BLOGMAS – DAY 20 – The Christmas Tag

Hey guys,

Welcome to my 20th Blogmas post, today I’m doing the Christmas Tag! I was tagged by Judanna and Emily, thank you both so much!

So let’s get started!

1. Favourite Christmas Movie & Why?

Elf! Well who DOESN’T love elf?!! It’s such a funny and feel good Christmas movie!

2. Top 3 Songs On Your Christmas Playlist?

Santa Tell Me – Ariana Grande, Do They Know It’s Christmas? – Band Aid and It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas – Michael Bublé

3. Favourite Christmas Tradition?

My current tradition is going to winter wonderland every year and so far it’s definitely my favourite! Love going there as there’s so much to do and see!

4. What Is On Your Christmas Bucket List?

To go to the Christmas markets in Berlin, was going to go this year but looks like it’ll be next year haha

5. Buddy The Elf or Ebenezer Scrooge?

Definitely buddy the elf!!! I love Christmas!

6. Best Thing About Being A Parent At Christmas (alternative if not a parent; Favourite Thing About Christmas For You?

My favourite thing about Christmas is the atmosphere and the movies! I love getting snug and watching a Christmas movie, makes me feel so festive!

7. What Is One Present You Asked For As A Child, But Never Received?

A dog! Every single year I wrote on my list that I wanted a dog, never happened! Got a soft toy though and a dog robot.

8. Do You Have Any Christmas Eve Traditions?

When I was little we used to have a mini roast, watch Christmas movies and open one present the night before. This has stopped though unfortunately

9. Which Festive Beverage Tickles Your Tinsel?

It’s crazy but I’ve never actually tried mulled wine and I don’t know any other festive drinks so I’m just gonna say my usual favourite which is vodka and cranberry.

10. Best Present You Ever Received?

My first ever iPod, I had saved up for it for months (before I had a job) and I had the right amount of money for it on Christmas Eve but my dad insisted the shops would be waaaay too busy, and that I should wait till after Christmas. Then the next day woke up and found out he had got it for me as a Christmas present!

11. Sprouts on Christmas Dinner? Yay Or Nay?

Naaaaay

12. What Would be your ideal Christmas?

Surrounded by my own family hopefully one day, I think Christmas is way more special when there’s a young child in the family. I can’t wait to have Christmasses with my future children.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, I’m not going to tag anyone but if you want to do this post please feel free to!

If you missed yesterday’s post you can check it out here

Thank you for reading,

Love, Jess x

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VOGUE 73 QUESTIONS TAG

Hey guys,

I was tagged by Angela from dreamsandlashes.com to do the Vogue’s 73 Questions tag! I’m so excited to answer these questions and hopefully you will get to know me more in the process! It is quite a long post, so if you can’t make your way through all of it I completely understand!

Let’s get started!

  • What’s the best thing that’s happened to you this month?

It was mine and Grahams’ 6 month anniversary and he brought me on a day out around London for the day which was really good.

  • What’s the best thing that’s happened to you this year?

Starting this new job, I was very very lucky to get my job and I am so glad that I did! (I work as a TA in a nursery in a school)

  • What’s the best thing to happen to you ever?

Is it too cringey to say meeting Graham? Because that is probably the best thing that’s happened.

  • What’s your favourite season?

My favourite season is winter purely for the atmosphere, warm jumpers, hot drinks, cosy nights in and Christmas. But summer is a close second!

  • What’s your favourite holiday?

Christmas definitely! Love the atmosphere, the food and the movies!

  • Would you ever live in a big city?

I already do, I live in London. However I want to move out of London when I’m a bit older.

  • What’s your favourite ice cream?

Chocolate flavoured 100%! My ultimate favourite is Ben and Jerry’s Half Baked, however I can’t find it in any shops anymore which is heartbreaking.

  • What’s your favourite dessert?

Chocolate brownie!!

  • Cake or pie?

Cake definitely! I’m not a huge fan of pie, unless it’s apple pie.

  • What’s your least favourite food?

Fish! I can’t stand the smell, texture or taste of fish. (Except tuna)

  • What’s your favourite condiment?

I would have to say mixed herbs or garlic. (I totally did not have to google what condiment means…)

  • It’s brunch, what do you eat?

I’m boring so I would probably get a baguette or toastie.

  • What is your favourite colour?

Red

  • What colour dress did you wear to your prom?

Black and white.

  • Blow dry or air dry?

If I’m doing my hair before I go out I would blow dry, but normally I let my hair dry naturally.

  • Do you think you’re strong?

Physically, no. Mentally, yes.

  • Who is a person you’d love to have coffee with?

My old bestfriend in primary school, would be nice to see what she is up to.

  • When was the last time you cried?

Maybe just over 3 weeks ago, when I was thinking about moving out and realised I’d have to leave my cat behind. (at my parents)

  • Who’s the last person you texted?

Graham

  • Twitter or Instagram?

I’d have to say Twitter as I feel like you can connect with more people on there, but I love instagram too!

  • Who should everyone follow right now?

You should all follow respirare.weebly.com as her blog is amazing and deserves all the recognition it can get!

  • Have you ever had anything stolen from you?

When I was 14 I was on holiday with my parents, left my bag on the table and someone returned it to me but the 100 Euros I had was gone.

  • Favourite country you’ve visited?

Menorca, as I’ve been there twice but when I was younger and I loved it!

  • Country you wish to visit?

Oh there are so many! My top one at the moment is Thailand

  • First pet?

My current pet, My cat Ellie

  • Favourite disney animal?

There’s so many to choose from! Will have to say Pascale from the movie Tangled.

  • What are you doing tomorrow?

Working, exciting!

  • What are you most excited about in life right now?

I’m excited mostly for Christmas, as me and Graham have planned quite a few things to do.

  • A book you read because everyone else was reading it?

A fault in our stars, definitely didn’t disappoint.

  • What are you completely bored of right now?

This cold!! It feels like I have been ill for ever and I’m sick of it. (Pardon  the pun)

  • What’s your favourite beverage?

Coffee!

  • What’s your favourite cocktail?

Sex on the beach and pornstar martini

  • What would you order at a McDonald’s drive through?

A cheeseburger, mozzarella dippers, blueberry muffin and a toffee latte

  • What’s one thing you still have from your childhood?

My cuddly toy called Flopsy.

  • What’s your favourite current TV show?

Torn between Riverdale and Once Upon a Time

  • What’s a movie that’s made you cry?

Most recent one was dogs purpose.

  • What do you miss the most?

Not having to stress about money

  • What’s something you can’t do?

I can’t sing to save my life.

  • What are your nicknames?

Jess or Jessie, only certain people call me Jessie though

  • What makes you laugh a lot?

My friends, my dad or my cat being dopey.

  • Heels or flats?

Flats definitely! I can’t walk in heels at all!

  • What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?

I don’t know, I haven’t really done anything adventurous yet

  • What’s the one thing you wanted to do but been scared of?

Funnily enough it was blogging, I’ve wanted to blog for ages but only just recently plucked up the courage to

  • What’s the thing you’re most proud of?

Doing well at college and being qualified to do what I want to do.

  • What did you want to do with your life at age 5?

I always wanted to be a vet when I was younger but as I got older I realised what the job actually entailed and I realised I wouldn’t be good for the job.

  • Dogs or Cats?

I love both but definitely dogs!

  • What’s the most important thing someone can learn?

How to be a good and honest person. We need more of those in the world!

  • Bath or shower?

Shower, it’s quicker. However, if I need to relax/destress a bath is best.

  • Mountain hideaway or beach house?

Mountain hideaway definitely! I’d be too scared of flooding/tsunami if I lived by a beach, plus I hate the feel of sand.

  • If you could spend 3 months somewhere, where would it be?

America, I would love to do a road trip around America and see some of the states!

  • Are you messy or neat?

Neat, got a bit of an OCD in certain aspects.

  • What is your favourite scented candle?

I love berry scented candles!

  • What is the first thing you do each morning?

I check my phone, social media and all that then I get up and start my day

  • What do you have for breakfast?

Weekdays I have weetabix or porridge and on weekends I have pancakes or crumpets.

  • What’s the last thing you do before you go to bed?

I read a chapter of my book.

  • What’s one skill you wish you had?

I would love to be able to draw/paint/sketch

  • What’s your favourite pizza?

Tuna and sweetcorn or meat feast

  • Describe your ideal man in 3 words

Honest, funny and caring.

  • Who was the last person you spoke to on the phone?

My mum, I don’t really call people, I’m more of a texter.

  • At what age were you the happiest?

I can’t remember an exact age but it was before my teens

  • What’s the last thing you ate?

A packet of malteasers, healthy right?

  • Where do you go to when you need to be alone?

My room or for a walk

  • What’s the biggest thing on your mind right now?

Trying to decide how I want to study to be a teacher

  • What’s the best activity to do at home on a rainy day?

I love lying in bed, reading books and watching netflix.

  • What are you listening to right now?

A christmas playlist on spotify. (Woop Christmas is coming!)

  • On a scale of 1-10 how happy are you in life right now?

7

  • What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?

Frogs legs

  • Starter or dessert?

Dessert definitely! I rarely ever get  a starter

  • What’s the furthest you’ve been from home?

Geographically wise probably Cyprus earlier on this year.

MY NOMINEES

Caitlin

simply shaiz

PAE reviews

If you’ve made it this far thank you! If you couldn’t finish it still thank you for reading what you did! I know it was a long one.

What else do you want to know about me? Comment below

Take care,

Love, Jess x

Sunshine Blogger Award

Happy Tuesday everyone!

I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award  a couple of weeks ago by the lovely Sonam. Please go and check out her blog! She posts inspirational posts, beauty and lifestyle posts. Thank you again for nominating me Sonam!

RULES OF THE AWARD

  • Shout out to the blogger who nominated you with a link back to their blog
  • Answer the 11 questions given by the blogger nominating you
  • Nominate 11 more bloggers for the Sunshine Award, with links to their blogs
  • Don’t forget to notify your nominees!
  • Give 11 new questions for the nominees to answer

SONAM’S QUESTIONS FOR ME

  1. What has been your all-time favourite post to work on?

The Harry Potter Studio Tour post! Writing that post gave me a chance to relive the experience which I loved!

  1. What is the one piece of advice you can give to anyone that wants to start their own blog?

To write about things that you like not what you see other people posting and to not be scared that people won’t read it because trust me they will! The blogging community is much more supportive than I ever imagined.

  1. How different is your life now from one year ago?

This time last year I was very unhappy at my (old) job and in my personal life. This year I have started a new job which I LOVE and have met an amazing person to make memories with. (Yes Graham, this is about you)

  1. Where is the place that you have always wanted to go?

Disney Land & World.

  1. How has your journey as a blogger been for you?

It’s been amazing! I’ve made friends with amazing bloggers from all around the world who are lovely!

  1. What is your all time favourite film? and why?

Harry Potter series….because I LOVE it and if you didn’t know that by now read my previous posts and you’ll soon be up to date.

  1. Tell us about a book that made an impact on your life

You guys are going to get so bored of my answers, this one is again Harry Potter. Without reading the books I wouldn’t have the same love and awe as I do for the movies and the whole production.

  1. Have you made any new year’s resolutions?

To focus on me and do things that are beneficial and not just for the sake of it. I like to think I’ve accomplished both of those.

  1. What is the boldest choice you’ve ever made?

Probably starting this blog and sharing it with those I know in real life.

  1. What is your spirit animal?

A wolf

  1. Who inspires you in life?

My friends, my dad and other bloggers that I have met!

I NOMINATE..

YOUR QUESTIONS

  1. Where do you see yourself in one year?
  2. What is your favourite season and why?
  3. If you could go to another country tomorrow, where would you go?
  4. If you could spend a day as any celebrity, who would it be and why?
  5. What song do you relate to the most?
  6. How has blogging changed your life?
  7. What’s the best book you’ve ever read?
  8. What motivates you to blog?
  9. What is the ONE thing you don’t like about blogging?
  10. What are your goals for 2018?
  11. What is your favourite quote?

And that’s that! I love these awards as it is a great way to interact with other bloggers and make new blogger friends!

I hope you have enjoyed this post and thank you for reading!

Love,

Jess x

Blogger Recognition Award

Good afternoon everyone! I got nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award by the lovely Erika and Hebah.  Please check out both of their blogs, they both have amazing posts that I’m sure you will love.

What is the Blogger Recognition Award?

It is made by bloggers for bloggers. It’s a way to let fellow bloggers know that you recognise and appreciate the hard work that they do.

If you accept the nomination, here are the rules:

  • Write a blog post to showcase your award
  • Thank the blogger that nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started
  • Share two general pieces of advice for others
  • Nominate 15 other bloggers
  • Let your 15 bloggers know that you have nominated them.

So without further ado let’s get started…

How my blog started…

I’ve been blogging since September so just about 3 months approximately. I wanted to start blogging over a year ago but I was too scared and embarrassed to put myself out there. I actually wrote my first ever post on my blog last August in an Uber going to work; however, I was too scared to share it so my blog went nowhere. September this year I finally plucked up the courage to start again, this time trying not to care what negative things people had to say about it. I was pleasantly surprised to find everyone was so supportive of me, even when I first started people on twitter and people I knew in real life were so supportive of me.

The reason why I wanted to blog was that I always loved reading others blogs and watching youtube videos. It inspired me to use blogging as a platform to express my love for makeup and all things beauty.

Advice to new bloggers

  • NEVER compare yourself to other bloggers, everyone is unique and has different writing styles. Comparing yourself will only knock your confidence and stop you from fulfilling your potential as a blogger.
  • Don’t over work yourself, don’t put too much pressure to post too often. If you’re busy and can only post once a week or less than that, that’s fine! Make sure blogging doesn’t become a chore and you don’t start dreading writing the posts. It should always be fun for you so you can enjoy what you’re writing about. Happy writer = Happy reader.

Nominations

  1. simply shaiz
  2. becca
  3. caitlin
  4. dominique
  5. angela
  6. kayla
  7. judanna
  8. respirare
  9. kris marie
  10. sophie
  11. sonam
  12. shannon
  13. hebah
  14. ourlilmtntribe
  15. okami ammy

Thank you for reading this post!

What pieces of advice would YOU give new bloggers? Comment below

Take care

Love, Jess

The Mystery Blogger Award

The Mystery Blogger Award

Hey guys,

Earlier this month I was nominated for ‘The Mystery Blogger Award’ by the lovely CherishingFlo. If you haven’t already you should check out her blog. She posts about lifestyle tips and her personal life. I LOVE her blog, her posts are always fresh and inspiring and won’t fail to add a smile to your face! So thank you so much for nominating me!

You may be sitting there wondering what an earth this award is even about well….

The award was made by Okoto Enigma, check out her post on how and why she created it! (Original post).

What is the ‘Mystery Blogger Award’?

“Mystery Blogger Award is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.” – Okoto Enigma

RULES (the only rules I like to follow….haha just kidding…)

  1. Put the award logo on your blog
  2. list the rules
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  6. You have to nominate 10-20 people
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one funny question
  9. share a link to your best post(s)

So lets Rock ‘n’ Roll..

3 things about me

  1. I have a phobia of spiders and centi/milipedes. The way they look and move creep me out. I strongly dislike feet but wouldn’t class it as a phobia.
  2. I love astrology and have collected many crystals and gems over the years.
  3. My favourite colours are red and rose gold.

CherishingFlo’s questions for me:

  1. What made you start a blog?

I have always loved beauty products, especially makeup and I never knew how to express my love for it. After reading other peoples blogs on makeup and beauty, it suddenly clicked in my head that blogging is what I wanted to do.

  1. What inspires you to write your blogs?

The blogging community really inspires me, I had no clue how supportive bloggers are before I started my blog but I would 100% not be where I am today if it wasn’t for the amazing support I have received from fellow blogger who I now think of as friends.

  1. Would you ever want to blog full-time?

Yes I would love too! Not at the moment I wouldn’t as I love my job at the moment but it would definitely be something I would love to do in the future!

  1. How has blogging impacted your life?

It has made me more confident in myself, gives me a sense of purpose; rather than coming home lazing around watching Netflix I now feel motivated to write/plan blog posts (most days anyway). I have also met lots of AMAZING people from all around the world! I would never of met them if it wasn’t for starting a blog.

  1. What is your favourite past time?

I love going out with friends, seeing Graham, going shopping, reading books, going to concerts and watching movies/programmes. (Sorry couldn’t pick one)

My Nominations!

Kayla, simplyshaiz, judanna, kris marie, mary, PAE Reviews, caitlin, Sonam, becca , tizzhebahSophieRachel, Respirare , Angela, yiota, gianaFrancesca

Please check out their blogs as they are each wonderful and unique in their own way.

My  Questions for you:

  1. What is your favourite part about blogging?
  2. Have you told your friends/family about your blog? if no, why not?
  3. What are your favourite things to write about?
  4. How do you motivate yourself to keep posting blogs?
  5. If you was to have ONE super power what would it be?

Please comment below your post URL’s once you’ve written them as I can’t wait to read your answers!

Thank you so much for reading!

Hope you have had a lovely Monday and see you next time!

Love, Jess x

The Versatile Blogger Award

Hi guys,

I hope you are all well and have had a good Monday and fingers crossed we all have an awesome week!

This post as you know by now is about ‘The Versatile Blogger Award’, I am beyond astounded to have been nominated for this by FIVE lovely girls! No way did I ever expect to be nominated once never mind five times! So I would like to give a HUGE thank you to P A E Reviews, Katie, Fiona, Carly and Laura. I highly recommend for all of you to check out their blogs as they all post such good content and are lovely people!

These awards are a great way for us bloggers to show our appreciation of each other and if I could nominate each and every one of you I would!

My 7 facts!

  1. I’m owl obsessed! I’m hoping to do a falconry course soon so maybe one day I can work alongside the beautiful creatures. My love for owls started from Harry Potter, so obviously snowy owls are my fave. I will own one sometime in my life!
  2. I have 10 piercings, all in my ears. (5 in each)
  3. I’ve dyed my hair bleach blonde, pink and brunette but now I’m back to a natural blonde colour
  4. I have a huge love for dogs! Never been allowed one but luckily my cat acts like a dog so I’m halfway there
  5. I used to want to be a vet all through primary and secondary school but the more I thought about the actual job responsibilities the more I realised it wasn’t for me. I haven’t got the emotional/mental strength to put down an animal and tell the owners without bawling my eyes out myself. I seriously admire every single vet out there cos damn that must be tough.
  6. I have a slight obsession with jewellery from pandora…very slight.
  7. I hate sloths, they creep me out.

I’m not very good at thinking of facts about myself so I’m sorry if they were boring or repetitive to my other posts.

Nomination time!

Please take a look at these blogs, each are unique and equally amazing!

Rules of this award

If I’ve tagged you these are the rules of accepting the award are:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog
  • Nominate 15 bloggers for the award
  • Share 7 facts about yourself

But the most important thing is to have fun and connect with others! Because after all isn’t that what blogging is all about?

Please tag me in your posts so I can read them!

Thank you so much as always for reading, have a lovely evening and enjoy the rest of your week!

Love, Jess x

P.s. who’s excited for November?? I am

I got nominated for the Liebstar Award!😮

I would like to thank That Girl Rane so much for nominating me! When I first got the notification I was sure it was a mistake as I really did not expect it! You should all take the time to read her blog as it’s really good!

My current favourite blog

My favourite blogger at the moment is Lauren, you should all check her posts out! Her content varies from beauty, books, fashion, decor to lifestyle so it should appeal to a wide range of you. I love reading her posts as they’re really well written.

10 Random Facts About Me

  1. I have collected 5 compare the market meerkats but haven’t actually used the site myself
  2. Some may call it an obsession but I LOVE Owls, I’ve visited owl sanctuarys and talks just to see owls and hold them. My love for owls started with Hedwig from Harry Potter (RIP 😦 )
  3. I love being organised so I love buying notebooks and using them for different purposes! I have a diary/planner, travel list notebook, journal and a notebook for lists and blog post plans. It doesn’t help that paperchase do really pretty notebooks.
  4. I’m a huge lover of gemstones/crystals and I have a collection of them (yes I do believe in their meanings- don’t laugh)
  5. I once attempted to write a book but it didn’t get very far, I lost motivation
  6. I have probably watched the Harry Potter films about ten times but I’m proud
  7. I use tarot cards on my friends and they actually seem to work!
  8. I once played trampoline basketball and absolutely loved it! it should be an actual sport!
  9. I sleep with a bible and a cross next to my bed, I’m not heavily religious but I have watched way too many horrors – but I love them!
  10. I work in a nursery in a primary school, this isn’t really a random fact about me but children do random things and I ran out of things to say as I did a similar thing in my previous post – Get to know me!

Okay so the following are the 11 questions I picked from That Girl Rane‘s post

Where do you see yourself in one year? 

Hopefully still at my job, possibly doing an animal course and driving! I also hope by this time next year I have traveled and seen more of this world.

Which season resonates with you the most and why?

I feel like Autumn/Winter is more of my kind of season as I love wearing jumpers, cosy nights in watching movies, hot drinks and the atmosphere! I love the colours that you can wear in these seasons as burgundy/red/orange/black/gold are all my favourite colours for clothes! Also who doesn’t love Halloween, fireworks night, Christmas and New Year?!

If you could visit a new city tomorrow where would you go?

This is soo hard as there are so many cities that I want to see but I would probably say Paris, next up would be Berlin but I would rather go there at Christmas time.

Do you believe in astrology?

Hell yeah, that’s partly why I enjoy collecting gemstones. I absolutely love going to astrology shops! My favourite one is in Covent Garden, London.

What is your favourite book?

Harry Potter definitely! If you would like to know my other favourites please check out my post on the  📚Books I’d recommend 📚

What is your favourite flower?

Tulips or roses

What is your favourite social media platform?

I’m torn between twitter and instagram. (my twitter) (my instagram)

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life what would it be?

Pasta 100% I’m addicted to it! Bring me to any restaurant and as long as they serve pasta I’m happy!

What’s your motto for life?

“Everything happens for a reason” I believe this religiously! Whether it good or bad I believe that everything really does happen for a reason and shapes who you are as a person.

What series have you recently binge watched?

Grimm! I LOVE it and I highly recommend it to you all! It’s based in Portland (US) and is about a detective who can see the monster inside some people (wesen) and uses his knowledge to solve cases and SO much more. I love this series so passionately that I have got both my dad and boyfriend into it (muahah)

What can you not live without?

Apart from food and water which is obvious, I wouldn’t be able to live without my friends as they have helped me through everything and have always been there through thick and thin. I would not be here where I am today if it wasn’t for them.

Nomination Time!! (Yay)

Here are 11 questions for you to answer if you choose to accept this award:

  1. What is your dream carer?
  2. If you could spend a day as any celebrity who would it be and why?
  3. If you could travel to another country tomorrow which country would you go to?
  4. If you was an animal what animal would you be?
  5. If you could be a movie character who would you be? and why?
  6. What song relates to you the most?
  7. Which season is your favourite and why?
  8. If you could have 7 minutes in heaven with anyone in the world, who would you choose?
  9. What’s the best book you’ve ever read?
  10. What is your favourite quote?
  11. If you was stranded on an island what THREE things would you bring with you and why?

If you are unsure on what the rules are for the Liebstar award check out Fall for Maine‘s post on the rules which is really useful!

I look forward to reading your posts!

Thankyou for reading this post!

Love, Jess x