Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Why sponsored posts on blogs are not okay

I’ve been thinking about writing this post for a long time. I know it’s controversial, and most of the time, I prefer not to get involved in the ‘business’ side of blogging. It’s a hobby, it’s something I started for fun (when I began blogging in 2013 I didn’t even realise people blogged as a business – I just wanted people to read, and enjoy, what I wrote). I suppose I felt that if people wanted to treat their blogs differently, that was kind of up to them and I just wouldn't get involved.



But yesterday I watched a Youtube video by a girl in her twenties, supposedly discussing ‘how to look luxury on a budget’. She's a blogger as well as a Youtuber, one I really like and have followed for a long time. The video was sponsored by Natwest and it encouraged students to open accounts with the bank. It triggered something in my memory, and I went on Twitter and looked it up. Only six months ago, the very same blogger had tweeted angrily that Natwest hadn’t refunded her for some money that had been taken fraudulently from her account. She strongly advised her followers to close their Natwest accounts.

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Thursday, 13 July 2017

How I cured the eczema on my face and eyes

REALLY OBVIOUS DISCLAIMER: I’m not a doctor. If you didn’t know. I’m not qualified to deal with eczema, dermatitis, or skincare in any which way, except that I used to have really severe facial eczema, and now I don’t. As you will see, I did – and absolutely recommend that you do – seek medical advice with this condition first and foremost, so please don’t blame me if you, I don’t know, put coconut oil on your face and spontaneously combust, okay?

Second disclaimer: this is going to be quite a long, informative post – I want it to be that way, because this is what I would have wanted to read last year when I was going through hell and back with my eczema – but if you just want a quick round up of the products I recommend, with links, I’ll put that at the bottom so you can just scroll straight down. I hope that helps!

Third and final disclaimer: I don't have any photos at the moment because although I took some 'before' shots, annoyingly I can't find them. If and when I find them I'll add them here. 

Okay, so: here we go!

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Canary Wharf Weekends

When I first moved to Canary Wharf (nearly four years ago now! Where does the time go?!) a lot of people would kind of give me a weird look when I told them where I lived. It’s the same response we still get now… ‘but isn’t it really dead at the weekends?’


Not only has it NEVER been dead at the weekends (but it is usually quiet enough that you can get a table! Good for those who have always been a bit old at heart – like yours truly!) the introduction of the cross rail and the new shops and restaurants that have come alongside that means there is literally SO much to do in Canary Wharf that you could never get bored of living there (to the disappointment of my mum who wants me to move back to my hometown today!) Recently we spent a whole sunny Saturday and I thought I’d run you through what we did…

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Monday, 10 July 2017

Glastonbury 2017 – Worthy View

Around this time last year I wrote this post and in it I asked how people do Glastonbury, at least when they’re not 21 anymore and they can’t spend a weekend sleeping drunk in a puddle without spending an entire month in a spa to recover. And this year, HOORAY, I actually figured it out!



Last year’s Glasto was such a hard slog. I enjoyed it, don’t get me wrong, but I came home exhausted and covered in mud and just genuinely wondering if I was going to do it again. When my friends started the yearly group chat around who was going to get up early for tickets, I honestly considered saying I was out, and when we managed to get them (thanks to my extremely hungover husband, who then immediately slammed the laptop shut and went back to sleep for 3 hours!) I couldn’t tell if I was pleased or nervous. And THEN, one of my friends admitted he was kind of feeling the same way, and we came up with a secret plan to convince the others (who still think sleeping in the puddle is fun and ‘authentic’) that camping at Worthy View was a good idea.

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Monday, 5 June 2017

Camden Rocks Festival

On Saturday, my friends and I headed to Camden for Camden Rocks festival. I’d been to the Camden Crawl a couple of years back and LOVED it, so I had high hopes…and they were not in vain! Not only was the weather amazing (so sunny after getting caught in a complete downpour the night before) but the music was excellent and we had such a nice day drinking (too much) and wandering from venue to venue. I think it’s such a good idea, and definitely something to try if you’re not keen on the traditional spend-the-day-outdoors-in-a-field type festival. Basically you just buy a wristband, and that gives you entry to multiple venues across Camden, where you can see a variety of rock/indie/metal bands playing throughout the day.



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Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Summer in the city

I’ve got so much to write about at the moment that it’s somewhat overwhelming, because when the weather cheers up the way it did last week, there’s literally nothing you can do to keep me in the house! After a weekend celebrating birthdays I thought I might have a quiet one, but I accidentally… didn’t. But honestly – HOW nice has it been, just to walk down the street in a skirt and sandals and not feel even a little bit cold?


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Monday, 22 May 2017

30 things on my 30th birthday

I don’t know how, but this week I turned 30. I KNOW. I’m not okay with it either. Luckily, I was super spoilt and it was genuinely one of the best weeks of my life (update on that soon) so I’m kind of okay with it, but I STILL don’t know where my twenties have gone.  



Somehow, both slowly and quickly, the years since I was a teenager have flicked past and now I’m getting to the point where people are going to start giving me those ‘over the hill’ joke birthday cards,  and there’s nothing much I can do about it. And although I don’t particularly dread getting older (it is, as Maurice Chevalier once said, better than the alternative) it does make me think about the last time I changed decades (in my second year of university – I made my friends wear pink for the day and I wore a tiara – yes, really) and what I’ve learnt since then. So here are a few select nuggets of advice that I would tell my former self. 30 things I’ve learnt in 30 years.
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