A Look Back At My 2015 Goals

This time last year I set myself some goals for 2015. Some were related to my blog, others to my writing and others were just general lifestyle aims. I'm actually just about to do the same thing for 2016, but before I start focusing on the new years goals I thought I'd share the progress I made with this round of goals!

Top 6 Books of 2015

2015 was an epic year of reading for me. I smashed my Goodreads reading challenge and although I may have swayed from my 2015 Reading Challenge in one way, I did read a ton of new books this year, despite the fact that I endured several reading slumps. I'm a creature of habit and I'm so guilty of re-reading books more often than picking up new ones, but during 2015 I feel I managed to kick this terrible trait. Just a little bit. If you'd like to know exactly what books I read this year, then feel free to click on over to my Goodreads profile, where you can find a full list! Why not add me as a friend whilst you're there? ;) But, for now, allow me to introduce you to my Top 6 Books of 2015!

What I Got My Boyfriend For Christmas

I can't count the number of times I'd uttered the words "I can't wait to give Luke his presents" on the run up to Christmas, but I know for a fact that I'd said them once or twice (or five times) here on the blog. So I thought that now that he's opened them and assured me that I was right to be excited about them, I'd show you what all the fuss was about! I got him one 'main' present and a few smaller 'main' ones, then I just did him a stocking. I hope you don't think that I'm doing this in any malicious way, or that I'm bragging - I'm just so happy with what I got him and we both want to remember it! I also thought that it might be helpful for anyone who finds the men in their life difficult to buy for - Christmas may be out of the way, but they do have a birthday before the next one!

What I Got For Christmas 2015

SURPRISE! I bet you didn't expect to see me pop up in your Twitter/Bloglovin' feed this afternoon, did you?! It's rare for me to upload a post at a time that isn't 8am, but the blog lighting Gods dictated that I couldn't photograph this post until about an hour ago. So here we are at 2pm!

Merry Christmas!

Hey everyone! I'm sure your Bloglovin' feed is going to be flooded with posts just like this one, but I wanted to pop up a little 'Merry Christmas' post for anyone that doesn't follow me on social media. I'm not actually joining in with the festivities this year because I'm really unwell but in spirit I am eating Cheeselets and roast potatoes and Dairy Milk caramels. In reality I'll be coughing and shaking and sniffling under my duvet!
 I hope you all have a FAB day, filled with love and laughter and happiness. And if you don't celebrate Christmas, I still hope your day is filled with those things! I do have a few posts lined up after Christmas, such as my 'Top 6 Books of 2015' and hopefully a 'What I Got For Christmas' post, so I will be checking in a few times before 2016 comes along. But for now I'll just wish you a Merry Christmas! xx

Makeup Revolution Advent Calendar | Week Three

Welcome to my third and final advent calendar haul of 2015! As you read this I only have three advent doors to open, which means there's just three days until Christmas! I'll probably include what I got from my calendar on these final days in another post, or I'll share them on Instagram or something. Either way, I can't quite believe that I only have three more to open. I've grown to like receiving a new make-up product every single day! ;) I will definitely miss this little piece of my morning routine come December 26th.

8 Things I Achieved in 2015

I know that we're a mere five days away from Christmas, but right now I'm focused on another occasion that's looming on the horizon: New Year. I actually really enjoy New Year, and January is usually one of the best months for me in terms of motivation and confidence. Things to tend to burn out a little come February, but that's beyond the point... Either way, I've been thinking a lot about what I want to achieve next year, and also what I've achieved this year. I didn't feel like I'd done much of note this year, but the more I thought about it, the more I realised I've done some pretty great things. Grab yourself a hot drink of choice and some biscuits, this post is going to be a long one!

Lush So White Bath Bomb


So White appears to be a real Cult Classic for Lush at Christmas Time, yet it's a bath bomb that I'd never tried before this year. I feel like the reason I never picked it up is because of it's innocent white exterior - it looks especially plain when stood next to something like Golden Wonder or Father Christmas. But I was determined to try all of the Christmassy bath bombs this year so I got Luke to grab me one whilst he was in town a few weeks ago.

5 Reasons I'm Excited for Christmas


Can you believe we're down to single digits in the Christmas Day Countdown? WE'RE ONE WEEK AWAY. I genuinely can't believe how quickly December has flown by. I feel like I haven't had a chance to do anything I wanted to yet. This is mostly because of me being ill and bed-ridden for what seems like a year, but hopefully it'll be gone by this time next week! Also because of this irritating illness, I feel my Christmas spirit vanished as quickly as my energy. So today I thought I'd list five reasons I'm excited for Christmas, in the hopes of re-igniting my festive spirit.

My Bookish Confessions

 I hate bookmarks. They annoy me, they're inconvenient, they usually fall out of my books and make me loose my place.
So how do I mark my place, you ask? I FOLD DOWN THE PAGE EDGE. Yes, I know. You hate me. I'm sorry. One reason I actually like doing this is because when I reread books I can see where I've paused when reading before. Does that make sense? My dad thinks I'm well weird because of this but ya know.
 I HATE HARDBACKS. They're clunky and big and uncomfortable.

10 Free Festive Activities

Budgets are always tight come December, what with all of the gifts and festive foods to buy. So today I thought I'd list ten free Christmassy activities that you can do with your family, your boyfriend/girlfriend, your best friends... you could even do some of them by yourself! Most of them are completely free, although you could spend a little money on a few of them if you'd like to - it's not a must, though.
1. Christmas Lights Tour. Make a hot chocolate, pour it into a flask, grab your dog and younger sibling/partner and walk around your local area, spotting Christmas lights. Vote on which house you think has the best decorations!

Makeup Revolution Advent Calendar | Week Two

I can't believe I'm writing this post already - it feels like just yesterday I was writing up Week One's instalment! But a whole week has passed since then, and I have seven new advent calendar treats to show you! I'm actually really ill at the moment - trust me to get ill whilst blogging every day - so I apologise in advance if my sentences don't string together quite right. I'm finding it difficult to be at my laptop for long, but I'm refusing to fail Blogmas, even if it's just one day that I miss. This also means that I'm not going to be scheduling tweets for the next few days, but rest assured if you visit my blog or check on Bloglovin' there will be a new post for you every day at 8am!

The Library of Fragrance Perfumes

If there's one part of my beauty stash that was completely depleted when I decided to become cruelty-free, it was my perfume collection. I've never really been an avid wearer of perfume - I was always more of a body spray/mist kinda gal - but I have to admit, I have missed the option of spritzing myself with something a bit more special. So when I was given the opportunity to review a few perfumes from the Library of Fragrance, I jumped at the chance.

Things I Like In A Book


I've been thinking a lot about my reading tastes recently. It was Bee's post that sparked the topic, and I've found it v interesting to think about what I really like in a book. Because it turns out that I'm very fussy and won't even bother looking at a book that doesn't offer at least two of the following things...

♥ First person narrative.
 Young adult genre, always.
 Anything to do with royalty.
 Especially if the main character is a princess.
Light hearted dystopia.
Platonic bromance.
 Sarcastic characters.
 Badass female characters.
 Protagonists with mental health issues.
♥ More specifically, protagonists with anxiety.
 Romance the builds through-out the entire book.
Cute, fluffy romance.
Dark, intense romance.
Anything set within the Victorian era.
 ♥ Female characters that go after what they want.
♥ Female characters that don't shy away from sex and sexuality.
Tortured souls.
 ♥ Beautiful, lyrical writing that actually makes sense.
♥ Conversational writing.
 ♥ Secondary characters that actually have personality.

What do you look for in a book? Do you have any recommendations for me based on my reading taste?

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Saturday Share #3 | The Festive Edition

As the days go by and we get closer to Christmas, I can feel myself growing more and more impatient. I can't wait for all of the family time and food and of course, gift giving. I know I've said this a million times but I really just want to give everyone the presents I've gotten them. Especially my boyfriend and mum! And my sister, and my dad and my brother... Ahem. So. The point I was trying to get across is that today is Saturday and it's close to Christmas so I thought I'd throw together another Saturday Share. Only this time it's the Festive Edition!

20 Festive Blog Photo Props

It's always fun to accessorise blog photos with props that are relevant to the time of year, whether that's by using confetti hearts on Valentines Day or conkers during Autumn. I've been playing around with using different festive things when taking my Blogmas photos recently, so today I thought I'd share with you some festive prop ideas for your own Christmassy blog posts!

Current Favourites

I kind of regret not doing a November favourites at the beginning of this month, but I just couldn't get the items to photograph right. Plus I knew that I didn't want to do a December favourites because come January I try not to have any blog posts that relate back to the year that's just gone. It's probably really silly, but I just like the new year to be as fresh and new as possible! Anyway, the point I am trying to make is that instead of me doing two separate favourites, today I'm going to give you an edit of my current favourites. ARE YOU READY?

My True Love Gave To Me by Various Authors

Title: My True Love Gave To Me
Author: Various authors.
Genre: Young Adult
Length: 320 pages
Published: 1st October 2014

I had to include a Christmassy book review somewhere in Blogmas didn't I?! And what an adorable book it is. I'm sure we all know by now that I'm a particularly disloyal reader, and am always dropping books from my reading routine in favour of new ones. One of the most recent additions into my rotation has been My True Love Gave To Me, which is a collection of festive short stories written by a bunch of different authors. It's been nice to flit between this and the two other books I've been reading. Some of the authors featured include Rainbow Rowell, David Levithan, Matt De La Pena, Gayle Forman and Stephanie Perkins, who also acted as editor.

Makeup Revolution Advent Calendar | Week One

Happy Blogmas day eight! Who would have thought that I would have survived the first week of Blogmas with my sanity remaining intact? I hope you guys are enjoying my posts and aren't sick of seeing me in your Bloglovin/Twitter feed yet! I'm actually really enjoying Blogmas, and it's making the run up to the Big Day even more exciting for me. Hopefully it's the same for you! But of course, Blogmas day eight doesn't just mark the end of my first week blogging every day. It also means I've opened seven doors from my Makeup Revolution advent calendar! Today I thought I'd show you what I found hiding inside.

Meat Free Christmas Mains


The question I've been asked most recently is "how are you going to have a Christmas dinner without meat?!". I've tried my best to be patient with these people as I know they're genuinely interested and aren't trying to be ignorant but the opinion that Christmas isn't Christmas without a giant slab of meat on your plate is getting old, really fast.  I've been planning on doing this post for a while because (I hope) it'll be helpful but right now it seems very necessary! So I've put together a little food-spiration post for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike, showcasing 6 meat-free Christmas mains.

The Happy List #8

I've tried to write this post about twenty-million times (read: twice) so far, but the words just aren't flowing right. Apparently all my mind wants me to talk about is my mental health (which is crap) and Christmas (which is exciting) but there are lots of cute little things I want to remember so today, instead of titling this post 'Life Lately' like I was going to, I'm going to give you another Happy List! I know I only did one like two weeks ago, but what can I say? You can't have too much happiness, right?

1. Exchanging Christmas cards with Victoria. How sweet is this Christmas card that Victoria sent me? It's a pug in a jumper wearing glittery reindeer antlers! Seriously though, it made me so happy that  Victoria asked me if I'd like to exchange cards with her. It also meant that I had to go out and buy a Christmas card for the first time in my adult life!

6 Books I Still Haven't Read

I don't think that it's unusual for a reader to have a collection of books on their shelf that they still haven't read yet, and I feel like if you're a book blogger then it's a probably-definite thing. I very rarely buy books that I don't want to read instantly, so it's not really a surprise that my collection of TBR books is fairly small - but still, today I thought I'd share with you 6 books that I still haven't read.

Lush Yog Nog Bath Bomb


Last year, I fell in love with the scent of Lush's Yog Nog soap. It's very unlike anything I usually like (I'm a sucker for anything sweet), but it's warm spiciness drew me in. I didn't pick up any of the soap because I knew I'd never use it, but when Lush released a bath bomb this year with the same name and scent I couldn't say no!

Things I'd Like For Christmas 2015

Since I've been dishing out Christmas gift guides left, right and centre since the beginning of November, I figured that it was about time I showed you what I'd like to get for Christmas this year. Of course these are all material things, so my other personal Christmas wishes (such as happiness, love, health for my family and a roast dinner) are being hung on the Christmas tree instead. I haven't exactly asked anyone for any of these gifts (aside from one or two) and I genuinely don't mind if I don't get them. This is just what I'd like!

Bedroom Details #2

I'm so so pleased with how my bedroom has come together this year. I've replaced almost all of my old mis-matching wooden furniture for a bunch of white bookcases of various size, I've organised my books in a more practical yet visually appealing way and I've played around with displaying artwork and photos. The most recent change in my room has been the inclusion of this Ikea Billy bookcase, and today I thought I'd give you a lil tour.

Things To Do Before 2016

Welcome to Blogmas 2015! I've been seriously debating about whether or not I was going to join in with Blogmas, but then I thought why the hell not? It's not like I value my free time or anything... I'm kidding! (kind of) So yes, this is just a little declaration to let you guys know that you'll be getting a blog post every single day from me from December 1st right up until Christmas! Not all of them are going to be centred around Christmas because 1. I'll probably have other stuff to talk about, 2. it'll probably get on your nerves and 3. I didn't want to alienate anyone who doesn't celebrate Christmas. But yes. Anyway. Onto my to-do list.