more time for the simple things. Film nights, picnics in the summer, coffee shop visits, dinner here and there. Mexican Monday has become a permanent fixture in my calendar. I love it.

I think that sums up my 2016 pretty well. There have been some ups and downs, but it's all swings and roundabouts, hey?

This post is actually a lot longer than I expected it to be; so I will do another with things that I'm going to aim for in 2017. I don't want to bore you with this really long post!

Saturday, 31 December 2016

100 Happy Days COMPLETE

Oh hey there lovely people!

I thought I'd check in here on the old blog before 2016 is gone forever. It's been wild. If you take away all the terrible things that have happened this year, Brexit, Trump, celebrities dropping left, right and centre, it wasn't too bad. As you know, I've been documenting the last 100 days as part of the #100happydays challenge.

I've only been and gone and done it!


Okay, so I've got about 96 photos, give or take a couple of video snippets, but I don't think that's too bad!

You can head over to my Instagram to see all my snaps, or, you know, look at the image at the top of this post. The choice is yours.

Throughout the last 100 days I've had some absolutely hilarious time, and some not so happy ones. I've finally got my shit together when it comes to hitting the gym, and have hit my weight goal for this year, and reached my fitness goals. About time! I've also had a massive confidence boost because of it. Hoping to carry this on through the new year. I've been hit with quite a lot of anxiety in December, which wasn't ideal, but I've tried to make the most of it.

100 happy days COMPLETE.

BRING ON 2017!

Monday, 19 December 2016

Blogmas 2016 | How I've Found Blogmas

Oh hey, everyone!

It's me! Lolz. You may or may not have noticed that I've been absent the last few days. Kinda pants when I was really enjoying this whole blogmas thing.

Where have I been? A little bit under the weather. At this time of year, there's a lot of germs floating around, and I think I managed to catch a few! Wasn't feeling 100% over the weekend but am definitely feeling more like myself now, so am excited to get on with my final few blogmas posts!

So far, despite having a little break, I've found blogmas pretty okay. Sort of. It's a big commitment. I actually wrote as many posts as I could ahead of time. And ones that couldn't be written up, I wrote a plan so I wasn't sat there in front of a blank post the night before it was going to go live. To be honest, I've definitely noticed it get harder to blog every day in the last week because my planning had got less and less as I'd got busier.

As for actually posting and promoting posts every day, it's not been too bad. Once my posts are done, I set them to publish at midnight, and then on my way to work I'll spend five or ten minutes on the Buffer app scheduling a few tweets in here and there. That's actually been the easiest part of blogmas admin if you like. The worst bit has been sourcing photos for every post! I've been using photos from my own Christmas tree every day, which I took in a batch right at the beginning of December. What is way more time consuming than I anticipated was the editing of the photos. Popping a text overlay on for each post. Transferring photos from my camera to my iPad, to my laptop. Little things like that have taken me longer than I thought, and they're not exactly fun either. That's been the bit of blogmas I haven't enjoyed so much.

What I have loved about blogmas though, is that I'm proving to myself that when I set my mind to something, I can post every day. Okay, yeah, I've had a couple days break, but 15 days straight is a record for me! This gives me the confidence that I could do this again, or possibly up my regular posting schedule during the rest of the year.

I've also loved the lovely feedback I've had about some of my posts. I've noticed my views have gone up, which, let's be honest is nice, but I've had really nice comments from my friends and family too. They read my blog. Wuuuutt that is crazy in itself!

Anyway, hopefully, I will be able to keep up with the last few days of blogmas!

Thanks for popping by! I'm off to edit some photos...

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Blogmas 2016 | Would I Ever Go Away For Christmas?

I’m really interested to know where you spend Christmas. Do you spend it at home, with your family? Do you go to their house? What happens?

Do you ever go on holiday for Christmas?

I personally have never been ‘away’ for Christmas. I’ve been to family member’s houses and stayed over before, but I haven’t been on a Christmas holiday.

That got me thinking, would I ever go away for Christmas?

I think that I would happily go to a log cabin type place for Christmas. I think this would be a really cos experience. Imagine if you had a fire going, a big tree, snow! Okay, I know, snow is quite wishful thinking, but a girl can dream. I imagine going somewhere like that for Christmas would be a really lovely experience. I think I would want to travel by car though, so probably remaining in England.

Question: People that do go abroad for Christmas, what’s it’s like travelling with all those presents, and then coming home again?

This is what puts me off the thought of going abroad for Christmas. All I can think is how much faff it would be to take all of those presents with you, and possibly come back with more. Getting through the airport would be a nightmare (surely?) and I’d be scared incase any of the gifts got damaged whilst travelling. Do you have a mini Christmas before you go, and then literally just go for a holiday? How does it work?

If I could magically teleport myself and family, and any gifts to any destination in the world, with no airport worries, I think I’d like to try a hot Christmas. I’m not really sure if I’d enjoy it at all, because it would be the complete opposite to what I’m used to. But maybe spending Christmas Day on a beach somewhere tropical would be rather nice?

Then, there’s the thought of going somewhere really cold, a bit like my log cabin idea, but somewhere actually freezing. Imagine being snowed in at Christmas? As long as I was warm and safe inside I think I might enjoy that, maybe…

Finally, I think I’d quite like to spend one Christmas in New York. Or at least visit in December one year. I know that my best friend has done this a couple of times I think, and she said it was amazing. I really love out all out the decorations are at that time of year, and I think I’d feel even more festive than I do now!

I’d be really interested to know if you’ve been away for Christmas. Where have you been and would you do it again? Do share!

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Blogmas 2016 | Pamper Night

Tonight I am going to be pampering myself because I’ve got a challenging day today.

I have to go to the dentist.

I’m sure that sounds really pathetic to some people, but I get so anxious when it comes to the dentist. I’m not really sure why, as I’ve not had some traumatic experience involving a dentist to give me an irrational fear. But I just do not enjoy the experience. Usually, once I’m actually in the chair, it’s fine, but until that point I dread it.

What do I do to make myself feel better? Pamper myself. And perhaps play a bit of Sims.

Here’s what I’ll be using:

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish
Liz Earle Cleansing Mask
Liz Earle Skin Tonic
Liz Earle Eyebright

Rituals Hammam Body Mud
Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Buttercream
Soap & Glory The Firminator
Soap & Glory Hand Food
Soap & Glory Heel Genius

What are your favourite beauty products to use when you’re pampering yourself? And do you have irrational fears?

Let me know in the comments or drop me a tweet @rawrrbecca17

Happy Pampering!

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Blogmas 2016 | Christmas TV I'll Be Watching


Did you catch my post yesterday about films I like to watch at Christmas? I thought that it would be quite nice to mention some of the TV I'll be watching too.

There's always such good telly on at this time of year, with Christmas Specials on at every hour. Here's what I'm planning on watching:

  • QI Christmas Special - 22nd Dec - BBC2 - 10pm
  • We're Going On A Bear Hunt - Christmas Eve - Channel 4 - 7.30pm
  • Strictly Come Dancing - Christmas Day - BBC1 - 6:45pm
  • The Great Christmas Bake Off - Boxing Day - BBC1 - 7pm
  • Outnumbered Christmas Special - Boxing Day - BBC1 - 10pm
  • James May The Resassembler - 28th Dec - BBC4 - 9pm
  • Charlie Brooker's 2016 Wipe - 29th Dec 
I'm most excited for Outnumber (I've been binge watching all the old episodes on Netflix recently) and Charlie Brooker's 2016 Wipe. Although I'm worried that's going to be a bit depressing. At least it will be a sign that 2016 is almost over! 


Thanks for visiting :)

Monday, 12 December 2016

Blogmas 2016 | Favourite Films to Watch at Christmas

Hello everyone!

Does anyone else find themselves watching more TV over the festive period? Especially with there being a lot more films on to watch. This got me thinking, I thought I would write a post about the films I always seem to watch at Christmas. They've become favourites of mine over the years.

  1. The Polar Express
  2. Monster's Inc
  3. Toy Story (all of them!)
  4. Ballet Shoes
  5. The Snowman
  6. A Christmas Carol (Jim Carey version)
  7. Love Actually
  8. Four Christmases
  9. Wallace & Gromit (any of their films or TV episodes!)
  10. Stuart Little (such a classic)
  11. Chicken Run
What are your favourite Christmas films? 

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Blogmas 2016 | Christmas Day FOTD

Hello everyone!

Today I’m going to talk you through the makeup I will most likely wear on Christmas Day this year. I’ll be spending it with family, so don’t want to go too over the top, instead, I'll be keeping it fairly natural. There will definitely be glitter, though!

First things first, I’ll be giving my skin some love with this Trilogy Vital Moisturising Cream. My skin has been a bit up and down recently, and I suspect some of that is due to it being dryer. I have combination skin, so I do get dry patches from time to time.

Next, I’m going to be using the Nyx Professional Makeup Pore Filler primer. Although I’m keeping this look quite simple, I want my makeup to stay on. On Christmas Day there’s a lot going on. Presents to be opened, Christmas Dinner to eat, a likely afternoon nap. Then there’s the evening of great Christmas TV and films to get through. Plus a board game?

I then apply my all time favourite foundation L'Oreal True Match Minerals Foundation, I’ve been using this foundation for about three years now and nothing has come close to it. It gives great coverage, but is light, and most importantly, doesn’t leave my face feeling tacky to touch, or cakey.

After this, I'll set to work on contour and highlight. The products I’m using here are the Makeup Revolution Ultra Sculpt & Contour Kit, and the Nyx Wonder Stick. Not forgetting a little blusher, I'll be using Soap & Glory's Sexy Mother Blusher.

Now time for the fine stuff. Glitter! Earlier this year I picked up these glitter eyeliners from Nyx. They're from the Glam Liner Aqua Luxe Collection. They’re really pretty, although to be honest when they’re on the skin you can’t tell the difference between the pink one or nude one. I like to apply this by dabbing some of the product (generously, because I love glitter, but you can be more subtle) over my eyelids, and then with my ring finger, I gently pat this across my whole eyelid, adding more emphasis to the inner corner. I’ll just be applying this over my base makeup, but I’ve also tried this look over eyeshadow before and it looks awesome.

Now the glitter is complete, I’ll add in some wings. Admittedly I’m not as into eyeliner as I used to be, but if I get the chance to wear it, I usually will. If I do use eyeliner, I'll probably give my L'Oreal Waterproof Super Liner in Black Lacquer.

Eyebrows! I’ll be filling in my eyebrows with Soap & Glory's Archery Brow Tint & Pencil. That’s about it really, with a bit of Rimmel's Brow This Way to keep things in place. Next up is mascara! I'll be using my trusty Thick & Fast HD Mascara by Soap & Glory.

Now, let me know if you do this too, but I sometimes feel like spraying a makeup setting spray before applying mascara actually works better than doing it the other way round? I find if I apply mascara, then spray, I’ll get mascara half way down my cheeks, and it’s smudged like nobody’s business. Is this just me?

As for lipstick, my first thought was red, because it’s Christmas right? But then I was thinking about how much eating I’ll probably be doing on the day. And I definitely won’t be wanting to touch up my lippy. So I’ll be wearing a more neutral shade, Clinique's Pop Lip Colour + Primer Nude Pop, or Seventeen's Stay Pout 'Just A Fling' Lip Colour, OR, one of my new nude lippies from my Makeup Revolution advent calendar. I'm going for this colour so that if it rubs off at all whilst I’m stuffing my face with a roast it won’t matter.

To top it all off, a quick spray of my L'Oreal Infallible Fixing Mist setting spray, and we’re done! Christmas FOTD complete!

Here's the finished look:

Thanks for reading everyone! I really enjoyed making this post!

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Blogmas 2016 | The Day After The Night Before... Tales of The Work Christmas Do

We’ve all been there.

There’s always one who dresses up a little too much.

There’s always one who didn’t get the memo that today was the Christmas Do

There’s always one who’s a little too excited about the occasion.

There’s always one who’s rather “Bah Humbug”.

There’s always one who forgets to bring in their Secret Santa present

There’s always one who starts drinking a little too early.

There’s always one who has forgotten what they put down as their order for the meal a couple of months ago.

There’s always one who initiates the selfie taking.

There’s always one who suggests shots.

There’s always one who gets a lil’ too drunk from said shots.

There’s always one who breaks out the dad dancing.

There’s always one who gets emotional when that great song comes on.

There’s always one who feels a little bit green half way through the night.

There’s always one who…

P.S. May or may not be based on real events.

Friday, 9 December 2016

Blogmas 2016 | Pinterest Special | Christmas Trees

One of my favourite things about Christmas is the tree. It sits in the corner look so pretty throughout December. I love the different decorations, and of course, the fairy lights! What is a Christmas tree without fairy lights?

Since I still live at home, I’ve never had my very own tree before. But that doesn’t mean I don’t spend hours scrolling through Pinterest lusting over the best Christmas Trees I’ve ever seen.

Have a look at my board for some truly magical Christmas tree goodness.

What's your favourite tree?

See you tomorrow!