creating the gallery wall of my dreams with poster store

5 Sept 2021


I firmly believe that you can tell a lot about someone based on their walls. When I was younger, I had posters plastered all over my room – Starting with Scooby Doo when I was little, moving on to High School Musical (my obsession with Gabriella Montez was real) and then to One Direction, my walls have always been able to tell you a story about me. At this stage in my life, I’m very into scandi-style so when Poster Store an exciting upcoming Swedish wall art company reached out to me, I knew that some new prints were just what I needed for my walls to continue to tell my story.
At Poster Store there are a whole host of different prints you can choose from in lots of different styles and sizes so that your new gallery wall is uniquely yours! They’re beautiful and affordable and new designs are released every Tuesday, so you’ll never be out of style! All the posters are also printed on sustainable but high-quality paper with all the wood used for the posters comes from responsibly managed forests which meet the highest environmental and social standards.
Choosing the best prints for you can be a challenge. If you’re planning on creating a gallery wall it’s important that all of the prints you pick look good together and that can sometimes be hard to visualise online. What I found helpful in picking these ones was to select a few that I liked and have them open in different tabs so flit between to gauge what they may look like together. Poster Store also offer a big variety of gallery wall inspiration on their website to give you an idea of what you could create and is such a great tool for visualising the final product. You can also buy your frames direct from Poster Store too so there’s no risk in your frames not matching and ruining your gallery wall effect.
Onto the prints I went for, I guess! For the gallery wall I opted for these three. I mentioned that to pick these I had them all open in different tabs and finally decided that these ones looked good together and would also look good against the walls. Picking posters is such a fun task especially when there are so many great ones to choose from. I really felt like I was an interior designer for a second and I’m so happy with how this section turned out.
Obviously with so many great prints to choose from I couldn’t leave it with just those three because even if you’re not looking to set up a full gallery wall, one individual print can do a lot to elevate a room on its own. So naturally, I also got a few additional prints for other parts of the room. I’m such a big Frida Kahlo fan that I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to add a Frida print to my collection. I had some frames lying about the house and since these ones weren’t part of the gallery wall, I just ordered the prints on their own as matching wasn’t too much of a worry.
If you’ve been inspired and want to check out Poster Store you can get 45% off all posters (except the Selection series) with the code 45ALICE until 12th September 2021 and doesn’t apply to any other ongoing discount campaigns that may be taking place. Make sure to let me know what you get up to and which of the prints is your favourite!

a lil update and some faves

23 Aug 2021

Well, this has been a bit of a long time coming. You may have noticed – or not – that I’ve been a bit absent as of late. I uploaded a post about going to visit the Glenfinnan Viaduct and a graduation post earlier this month, but before that my last post was back in June. It’s not just my blog that I’ve been neglecting though, I’ve fallen a little bit out of love with creating content and regularly posting on Instagram, I have barely finished a book and just generally my productivity has taken a bit of a nosedive. I haven’t even been binging any series as an excuse either I’ve just been existing with not a whole lot to show for it. I wish I could be here writing a life update post and be able to tell you that I’ve been slacking because I got married, moved house, or something more exciting but that’s not the case and I’m still just single and living with my parents and working from home.
I’ve still been doing and loving some things though, so I thought I’d catch you all up with a little favourites post. Similar to my last one, there’s not really much structure to this and it’s just a bit of a brain dump of some things that I’ve been loving but it was so fun last time I thought I’d bring it back – and I’m not sure I have the mental capacity right now to come up with a structured list!
Firstly, I mentioned that I haven’t really read very much – I was in a bit of a rut of only reading books so that I could post a monthly wrap up and after half a year of reading 30 books, that just really wasn’t working for me anymore so I took a step back to revaluating why I was actually reading, was it for me or was it just to create content. That being said though, I have actually read a few books recently, one being Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I’m a massive Taylor Jenkins Reid fan and have been ever since I read Daisy Jones and The Six last year – it was my favourite book of the year and I’ve loved delving deeper into her fictional celebrity world that she’s built up. She crafts such believable characters and you’re truly always left wondering if these people didn’t really exist. This book follows the four children of pop star Mick Riva (who is a recurring character in all the books) as they throw a big party at the end of the summer and it is just as perfectly executed as Daisy Jones and Evelyn Hugo before her. I loved that none of these characters were perfect, they all had flaws but you were rooting for them all. They’re also all in their early twenties which is something I love in literature but don’t see all that often. I listened to the audiobook while we were on a road trip around Scotland and it was just the perfect accompaniment.
I’ve been shopping a lot lately on Thrift+ (the shirt I’m wearing in these photos is an & Other Stories beauty that I got from Thrift+). Thift+ is an online thrift store where you can buy and sell clothes through their platform with money also going to charity. I’m not really a shopper and I literally wear clothes for YEARS but every so often I have the urge to buy some new stuff and Thrift+ is always my first port of call! It's so easy to navigate and you're always guaranteed quality items. I’ve been using Thrift+ for over about two years now and during that time I’ve gotten pieces from & Other Stories (obviously), Sézane, Oliver Bonas, Zara and Jack Wills among others. There is such a huge range of brands from high street to high end designer brands and all for a great price. You can even get £5 off your first order here*! Let me know if you’d be interested in seeing all the stuff I’ve bought from Thrift+ over the years because I have quite a few items to talk about!
Maisie Peters has her debut album coming out! I feel like I talk about Maisie in literally every favourites post I do but she’s my favourite for a reason. She’s released a few tracks from the album so far and they’re all so so good I can’t wait to hear the whole thing. If you’re a fan of sad girl pop (Taylor Swift and Olivia Rodrigo etc) I think you’d love Maisie Peters and I think she’s the next big thing in pop. I’ve loved Maisie for years and she’s always number one in my Spotify wrapped and once You Signed Up For This is released I’m sure this year will be no different.
I’ve not really been watching a lot of Netflix lately, I’m just gearing myself up for whenever Money Heist comes back because I am ever so hyped for that! I’ve been on a bit of a foreign language show binge of late which is very much not out of character for me. I’ve been catching up on the latest seasons of Biohackers and How To Sell Drugs Online (Fast) but I think my absolute favourite watch recently was Young Royals! The second I saw the teaser for this show when I opened Netflix I immediately knew it would be a new favourite. Young Royals follows Swedish prince Wilhelm as he heads off to a super fancy boarding school where he strikes up a relationship with scholarship student Simon. It’s got the chill and comforting drama vibe of SKAM but the posh school setting of Elite both of which are also some of my favourite shows so naturally Young Royals was a big hit for me!
My skincare hero at the minute is my Oleus set from Holland and Barret (formerly gifted). Starting with an oil free moisturiser base you create your own blend using different oils and serums so that it’s perfectly targeted towards your skin. I love using the Niacinamide and Zinc serum along with the Jojoba Oil for rejuvenating and balancing my skin. I had stopped using these for a while but since I’ve started again I’ve seen such a great improvement in my skin condition that I couldn’t not give them a little shout out here!

I hope you enjoyed this chill little post! I think I've got my writing mojo back finally so hopefully the updates will be a tad more regular from now on. Let me now what things you've been loving down below and if there's anything you think I need to check out!

five things i've learned since graduating

11 Aug 2021

I graduated a year ago, well I finished my degree and recieved a classification a year ago, I am still yet to have a graduation. However, that means that I've now had a whole year out of university and student life and am actually now supposed to be a fully functioning adult with a job and real responsibilities. My university finally arranged for us to get graduation photos last week and so naturally it got me thinking about what this first year out of university has taught me. Also how cute are my graduation photos! I knew I didn't want traditional shots so we roped my sister's boyfriend in to take some fun cottagecore ones for us and I love how they turned out!
It's obviously been a bit of a funny year, I turned twenty-two just before the pandemic hit and I’m now going to be twenty-four in six months which is pretty damn scary. I still remember starting university so vividly back in 2016. I remember turning up to my flat excited to discover just who I was going to be and five years later I guess I’m still discovering that. I wrote a post last year all about what I learned while I was at uni so I guess this one will pick up where that one left off.

1) Your degree does not define you

I currently work in social media management and general online content along with some admin for two different organisations so it may come as a shock that my degree is actually in biomedical science. I think the most important thing about life after university is that you’re doing something that you enjoy. When I was eighteen and applying for uni I loved science, but I also had a passion for social media. I opted to study biomed because I enjoyed it, I loved learning new things about how the body works (you could definitely say that it set me up well for this past year anyway) and to stay away studying anything creative as I felt studying it would take the joy away from it for me. Now that I’m out of education and actually working in the social media field I can very much say that it does take the joy out of it a little bit, but it’s definitely also helped me find new interests because previously I would always have called Instagram a hobby but when it’s also your job it’s not really a hobby anymore. Having a job that I enjoy enough to also do in my free time (since I also create content for myself and brands on Instagram) is such a privilege and I’m so lucky that I landed in full time permanent employment straight out of school in my field of choice because I know how rare that can be.

2) I’m much more confident in myself

Prior to my current job I’d never once had a successful job interview. I literally got scouted for a position at a pharmaceutical company for my placement year and still somehow managed to bomb the interview. I’m very much not the person to come to for employment advice, I’m just incredible lucky that everything fell into place for me. I’ve always hated the whole interview process so I think being able to have an interview on Zoom was actually beneficial because I wasn’t quite as nervous as I would be in real life and was able to actually talk about how I would be good at the job – The interview lasted for an hour and I was offered the job later the same day so clearly I was able to impress, which is something that I’ve never been good at before. I’ve also noticed in general that since university my confidence in general has improved and I’ve become much less nervous about things. I’m still an enneagram nine and I still get anxiety about talking on the phone and turning up to people’s houses early but on the whole, I think I’m a lot more confident I think I can thank my uni experience for that.

3) Friendships fade and that’s okay

I still see some of my university friends but a majority of them I only see on social media and that’s okay, especially with how this year has been it’s been harder than ever to keep in touch. When you’re not seeing each other at class every day and you’re all working it’s much harder to schedule coffee dates and catch-ups. All my uni friends are still my friends though and if I bumped into them while out, I could definitely have a great conversation with them, but I just don’t find myself with the same desire to be in group chats and catch up all the time, but I guess that’s growing older and growing apart. The friendships that you built that were meant to last will and others will just have been there for a specific moment in your life. I don’t even talk to my best friend all the time but whenever we’re together it’s like we’ve never been apart, and some friendships are just like that. Every friendship is different, and everyone’s friend group is different so try to stay away from comparing your university friend experience to other people’s.

4) It’s okay to still not have it figured out

I’m literally only one year out of education. I’m only twenty-three years old. It’s still okay for me not to know what I want to do with my life. The average person will have six jobs in their lifetime. That gives me plenty of time to figure out if this is really what I want to do. I read Garden City by John Mark Comer earlier this year which is a book all about work and rest and is supposed to get twenty and thirty somethings excited about work, which it did, but it also talks about how sometimes you won’t know what the right job for you is until you do it or until you leave the one that you thought it was. Right now though, as a twenty-three year old graduate, I’m very happy where I am and I’m not stressing too much about my future because there’s still plenty of time for that further down the line and right now, although I’m not a student anymore, I can still enjoy my youth and the freedoms that come with it.

5) Don’t lose your youth

I think there’s such a misconception that once you’re a graduate that it’s time to grow up. And yes, you’re becoming financially independent, working with professionals, and are officially out of education but at the end of the day, you’re still only in your early twenties. I’m the youngest person employed in my work by about 30 years, and it can be hard not to compare yourself to your older colleagues and where they’re at in life but they were also your age too at one point. A lot of my friends aren’t even twenty yet and while we’re technically at different stages of life I still find that I relate a lot to them, and I don’t shy away from that just because they’re younger than me. Obviously, it’s good to be mature but if your favourite song comes on it is okay to yell the lyrics and dance about in public, you’re allowed to still get obsessed with shows and celebrities, that’s not something that dies with your teenage years. Embrace that. There’s still time to become a stuffy business type but just don’t rush into it.
So those are just a few things that I’ve learned this past year and a bit. It still seems a little weird that I’m not a student anymore, Waterstones have just expended my student plus membership so I guess I can keep the guise up a little while longer but I’m also excited for what the rest of my post-grad life looks like and I can’t wait for the journey.

How To See The Hogwarts Express at Glenfinnan Viaduct

3 Aug 2021

I knew that when we decided to go to the Scottish Highlands on holiday this summer that the one thing I definitely wanted to see was the Hogwarts Express cross the Harry Potter bridge, or the Jacobite Express cross the Glenfinnan Viaduct if you want to be a muggle about it! This is a very familiar and iconic scene within the franchise and is definitely a must-see for any fellow lifelong Potterheads out there. Luckily the Glenfinnan Viaduct is very easily accessible so if you were to find yourself in the area, it's one hundred per cent worth a visit.
a photo of the hogwarts express from harry potter or the jacobite express steam train crossing glenfinnan viaduxt in the highlands of scotland

what do my friends associate with me?

8 Jun 2021

I'm a fangirl by nature, My life is basically defined by whatever thing I'm currently obsessed with and I feel like I make this very known online so I thought it would be a fun idea to ask on Instagram what sorts of songs, tv shows and movies people associate with me. I had a lot of really fun results so I figured I should summarise everything here and see how close I think they are to the truth. These come from people who have known me for varying amounts of time both in-person and online so it was super interesting to see how different people from different circles had different responses.

book recommendations based on the eurovision 2021 top five

24 May 2021

Oh hey! I've been a little MIA lately and that's entirely due to my life once again being consumed by the Eurovision Song Contest! I've been watching Eurovision since 2006 but I started following it properly in 2016 after falling in love with Il Volo in 2015 and realised just how good Eurovision is and how much good music comes out of it every year. I did a post a few months ago all about some of the songs from the contest, that I think you should check out. This year's Eurovision was such an incredible event and there was such a good showcase of music represented. The 2021 contest was won by Italian rock band Måneskin with their song Zitti e Buoni and ever since I laid eyes on them for the first time at Sanremo they reminded me of Daisy Jones and The Six and so that inspired me to make this list! I've also included the YouTube clips of all the songs if you're interested in checking them out as well (I highly recommend it).

things i'm loving lately

11 May 2021

I did a favourites post not that long ago (back in March to be precise) but I tend to get very into things very quickly so I could talk about some new favourites every single week if I wanted to so I thought I'd whip up another one as an excuse for me to spread the love for some of the things I'm loving right now and also to use these pictures which I'm obsessed with and have been sitting in my drafts for too long now! Normally there's some sort of order to these and I split them into categories but this month's is just going to be a bit of a brain dump of rambly thoughts about my favourite things so I hope you're okay with that - It'll be fun I promise!

Books I Read in April 2021

1 May 2021

Well, I had a bit of a rough start to April! In fact, I didn't finish a single book until the tenth! I so wanted to be writing this post and tell you all that I read ten books and I loved them all but that just really wasn't the case this month. I think it's so important to not only share our wins, but also when things don't quite go according to plan too! One good thing that happened this month though, is a new coffee shop opened up right at the end of my street so that has significantly improved my life as documented in these images! I actually only ended up reading five books this month due to many different factors but I still thought I'd share a little overview with you, especially since there are a few arcs here that released this month!
girl smiling while holding sage kindle paperwhite and iced coffee latte

Long Way Down

Jason Reynolds

After Will's brother is shot he is out to get revenge. As he steps into the elevator, gun in hand, fifteen-year-old Will is determined that he's going to kill the guy who killed his brother because that's the rule, that's just what he has to do. But as the lift descends different people from Will's past enter and he starts to question that maybe the rules are wrong.

This is a poignant story told in verse that takes place over the course of sixty seconds this was a little different for me. I've actually grown to really love stories told in verse because I think they have such a special way of getting a story across without using too many words. This is especially great when it's a story like this one told in such a short period of time. Poetry just seems like the right medium for that.

The Betrayals

Bridget Collins

At the Montverre Academy, students are trained in the ancient arcane practice of the grand jeu. Leo Martin was a master of the Grand Jeu during his time at Montverre but has fallen out of love with it. After his political career lies in ruins, Leo returns to Montverre where he meets the new Magister Ludi, Claire Dryden, the first woman ever to have held the role and feels a strange connection with her and it may have something to do with his ill-fated relationship with schoolmate Aime Carfax de Courcy.

Every part of my personality should scream dark academia, House of Anubis was my favourite show when I was younger and I was obsessed with uncovering secrets about my school - I even dreamt about a secret staircase in my primary school multiple times. But for some reason, Dark Academia novels and I don't really click. There were elements of this that I really liked, my favourite part was definitely the flashback scenes between Leo and Aime, but it took me an entire month to get through the audiobook and I think I just really didn't vibe with the narration (the decision to make a character called Leo Martin sound like he was from the north of England is just a decision I can't get behind). I think this is one of those books that maybe I would have enjoyed more had I read it myself.
iced coffee latte sitting on top of kindle paperwhite

The Summer Job

Lizzy Dent

I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher

Having nowhere to live this summer, Birdy Finch ends up taking a job at a hotel in Scotland in place of her friend Heather who has just run off to Italy. However, this is not the simple hospitality job that she first thought. Heather is a trained sommelier and this restaurant is a lot fancier than Birdy bargained for and suddenly the future of the hotel is in her hands. There's also James, the handsome chef who she finds herself falling for but he thinks that she's Heather. Can she keep up the charade and protect herself and Heather's reputation for the whole summer?

I've had this book on my NetGalley shelf for months and put off reading it until closer to the summer and then suddenly we were coming up on publication day and I was in a mahoosive reading slump. I did struggle to get through this book a bit, but that was definitely a reflection on where I was at during that time rather than the book itself. I found a lot of the characters blended together a little at the beginning and it took me a while to really get into but I actually ended up really enjoying it and the conclusion actually took me by surprise which was a nice change. Generally, just a lovely read which had I been in a better reading mood at the time might have had a bigger impact on me.

Milk and Honey

Rupi Kaur

In this critically acclaimed poetry collection, Rupi Kaur writes about survival and each of the four chapters focuses on different experiences in the author's life talking about abuse, relationships, heartbreak and self-love showing that even in the bitterest of moments you can still find sweetness

Everyone has heard of this book right, and I'll be honest here I never had any intention of ever picking it up but I was just scrolling through Libby trying to find something quick to read and noticed it so I just figured, it's now or never. Spoiler alert - I absolutely adored this. I mentioned with Long Way Down that sometimes poetry just feels like the right medium to tell your story in and this is one of those times. This is a short but poignant read and I found myself highlighting so many sections. I just love how open and honest Rupi Kaur was with this narrative and it's definitely something I can see myself coming back to. I know this is a bit of a cliche book at this point but I do genuinely think it's worth the read and this is coming from someone who had no real interest in it prior to picking it up.

The Road Trip

Beth O'Leary

I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher

Addie and Dylan met while on a holiday in France and entered a relationship, cut to three years later and they've broken up but somehow now find themselves sharing a car on their way to a friend's wedding along with Addie's sister Deb, Dylan's best friend Marcus, and the elusive Rodney who nobody really knows. This book follows the eventful car journey shared by these five passengers as well as flashback scenes detailing Addie and Dylan's relationship from how it began to how it ended.

After loving both The Flatshare and The Switch last year I was very excited to get stuck into Beth O'Leary's latest offering. This one definitely had a bit of a different feel than the other two and while the romance was the main element it focused a lot more on much heavier themes throughout and generally felt much less like a rom-com. Just like Beth O'Leary's previous books though, I devoured this in one sitting, there's just something about her writing that just makes you unable to put it down! I also really enjoyed that the characters in this book were around my age which is something I don't actually find a lot of in books (if you know of any early twenties romances let me know) but I don't really feel like I related to any of these characters, they all seemed a bit too stylised. I definitely enjoyed my time reading this one.
hands holding sage kindle paperwhite and iced coffee latte
So yes all in all not my greatest reading month but also not a COMPLETE disaster! I definitely think I've gotten my reading mojo back and I'm excited about all the books that May has to offer me! How was your reading this month? I hope it was better than mine anyway! Have you read any of these books? Let me know down below!

my life in songs

20 Apr 2021

I was scrolling through TikTok the other day, and I came across a trend where you share your top songs on Spotify through the years along with some pictures of yourself at the time and I thought it looked so fun so I stole it and now I'm writing a blog post about it. I tend to go through phases with my music where I'll listen to one thing for a month and then completely switch genres so it's hard to really say exactly what my taste was for each year but I thought I'd just share my top three songs from each year, a little bit about what they mean to me and also what I was up to that year for a bit of context!
This time last year you could not have caught me with an audiobook but fast forward to now and I've read 25 books in audio format now and it's become one of my favourite ways to consume literature. I usually listen to all of my audiobooks on Libby through my local library but I've also recently taken out an audible subscription so I'm always on the lookout for new things to spend my credits on. While I'm a big fan of audiobooks I really find that sometimes the narration can make or break the book for me so here are just a few suggestions of some of the books that I've found really really great in audio format.

The Diviners

Libba Bray

It's 1926 and after a situation in her hometown seventeen-year-old Evie O'Neill is sent to live with her eccentric uncle Will in New York. Will is an expert in all things occult and even runs a museum dedicated to it so whenever murders start to happen around the city and they appear to have an occult link Will is called to help the police investigate Evie and her friends are then thrown into a whole different adventure than the one with speakeasies and follies that she'd originally intended. Evie also happens to be a diviner - someone with special powers and New York is not the safest place to be a diviner.

It wouldn't be right of me to kick off this list with anything other than The Diviners series by Libba Bray. January La Voy does such a marvellous job with narrating this series that it hardly even feels like only one person is doing the narration at times. She actually sings the bits that were meant to be sung which is so rare in audiobooks and the spooky bits are even spookier when they're being whispered in your ear. Trust me when I say you will fall in love with these characters and this story it truly is my fave ever and it's so enhanced by how wonderful the audiobooks are!

Daisy Jones and The Six

Taylor Jenkins Reid

Daisy Jones and the Six were the biggest band of the seventies, they were selling out arenas, performing on television and their songs were played on every radio station. Until one fateful night in 1979 they split up right in the middle of their biggest tour to date and until now, nobody has ever known why. In this tell-all interview, we hear all about Daisy Jones and The Six's rise and fall from fame.

This book is a true masterpiece in audio format. It has a full cast recording so it feels like you're listening to a podcast rather than a book. There are quotes from this book that live rent-free in my head and it's been almost a year now since I read it. The characters feel so real that you will truly leave this book thinking that Daisy Jones and The Six are a real band! Originally I didn't think that this sounded like the dort of thing I'd be into but this truly blew me away and definitely formed the foundation for my love of audiobooks.

The House In The Cerulean Sea

TJ Klune

Linus Baker is a care worker at the Department in Charge of Magical Youth and has been set a secret mission to check out the mysterious Marsyas Island orphanage and its equally mysterious master, Arthur Parnassus. To his surprise, he finds that the six children at this orphanage are unlike any that he has encountered before. There's a gnome, a sprite, a wyvern, a were-pomeranian, an unidentifiable blob and the antichrist.

This book is just complete and utter JOY from start to finish. These characters are such a joy and you will truly feel transported to The House in The Cerulean Sea and you won't want to leave. I truly could not recommend this book more and as I listened to the audiobook when I read it I definitely recommend listening to it!

Simon Vs The Homosapiens Agenda

Becky Albertalli

Simon Spier is just your regular seventeen-year-old teenager. He's got great friends, a great family but he has one huge secret. Nobody knows that he's gay. Simon starts up an anonymous online relationship with fellow closeted student 'Blue' but when his messages fall into the hands of the wrong person Simon, finds himself being blackmailed to avoid his secret from coming out and especially to protect Blue.

This is one of my favourite books of all time and if you've not had a chance to read it yet I highly suggest you do. It truly is just the softest read ever and after I first read this back in 2018, I immediately listened to the audiobook afterwards because I needed to live in this world a little longer and therefore I can totally recommend it! Even if you think you're too old for YA contemporaries you should still totally read this because it will just give you such a serotonin boost I promise!

The Switch

Beth O'Leary

After a disastrous pitch, an overworked Leena Cotton is forced to take two months off from work which leads to her moving into her grandmother's house in a little Yorkshire hamlet while her newly single grandmother Eileen moves into Leena's flat in London and tackles the online London dating scene.

While I read a physical copy of Beth O'Leary's debut novel, The Flatshare, I opted for the audiobook for The Switch. It's narrated by the iconic Alison Steadman and Normal People's Daisy Edgar Jones. I love audiobooks that have different perspectives narrated by different actors because I just feel like it adds so much to the story and you can really get the voice of the characters. I've heard great things about The Flatshare audiobook too so if you haven't gotten around to picking it up yet either I definitely recommend checking it out!

Naturally Tan

Tan France

This was actually the first audiobook I read at the height of my Queer Eye obsession but really this is just synonymous with memoirs and autobiographies. I truly believe the best way to hear someone's story is from them and the audiobook generally just sounds like a long interview and so if you're a fan of the person it's just a delight to listen to. So I definitely recommend checking if one of your favourite celebrities has a self-narrated memoir or autobiography that you could check out! Also, they also come with bonus content that you don't get in the physical book. This one has a bonus section with Antoni Porowski (also from Queer Eye) just popping in to say hi!

So those are just a few of my audiobook recommendations - are you a regular audiobook listener? If so, make sure to tell me some of your recommendations in the comment section too! Like I said, I'm always on the lookout for new ways to spend my audible credits!

some recent empties that I've repurchased

7 Apr 2021

*This post contains gifted items and affiliate links*

Since I've not really been leaving the house a lot lately, I've obviously not needed a lot of make-up but with things slowly opening up again I thought it was time to have a lil update of some of the products that I use a lot that had come to the end of their lives so I'm not caught out when I get invited out somewhere and find out I've got no foundation left! I tend to be a bit of a creature of habit when it comes to beauty items and so repurchasing faves is a bit of a recurring thing for me. I recently did a Cult Beauty order to stock up on some things that I'd recently finished or was coming to the end of and I also did a Glossier order recently too so I thought it would be fun to share a few of the things with you.

Books I Read in March 2021

1 Apr 2021

¡Hola! Eurovision season is really kicking off now so I feel like my reading has taken a bit of a hit while I try to keep up with constant releases - check out some of the songs from the contest this year that I think you should listen to here. I actually had such high hopes for this month's reading as well! I had a bit of a weird month because I didn't really love most of the things that I read and almost everything came in at a three-star rating, but that being said I did manage to read eight books so here's what I thought of them.
girl in blue holding book stack

I turned my presets into Instagram filters

29 Mar 2021

I've been curating my presets that I use for all my imagery here on my blog, my Instagram and even for any photography jobs that I do and I've put so much work into them over the years to get them to be exactly what I want. With such a big shift in Instagram recently to using Reels I wanted to make sure that my feed was cohesive and decided that it was about time that I had a play around with Facebook's Spark AR to see what I could come up with and I finally did the thing. My presets are now available to use as filters for Instagram stories and reels!
girl holding phone showing instagram story filters

how to have a slow morning

25 Mar 2021

I fell in love with slow mornings while at university but since beginning to work from home I fell slightly out of love with them but recently I've really started to be intentional with my mornings again. Mornings are your time to shine and really get your day started with a bang. I. think there's a bit of a misconception that a slow morning is all about lying in but that is most definitely not the case. Here are some habits that I've added to my morning to help me achieve that slow morning feeling that I crave. Obviously, for you, you don't have to stick to these specifically, just find what works for you and just do what you enjoy and embrace that morning time feeling.
girl in il volo band tee sitting on bed


I know, I know, pressing that snooze button is so tempting - taking control of your day and saying 'no alarm, I will not wake up now' especially if like me, you like to set your alarm way before you need it solely for this very reason. I don't set my alarm obscenely early or anything. I use a smart alarm that tracks when I'm best suited to wake up and I have it set for between 7am and 7.30am. I start work at 9am so realistically I don't need to get up until 8.45am, especially since I'm just working from home, I can easily just roll out of bed grab some toast and settle down for the day, but rushing your mornings will lead to you feeling rushed all day. I used to be so good at this but when the pandemic hit my sleep schedule was the first thing to go out the window but I've started reclaiming this again. It can take some time to adjust but once you're in the routine your body will thank you!
black and white photo of girl in il volo band tee sitting on bed
latte in glass mug

Avoid your socials

The first thing that I always want to do in the morning is to check my social media accounts but when it's the last thing you do before you go to sleep and the first thing you do when you wake up that's when you start to become enslaved by it. Funnily enough, if you leave your phone alone for even ten minutes - all the same messages and updates will still be there! Instead of going straight to your phone, find something else that you can channel your energy into for a few moments before delving straight into the neverending stream of social media posts.
blonde haired girl reading blue devotional book

Shower in the morning

I recently read a book where the protagonist said she didn't like showers and I had never felt more seen - I'm the type of person who truly will forgo a shower for a day because I just can't be bothered with the hassle! I often just shower and wash my hair at night time because I really don't want to have to do it in the morning but carving time out of your morning to properly shower is a great way to slow down your mornings. The shower is also a great place to think and mentally go through your to-do list. I've actually found that the mornings that I wash my hair I actually have more time to get ready than the days I don't which even to me sounds like a lie but I think really taking your time to wake up and put your best foot forward for the day really helps to slow the time down.
black and white photos of glossier beauty products on floral bedding

Create a morning routine playlist

You know how in movies and tv shows, whenever someone wakes up and there's some music playing in the background - grab a hold of that. It may look unattainable but nothing makes you feel more like the main character than having a soundtrack for your life. It's up to you what kind of music you opt for, you might want something gentle to ease you into the day or you might want something upbeat that you can have a lil bop to in order to really boost your energy levels from the get-go. A slow morning doesn't have to mean a quiet morning!
black and white photo of girl with no makeup smiling and sitting on bed

Eat a proper breakfast

Having time to really just sit down and relax in the mornings is the ultimate goal of a slow morning and by carving out some time to actually have a proper breakfast has been great. I've been using this time to go through the stories on the YouVersion Bible app because I just think this is a really great way to start my day. It gets you in a good mindset and eliminates distractions by focusing on something while eating. I prefer this to watching tv because I often find myself just flicking through channels trying to find something to watch whenever this is right here! If devotionals aren't your thing you can find something else encouraging like a podcast or a TED talk.
latte in glass mug and blue devotional book sitting on floral betting
girl holding latte in glass mug wearing a white tshirt
I hope this post has given you some sort of idea of how to curate the slow morning feeling into your life. Are you a morning person or are you all too familiar with that snooze button. 

I Ordered A Mystery Bundle From Typo

19 Mar 2021

I'd seen Typo flying around and everything always looked so cute so I knew that I needed to make a purchase! If you're unfamiliar Typo is a stationery, gifts and lifestyle brand from Cotton On founded in Australia but now have a big presence in the UK. While scrolling through the website I stumbled across their mystery bundle selection. There are currently six different mystery bundles available ranging from 6 to 8 items and costing between £15 and £20. Their options for mystery bundles are Boredom Busters, Staying In, #StationeryAddicts, Getting Sh*t Done, Self Care, and See Ya 2020. I decided to order a Staying In Mystery bundle which consisted of 7 mystery items for £15 which I honestly thought sounded like an absolute bargain. It also came in like two days which was way quicker than I was expecting so the wait to discover what you'll receive isn't even agonising! So let's move on to the reason that you're all obviously here - what the heck was in my mystery bundle and was it worth the £15? 

Six Eurovision 2021 Songs You Need To Hear Immediately

15 Mar 2021

It's that time of the year again when I try to force you all to listen to Eurovision songs and become as obsessed with them as I am. It's a fun time to be my friend lets put it that way! I'll be honest, the day that they cancelled the contest last year was one of the worst days of 2020 for me. I genuinely cried I was so upset, trivial yes but after dedicating months of your life to something, to have it torn away from you was just a little emotional okay! I've done two of these posts before, way back in 2017 and then also last year. Eurovision has been such a huge part of my life for the longest time. I've been watching the contest every year since 2008 but I didn't start following the contest properly until 2016. I feel like people, especially in the UK, have a bit of preconception of what to expect with Eurovision so this post is really here to show that there really is no such thing as 'Eurovision Music' and that this contest, that a lot of people don't take seriously, is actually such a great source of music and so many great songs and artists come out of it every year. Arcade by Duncan Laurence, which you may know because it is currently in the UK charts, actually won the contest back in 2019! As usual, this isn't my personal top ten (I'll likely make a video on that at some point soon so keep your eyes peeled over on my youtube channel for that!) but just a few songs that I think have a universal appeal that people not familiar with the contest could find some enjoyment in. I've included a selection of different genres so hopefully, there's something that suits your tastes here. Also, enjoy me milking the use out of this t-shirt I bought when I went to the contest in 2018 because it gets wheeled out every year at every party.
girl smiling with bow in hair listening to music on airpods with eurovision t shirt

a few recent faves

9 Mar 2021

Oh hello, I'll be honest. This post is really just an excuse for me to use these photos that I took with my bouquet. I never get flowers so whenever these Bloom and Wild flowers turned up on my doorstep for my birthday I was so overwhelmed with joy, especially when they came from someone who I wasn't even expecting a gift from. I have a few exciting posts planned and in my drafts but I just didn't feel like these photos belonged with them so I guess they'll have to wait! I've been switching up the way I'm using imagery on my blog and I've had such good feedback from you all so I'm excited to keep creating. All this to say, this is just a favourites post and since I'm really not one for a monthly favourites post, this is just filled with some things I've been loving from the beginning of this year. My most recent favourites post was from December where I highlighted all of my faves from 2020 so I guess this post is a continuation from that so make sure to check it out while you're here.
girl in grey sweater and red lipstick holding bouquet of pink purple and white flowers

Books I Read in February 2021

28 Feb 2021

February is a fun month. It's my birthday month for a start, I just turned twenty-three and I still can't believe I'm not sixteen anymore! I knew I wanted to read some romances this month because you know, Valentine's day and all that! I actually set up a TBR for the first time in my life because I'm normally such a mod reader. It helped that my local library dropped a whole load of new titles on Libby that I was looking forward too so it meant that my pool for books was even greater. I actually don't read a lot of straight-up romances but I'm such a sucker for a romantic subplot and I have been known to openly weep whenever couples finally get together in tv series. However, I feel like this may not have been my best idea ever because I found myself really starting to lag by about the halfway point. I ended up reading six books this month and they were all romances in one way or another. I have some new favourites and some disappointments so let's get stuck right into the lovefest!
girl in white sweater holding a pink book (lovely war by julie berry) and a green book (pride and prejudice by jane austen)

little things bringing me joy lately

23 Feb 2021

This time last year I was at an ice hockey game with my friends at the biggest arena in Belfast and everything was chill but literally, a month later we went into lockdown as things started to spiral quickly out of control. I think if you told any of us that night that a year later we'd still be in lockdown we wouldn't have believed you. I think it's now more important than ever that we're consistently doing things that make us happy because the monotony of life in lockdown coupled with the darkness of winter can really start to take its toll. I thought I'd just share a few things that I've enjoyed recently that have really made the whole staying at home thing a tad more enjoyable.
It's my twenty-third birthday this weekend, and if I'm perfectly honest, I'm not really over being twenty-two. I think because I turned twenty-two just before COVID hit it was a little bittersweet. I got to see my friends, I got to go out for dinner with my family, I got to have a party of sorts, and I brought some cake into uni to celebrate. It was a pretty normal day but little did we know that less than a month later, everything would change. I'm pretty sure whenever Taylor Swift said 'I'm feeling twenty-two' she didn't mean that she was just sitting in the house all day not getting to live life to the full. Yes I feel 'happy, free, confused, and lonely at the same time' but my official Taylor Swift birthday is over and what do I have to show for it! Instead of posting a reflective post on everything I've done this year (since it's really not been very much) I thought it would be a fun opportunity for a little q and a with yours truly! A MASSIVE thank you to everyone who contributed to this, I quite literally could not have done it without you. All of their sites are linked with their questions so make sure to check them out and show them some love! So here are twenty-three questions for twenty-three years...

My Current Everyday Makeup Routine

9 Feb 2021

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I don't know about you but I honestly don't wear makeup all that often anymore. I used to wear it every single day for uni but now that I'm not leaving the house ever, essentially the only time I put makeup on is when I'm shooting content. When I was at uni I would literally put makeup on every morning for class but I have a lot less motivation now to get dressed up for Zoom calls unless they're slightly bigger events but who can really be bothered to put a full face of makeup on to go and sit in the makeshift living room office all day. But Some days even in lockdown you want to put a little bit of effort in so this is what I like to do on the days that I can actually be bothered to get properly ready.

Books I Read in January 2021

31 Jan 2021

How crazy is it that the first month of 2021 is over? I've set myself the goal of reading 40 books this year. I managed to read 54 books last year but after a bit of a drought at the end of last year (I literally didn't finish a single book in December) I decided not to be too over ambitious with my goals and 40 is double what I would usually set because 2020 was such a great reading year for me but I'm not sure if I'm up to 10 books a month in my current state. I started off really well but then Olivia Rodrigo dropped drivers license so that took up way too much of my time but I finished strong. That being said in January I did manage to read NINE books which means we're off to a good enough start and I'm almost a quarter of the way to 40 already! I don't trust myself to maintain this especially since I read so so many great books this month I'm worried that I've peaked too soon and nothing will quite live up to these.

It's A Snow Day - Some Thoughts on Anticipation

24 Jan 2021

Well, it finally happened, we got our snow!!! For weeks it's been forecast and for weeks we haven't gotten any. There's been snow in other parts of the country, heck even other parts of the city, but my little corner of Belfast was snow-free until today. I love being inside when it's snowing far more than I love being outside in the snow but for some reason every time those sweet white flakes come down I become a child again and run out the door, carefree, ready to embrace the cold like an old friend.
The wait for the first snow of the year is a funny time. It usually hits around late January to early February but as I mentioned, living in the city, in the lowlands, and near the water, we get it a little later than everyone else. I've been seeing my friends. who live out in the country or up in the hills posting on their Instagram stories for the past few weeks of their snowy exploits and you begin to feel like you're missing out. Even if it is a trivial little thing like waiting longer for snow it really got me thinking about anticipation and seasons of waiting.
Social media is in some ways such a positive thing but at the same time is such a leader for toxic thoughts and comparison. Seeing other people reach goals that you are nowhere near to achieving can be encouraging and damaging. We're all on different paths and just because all around us we see people younger than us achieving these great things it doesn't mean that we are behind, it doesn't mean that we're failing. We don't need to look back and analyse all the mistakes we may have made that may have led us to this moment of not being where we wanted to be because the truth is you are right where you're supposed to be at this moment in time.
It's frustrating, especially now that COVID and lockdowns are preventing us from really getting out there and smashing those goals, we've maybe had to hit pause on that exciting venture but that doesn't mean that we just stop. We can continue to look forward to the future with anticipation that better things are to come one day you will get your snow and you will reach those goals and if it happens later than you thought it's not a reflection on you, you're just on a different path than you maybe thought. In Isaiah 55:8-9 it says:
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord For as the heavens are higher than the earth,so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts."
We can trust that God has us on the right path and that in the end if we continue to trust in his plan for our lives, we will prevail.
This was really a spur of the moment post with spur of the moment photos because sometimes no matter how hard we plan for things sometimes ideas just come and it just feels right to post them then and there so hopefully everything I said here makes sense a little bit.
Has it snowed yet where you are and do you get as excited about snow as I clearly do? And are you more of an inside when it snows or outside when it snows kind of person?