hxanou
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26 Jul 2016

WEEK 29



This week has been a nice one! The weather was brilliant for the first part of the week.
and by brilliant
I mean, 
BOILING HOT.

I do not approve of weather that hot.
I did not go to Wales for it to be hot.

:(

But we had a good time. 

Hope you had a good week!
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H

19 Jul 2016

WEEK 28

So, it turns out that the internet here is good enough to upload videos! yay! It's really strange being on holiday and having semi-decent internet, this hasn't happened for years, and I am definitely not complaining.
Pokémon Go came out in the UK this week and I managed to catch a few despite having 0 signal, it was a little frustrating having to live off of free wifi - there isn't much of that in rural Wales - but I made do.

On Monday we went into Aberaeron had something to eat and went to the beach and then went to a different beach. Then we went to New Quay where we had some chips and saw some dolphins! fun day!

Tuesday I stayed at the cottage because I wasn't feeling well and played many games of ToS with a friend.

Then on Wednesday we went to another beach. I think this one was called Borth? and then later on in the day we went out for something to eat and I had this huge dessert. Yes I ate it all. Yes I felt sick afterwards. Played some ToS afterwards then Skyped w Alex. The internet is a wonderful thing.\

Thursday I did nothing bc I was unwell :) but on Friday I went to the shop (Morrisons lol) with my mum and brother and they had these stupid Union Jack sunglasses for 50p so I obviously got them, along with weird dog t-shirts also for 50p and when we got back my mum tried sitting the glasses on Mals face and this photo was created - - -
You're welcome.

On Saturday me and my mum went back to New Quay and looked around the like three shops they had there. I needed some postcards okay. Don't judge. We also got some breakfast, and a snack a little later on. I need a lot of snack breaks to function, its why people love hanging out with me so much. Later on in the day we went to the old gold mine National Trust place while my dad looked after the dogs and went into a cave, which was fun. I then played more ToS when I got back bc it is an addicting game. You play once, then you play fifty times more in the same week, then you don't play again for three months - then repeat.

Sunday we went back into Aberaeron and had a look around the couple of shops that existed, got some breakfast / dessert because food. Then later on in the day my brother wanted to go to McDonalds so I drove him. Hour round trip to McDonalds, can't say ill miss that when we get back home.

and that was my week!
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H

16 Jul 2016

Black Maxi Dress



Dress - New Look
Backpack - Topshop
Jacket - Shein
Boots - River Island

photos by Alice
These photos were taken the same day as my last post, during my brief visit to Liverpool to attend #NWmeet. After the official event had finished I spent a couple hours with Alice and Charline exploring the city centre and all it had to offer and eventually we found ourselves at the docks. 
I had put way too much thought into my outfit that day because not only was I meeting a whole bunch of new people and wanted to look good, I was also travelling a good 6-7 hours. I wanted to live up to my (terrible) reputation as a (kind-of) fashion blogger but still be comfortable. Eventually I settled on the closest thing to pyjamas I could find- my trusty black maxi dress from New Look that I had hauled a year earlier on my Dayre account. This is the dress I come back to every time I cant decide what to wear; its comfortable, surprisingly flattering and people tend to think you've put way too much effort into your appearance than you actually have. 
Best £14.99 I ever spent. 
Thanks New Look. 
pls sponsor me
I paired it with a denim-looking-but-not-really-denim jacket that I bought on a whim from Shein in an attempt to become more street-stylish, my trusty old boots from River Island that have appeared in way too many outfit posts that i'd like to admit and a 'mini' backpack from Topshop. 
I could probably write a whole post about this backpack, it's tiny and slightly structured and very cute- however very impractical and way bigger than my usual bag - which means I put way more junk in it than I really needed to which makes it even more impractical that it already was. The sacrifices we make for ... cute bags. 
I really liked this outfit, if im going to be honest, we probably have it to thank for my recent obsession of denim shirts. Well, that and the amazing vintage shop in Paris where I found the one true love of my life.
Post coming soon.

Thanks so much to Alice for taking these photos for me 

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H

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13 Jul 2016

North West Bloggers Meet 2016

As of today it has been approximately 73 days since #NWmeet 2016 took place and I am only now getting around to writing about it.

My attendance was very last minute. I booked my tickets to Liverpool literally the Saturday before, after Katy let me know there was a space, without any hesitation. I don't pay anywhere near as much attention to my twitter feed as I probably should and therefor I end up on missing the announcement of events and the getting of a place and the event.
but I've been more determined to get out of my comfort zone and meet more people this year and this was an opportunity I couldn't miss, even if I hadn't been to Liverpool, travelled a long journey on public transport including multiple changes by myself or met any of the people I was going to meet before. It was a pretty big deal for me and I didn't have the time to do all of the planning I would usually do so the fact that it all went pretty smoothly was amazing.

Pretty smoothly being the key words because after arriving in Liverpool and making it to the street of Ameriesko, the place where the event was being held, I somehow managed to get lost and wondered up and down the street until stumbling upon two people with cameras and very smoothly asking "are you going to that thing.....?".
Those two people were the very lovely Alice and Charline who were super friendly and helped me find the place and even spending time with me afterwards to kill time before our trains home and explore Liverpool a little more.

Okay, so now we have the backstory, lets get on with the rest of it.

30th April 2016.   #NWmeet.  2k16.

It was all arranged by Katy, who I have known on twitter for quite a while, and was held downstairs at Ameriesko in the centre of Liverpool. It was really daunting not knowing anyone but surprisingly enough- everyone was incredibly friendly and it was easy to find people to talk to and socialise. If I ever did find myself without a conversation opener I would just ask if I could take a photo of/with them and *boom* instant conversation. Worked every time. 110% recommend.
I got to meet Sophie, Em, Aisling, Rachel, Olivia Cheryl, Hannah, Kirsty, Jemma and Danielle- who I knew from twitter and approached with her twitter profile on my phone while asking "is this you?". I am so good at this saying hello to people thing. Give me a medal.

Aside from everyone just sitting down, talking and not really moving we also had a demonstration from a lady from Weleda about their Skin Food, which my dad is now obsessed with, as we got a bunch of samples in our goody bags and I gave both of my parents some. #bestdaughter

We also had an amazing raffle, which I was lucky to have a winning ticket in! There were so many prizes to choose from and unlike everyone else I hadn't looked to see what there is so just picked a random item which I ended up loving. The proceeds of the raffle went to the charity MIND and we apparently raised over £200, which is super lovely.
After the 'event' had officially ended some were going to get cocktails, however I don't drink and Alice and Charline were going to have a look around Liverpool and said I could tag along.
So I did.
We went to the docks, took photos and had icecream. I fell in love with Alices prime lens.
I also vlogged the day! Saturday starts at 10:42 and ends at 18:46. I didn't film as much as I thought I would have but that was because I was busy talking to people rather than just filming people!!

I had a really good day, everyone exceeded my expectations with how nice they were and the weather was amazing. It was a really big accomplishment for me personally and so even though this post is hideously late I still want to post it.

Thankyou so much to Katy for organising it and letting me attend even though i'm not from the north or west and missed the original sign ups!! and a huge thanks to everyone who I met for being so amazingly lovely!
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H

11 Jul 2016

WEEK 27


Well, this week was a busy one.
On Monday I drove over to Fii's then we headed off to Olivia's where we then went to Telford, had something to eat and took outfit photos and midday Tuesday we left and headed back home.

On Wednesday I got my hair permed! The after result was nice but I didn't appreciate my hair smelling like eggs. beauty is pain. beauty is pain. beauty is pain. beauty is pain. beauty is pain.
(blog post coming soon!)
Then later on in the afternoon I went over to see Alex and we got some food w his mum which was nice but I forgot my camera bc i'm such a good vlogger so theres no actual proof of that. You will just have to take my word for it. You trust me right?.. ?  ..... I wouldn't lie about something like that.
or
at
all.

I didn't do anything on Thursday, but on Friday after my dad and brother had left with the dogs I started packing to go away to Wales and then when my mum got home from work we headed off and .... then I was in Wales.
The internet here is pretty decent but i'm not sure if it will be able to handle uploading a video so we will see. If you see this in two weeks time - the internet was not good enough to upload the video and so everything was put on pause.

On Saturday we had a late start, but when we eventually got up and out we headed to Argos to get a hairdryer for me because I forgot mine and then headed to a beach. It was nice but very rocky and not very suitable for the dogs so we didn't stay that long. Then when we got back I worked on some blog posts.

On Sunday we got up early to visit the local 'recommended' car boot sale because....when in Wales....... but because the weather was pretty bad there really wasn't anyone there and we didn't stay more than half an hour, just enough time for my brother to get a burger- why he wanted a burger at like 9am I have no idea, but he did. Then we went to beach #1 which was pretty rocky and it was raining and was just delightful. My parents decided to try and find a more sandy beach which led to beach #2, the weather was a little nicer but it was still cold.
Sunday ended with me and my brother playing a game of Monopoly and him winning.

and that was the end of this week! very eventful!
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H

4 Jul 2016

WEEK 26


This week marked the middle of the year, it's really strange how fast it's gone by.

Didnt really do much apart from see Alex and Rebecca and get my eyelashes extended. I also ate at the same place twice, in the space of three days. I can literally feel the weight I gained. It was a good week though, I had fun. The upcoming week is a very busy one which ends with me going on holiday and I am not sure if we have internet/ good enough internet to upload videos so pls be prepared for a three week break if the internet is non existent/ really bad.


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H
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