August Favourites 2016

The time has come round once again to write a favourites post and I’m really beginning to wonder where the days are going. Like seriously take me back to the start of Summer when I wasn’t worrying about College starting.

Anyways, it took me a while to think about what I’ve been loving this month as I have just been having a really laid back, do nothing kind of time. But here is what I came up with…

1. My Phone

This seems like such a basic favourite. However, this month my new phone came and I was very excited. I’d basically been using a cracked, bad Wi-Fi connection phone for too long and I was desperate for my contract to end. Now I may have already dropped my new one already, but apart from that I haven’t really put it down, that’s why it’s a definite favourite.

2. L’Oréal True Match Foundation

At first, I have to admit whenever I used this I just craved the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum. But when I realised I was stuck with it (I’m cheap ok? I like to finish products) I knew I had to just go with it. BEST DECISION EVER. I found I just had to keep working with it to get the overall look I wanted. This blends like a dream. It’s probably my main reason for loving it; because of its blend-ability (that a word? probably not.)

3. Tresemme Hair

Currently, I am liking switching up my hair care to see what works best. This month I purchased these (mainly because they were on sale at boots, oops, told you I was cheap) because I wanted to see if the well known brand lived up to my standards. And it most certainly did. I love the scent. I love the how long my hair stays fresh for. I just love the results. Also, whoever thought of the condition first, shampoo second, YOU’RE GENIUS.

4. ‘Closer’ by the Chainsmokers feat. Halsey.

As soon as I heard this song I knew it would end up in my favourites post. It’s just so catchy and I’m also loving the Chainsmokers in general right now.

5. Movies

What can I say, the weather in the U.K hasn’t exactly been glorious sun everyday. Although, I’m starting to think there’s some sort of permanent cloud over where I live. Anyways, a few days this month, I’ve had to search for my favourite movies to watch. This time I reached for ‘Mean Girls’, which my Mum watched for the first time and loved. I mean who wouldn’t? Another I picked was ‘Wild Child’. Both movies I obsess over. Finally, one I watched the other night for the first time  was ’10 things I hate about you’ and to be honest I snapchatted people after I watched it and I just felt really late to the party. Never mind, it was amazing.

6. My Results

This was definitely a highlight to my month. If you haven’t seen my Results post then feel free to read it after this. But it just made me so happy because it really did finally end an era for me (you know, secondary school.)

7. The Schemer.

In no way is this my type of book but I started reading it because my Mum suggested me to when she was only half way through it. In less than 24 hours I had finished the book. My Mum had given up trying to read it because I wouldn’t give it back until I’d finished and it was probably for the best that my Mum let me tell her what happened otherwise I would have exploded. Basically, don’t know which character I despised more. But it keeps you on your toes because you want to know a) what happens and b) if they all get revenge. It was honestly so intense compared to what I usually read and I just wish there was a sequel.

8. Black Bardot Top

It seems these are definitely on trend at the minute. I know mine isn’t exactly a summery colour but it’s not as if it’s actually been nice enough that I look weird to be in black. Anyways, this is so comfortable and I personally think it suits me, I could be wrong. I  believe that even through the colder months I’ll still wear this and just have cold shoulders, why not?

9. L’Oréal Infallible Sculpt Contour Kit

I could have quite easily mentioned this already in  favourites post if not I’ve certainly spoke highly of this product on my blog somewhere. I love this so much. It’s definitely helped make sure I don’t look like a mess when I’d just started contouring. And now I wear it whenever I’m having a makeup day. I love the creamy consistency, this also helps it blend really well also.

10. Independence, Kind of?

This is one of my weird favourites. But this month, I’ve found myself pushing myself out of my comfort zone a lot more. You’ll probably read this and think ‘I do that everyday’. So from simple things to talking on the phone to someone I don’t know, or ordering drinks at Costa. These are all non-big-deal things, but to me I’m feeling happy with myself that I’ve managed to do. On Saturday, I’m going to get my hair done, ON MY OWN. For me, that’s new and something I’m not used to. This is definitely a weird favourite. But we all have things that we have to step out of our comfort zone for, mine are just smaller. And by doing them more, they’ll just become mundane everyday tasks. This month, I realised I’m starting to do the small things for myself and I actually kind of like it…

Hope you enjoyed this blog post. I love not only writing favourites posts but reading them too. So comment down below some of your favourites or if you’ve posted one then link it so I can give it a read. Also, I’m nearing 400 followers (currently at 380) which is insane, so thank you. See you soon.

Love, Sophie

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My GCSE Results 2016

On Thursday 25th August I received my G.C.S.E results (General Certificate of Secondary Education). If you don’t know, it’s qualifications in specific subjects, usually taken by 14-16 years in the U.K, except Scotland. 

Anyways, I wanted to share with you my grades even if they’re not straight A’s. Or even any A’s at all:

This was my face after I got my exams…

Maths: B 

I’d been getting B’s throughout the whole course. But a month before exams I was getting A’s, so I guess I just missed out in the exam.

Business: B

I don’t know what went wrong here. Business was my strongest subject. I’d been getting A*’s for the past two years. But it’s not a subject I’m carrying on and not one of the most important ones so I don’t really mind.

Science: B

Really don’t know how I got this. Throughout the Summer I was just praying I passed Science as it was my weakest subject so I was so shocked to see this. 

Additional Science: C

Honestly didn’t mind because I just wanted to pass science with the exams being so hard.

Textiles: B

I didn’t really have any expectations for this subject. I mean I love it and wanted to do well. But I didn’t have a specific grade I wanted. 

French: B

This one I was kind of hoping for a higher grade. My teacher came over and told me I’d just missed an A which is annoying. This was the one subject I thought I had a chance with to get an A as I worked hard for it, but oh well. 

English Language: A

This one surprised me so badly. Mainly because in the exam there was a creative writing section and you had to write about a time when you were put under pressure. So I wrote about being in that exam and how it was ridiculous that the government graded me on how much I could write in 2 hours 30 minutes. Clearly the examiner agreed with me.
History: B

As much as I loved the subject, I really didn’t mind what I achieved as its nothing I want to carry on with. Although, I was happy with this because it is a difficult subject. 

English Literature: B

I’d been getting C’s in this subject. And it didn’t matter what I did, I’d ask the teacher how to improve, I’d make the changes, but still be left at C. So I’m very happy that I came out with a B. 

So I know I didn’t get the best results. But I was just so happy to see that I’d passed everything. The way I see it is, what’s done is done, time to move onto college. 


I did a little layout of little things from the past 5 years. For example, my textiles trip ticket to the Clothes Show and my name badge from Work Experience at Dunelm. 

I also thought I’d mention in this post about enrolling into college. I did this the day after my results and I went with one of my best friends. After getting my results photocopied, student I.d photo taken, I then went to have an ‘interview’. They basically just asked me the courses I wanted to start. So I picked, Design, Photography and French. 

The woman that interviewed me was so lovely. And the best thing she said to me was that ‘she knew I was the type of person that knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to go get it.’ Which was a very nice compliment. Even though it’s going to be a lot of hard work I’m very excited to start on the 7th September.

Hope you enjoyed this blog post. I suppose if anything, it was more for my benefit to look back on than anyone else’s. If you got your results, whether they were good or bad, well done. Because everyone *CRINGE WARNING* is on their own unique path. See you soon.

Love, Sophie

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Summer Baking 

Going completely off topic from this post but I get my GCSE Results tomorrow and I couldn’t be more nervous. If I’ve felt happy today than I think ‘why should I be if I haven’t done well tomorrow?’. My parents have been so supportive and know I’ve tried my best so they said they’ll be happy no matter the outcome. Whereas I’ll be disappointed if say I haven’t passed anything. Anyways enough of me worrying. 

A while ago, I did a Spring Baking where I did 3 different recipes. So I decided to do it again…

Peanut Butter Squares

I have to admit I don’t like Peanut Butter but they were so cute that I had to try them. They did taste really nice though, I think it’s the chocolate that made the recipe. 

Ingredients:

150g butter

200g milk chocolate 

250g of Digestive biscuits

200g brown sugar

300g peanut butter

1 tsp vanilla extract 

To start, line a baking tray with grease proof paper (this helps when taking the peanut butter squares out). Put the butter in a large pan and melt it on a low heat. Remove the pan off the heat once butter has melted. Next, move onto melting the Chocolate, whether that’s over a pan of boiling water or in the microwave for 30 second bursts. Then I put the biscuits and sugar into a food bag, got a rolling pin and smashed it into crumbs. If you ask me, it’s great if you have some anger that needs releasing. Next, tip the biscuit and brown sugar crumbs, peanut butter and vanilla extract into the pan with the butter. And MIX! Tip mixture into the tin and squash down. Then place the melted chocolate over the top and refrigerate for at least an hour. 


White Chocolate Drizzled Flapjack 

Alright, so it doesn’t look amazing. But that’s only because of my decorating skills. But trust me, it tastes really nice. 

Ingredients

125g butter

125g brown sugar

4 tablespoons of golden syrup 

250g porridge oats

100g White Chocolate

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees/Gas mark 4. Melt the butter over a low heat and add the golden syrup and sugar. Remove from the heat when everything is melted and the sugar is dissolved. Stir in the porridge oats. Put the flapjack mixture into a baking tin and squash down. I found a metal spoon really helps to achieve this. Finally bake for 20 minutes. 

To finish, I melted some white chocolate in the microwave and tried (and failed) to drizzle it over the flapjack once cooled.


Strawberry Cakes 

I made these this morning but they sunk in the oven, maybe too much rising agent. Anyways, tried again (just for this post) and they worked out much better. I love these, seriously, so much. I may, or may not be devouring one right now.

Ingredients

250g butter

250g caster sugar

5 medium eggs

250g self-raising flour 

1tsp baking powder

Pinch of salt

Couple drops of vanilla extract

300 ml double or whipping cream

50g icing sugar

Strawberries

Preheat oven to 180 degrees/Gas mark 4. Make sure to have paper cases lined ready for the mixture later. For the sponge, put the butter in a bowl making sure it’s soft. Add the sugar and mix together. Then adding the eggs and this is where I had to beat the whole thing crazily for a couple of minutes. Add the flour, baking powder, salt and vanilla extract and stir well. Then put the mixture evenly into the different cases and put in the oven for 25 minutes. 

Once cooled, I made the mixture that goes on top. This was the cream, vanilla extract and icing sugar all mixed together. I also added a bit of food colouring to make it pink, because who doesn’t like pink? Obviously putting that on top of the cakes and putting the strawberries on top of that. 


Hope you enjoyed this post, I love baking even though this took a little while to make all of it. Comment what you’ve been baking recently or would like to soon. Wish me luck for tomorrow and my results. See you soon.

Love, Sophie 

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Pamper Evening Essentials

Still getting over the fact that my usual Sunday upload did not happen. However, I was not going to not post twice a week. So here it is, with results day, enrolling and starting college is happening soon I know I’ll be going through my usual Pamper Routine. With that in mind, I wanted to share my essentials on those evenings.

1. Moisturise 

Whether you’re moisturising your face, your feet or anywhere else, it is definitely an essential during the pamper process as it leaves your skin feeling soft and smelling amazing. 

Superdrug Body Butter in the scent Cherry & Macadamia is the perfect night time moisturiser as its not too much of an overpowering scent.

Soap & Glory Heel Genius is absolutely perfect for well, your heels. 

Garnier Moisture Restore Night care is a recent purchase but it leaves my skin in the best condition.

2. Face Masks

What pamper evening would be complete without a face mask? I mean surely a face mask is the whole foundation of  a pamper routine in the first place.

7th Heaven Peel Off Face Masks

3. Bubble Bath 

This is a definite must. To run a hot bath with lots of bubbles, maybe light a couple of candles if I want to push the boat out a bit. And definitely watch YouTube videos whilst relaxing. I rest my iPad on the side of the bath, because I clearly like to live on the edge, literally the edge of the tub.

4. Candles 

If I don’t have the candles in the bathroom, I’ll definitely have lit some when I’m downstairs watching a movie. For me, it doesn’t matter what time of year it is, candles can be included. 

Yankee Candles 

5. Movies 

Another way, I like to relax is watching some of my favourite movies. I love Marley & Me, The Other Woman, The Devil Wears Prada, seriously the list could go on and on.

6. Nail Varnish

So whilst I’m watching one of my movies I’ll usually be painting my nails. There’s just something about having nice nails that makes me really happy.

Ted Baker Nail Varnish

7. Music

Another thing that makes me happy is music. It’s probably not the best time, but I’ll usually listen to some of my current favourite songs just before bed, it’s a nice way to end my Pamper Evening.

Apple Earphones 

8. Magazine 

I don’t mind reading a book or a magazine, anything that takes me away from my phone really helps complete my Pamper Essentials.
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Hope you enjoyed this blog post, I have the next couple of posts sorted. Me writing this has made me really excited for Wednesday when I can next do this before results day on Thursday, I’m so nervous! Anyways, I’d love to know some of your Pamper Essentials. See you soon.

Love, Sophie 

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Skincare Routine 2016 

I have wanted to do this post for so long now. But I wanted to make sure I had the right routine for my skin type (I have normal to dry skin). Anyways after months, I think I’ve found a stable Skincare Routine that suits me.

Firstly, who doesn’t like Garnier Micellar Cleansing water? This is probably my 4th or 5th bottle and it’s just one of those products that I just have to have at hand. I’ll usually use this on a morning then move onto toner (this is because I tend to be lazier in the mornings).
Also, you’ve probably heard that makeup wipes are harsh on your skin and you shouldn’t use them. However, if I’ve worn a bit more makeup that day (I.e eyeshadow, eyeliner) then I like to use the Simple Cleansing wipes to ‘gently’ remove any makeup before I thoroughly cleanse.

Simple was the very first skincare brand I bought, so it definitely holds a special place in my cupboard. However, as I grew up, so did my skin and I realised it just wasn’t working. Now, I still try to include it my Skincare routine and I have to say I love this facial toner.

The Clarins Cleansing Gel has been my ultimate Cleanser since February. I’ve just started my second bottle which proves how long it lasts. I feel like this thoroughly cleans my skin and I wouldn’t reach for any other.

Again, I’ve had the Sanctuary Spa Radiance Exfoliator since around February and you can see how well it lasts. For me, I like to feel it working and with this you definitely can. I obviously don’t use it everyday, I’ll reach for it a couple times a week.

These are both recent purchases but I have to say I’m so impressed. With the price of both the Garnier Moisture Soft Daily Light Moisturiser and Moisture Restore Night Care I couldn’t be happier. Don’t even get me started on the scent of these products, they smell amazingly fresh. I have only just started using these both but so far so good.

Here are a couple things that I don’t use everyday but what I like to use on a pamper evening. I LOVE peel off face masks. Again, I’m lazy I prefer not to have to wash off a face mask. So I tend to pick up the 7th Heaven separate face masks. 
Every so often, I will use a T – Zone Clear out Nose Pore Strip. Being honest here, does anyone know how to make it not hurt when peeling off? I always wait for it to dry or whatever but I still find it makes my eyes water and I’ll be sat there waiting all night. I do really love using it though because you can tell its done the job.

Hope you enjoyed this blog post. If you have any skincare recommendations I’d love to know because I’m always looking to try out new products to see what works best for my skin. See you soon. 
Love, Sophie

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Summer Makeup Look 2016

Late March, I posted a Spring Makeup Look. So I was really excited to do a Summer version. Although, I have to say they do seem like pretty similar looks.

I started off with the L’oreal Infallible Mattifying Primer. Which I have to admit, I was quite pleased I remembered to put on (anyone else forget?)

Then I used the L’oreal True Match Foundation, that I’m definitely growing to love. I also mix in with the foundation a small portion of the L’oreal Nude Magique BB cream and I will definitely be purchasing the full size soon.

Finally, to finish the base of the makeup I used the Revlon Colorstay Concealer, I love the applicator and consistency of this product. I applied this under the eyes and on any problem areas.

Moving onto eyes, I used the Bourjois Little Round Pot Nude Edition, it looks bright but it gave a subtle base.

 Then from the middle to the outer edge I used the Ted Baker Eyeshadow (from the Brilliance of Beauty set).

The last step of eyeshadow was from the No7 Mini Eyeshadow palette, I used a darker shade just to define my eyes.

Finally I used the Maybelline the falsies Push up Drama mascara, I do like this mascara but if anyone has any suggestions to a mascara, I’d loved to know because I’m coming to the end of this one.
Moving onto brows, I’ve only just started actually doing something to my eyebrows and I do think you can barely tell I’ve done anything at all. Anyways, what I do use is the Maybelline Master Brow Pro Palette to create shape and to fill in then au use the Maybelline Brow Drama to set them in place.
Next, moving onto the L’oreal Infallible Sculpt contouring palette. I love this, it’s one of my favourite products in my makeup drawer. I use the the highlighter on the left under the contour, you know to hide the mess I make in the first place. Also it’s not shimmery so I think (probably wrong) that I can get away with it.

Finally, using the Soap & Glory Wonderbronze to blend out the contour a bit more and to ‘warm up’the rest of my face.

Here is the highlighter I like to use its again from the Ted Baker set. It gives such a sparkly glow to my cheek bones.
Finally, I have been wearing the Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer in the shade ‘Beige Pop’ because this is about as Summery as I’ll get with my lipsticks.
This was the finished look…

I promise it looked more pink in person.

Also I couldn’t not post a picture that hid all my flaws.

Hope you enjoyed this post. I love writing these posts but I’ve had to do it on my phone today because of my annoying laptop. Feel free to like, comment and follow. See you soon. 

Love, Sophie 

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My 10 Life Goals…

Today, I had major bloggers block (is that even a thing??). I had a list of ideas of posts but for me, if I don’t have the enthusiasm to do it, it won’t get done. I will never do a post for the sake of it, therefore this is going up later than usual because it’s taken me most of the day coming up with what else I could blog about.

Obviously, I eventually (with the help from friends) decided upon ‘Life Goals’. These aren’t something I want to complete in 5 or 10 years these are literal life time goals. So writing about the future, I thought it would be fun to add the past and include pictures of my younger self. And if you know me you know that I always need to include photos (bad quality ones this time as I was not born in 2016 quality pictures era.)

Anyways moving on from the longest, introduction ever…

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1. To be happy within myself and with my appearance.

Basically, if I can be happy and not care what I look like with THAT haircut (see picture above). Then surely it must be easy to achieve.

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2. To travel until I feel like I’ve seen the world

This is a really important goal to me because I do want to do a lot of travelling when I’m older.

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3. To have a job in the fashion industry.

Because clearly I was on trend from a young age. But in all seriousness its definitely the career path I want to go down and this picture was from a professional photographer that got me to stand like that. I am aware I look like I have a serious cramp in my leg.

image64. To continue my blog.

As passionate as I was to open everyone’s presents on Christmas Day, I hope I stay passionate about my blog to carry on.

image55. To volunteer for a charity/ donate a significant amount of money to one.

The idea of helping a great cause just makes me so happy inside. So hopefully when I’m older I get to volunteer or keep donating. According to this picture, I have the experience.

image16. Find a ‘soul mate’ or at least someone I’d like to spend the rest of my life with.

Quite a self-explanatory point. But whoever that person is will have to be extremely amazing if I’m spending that lengthy period of time with them.

image37. Learn a Language.

It would be my dream to learn a language. Well enough to be able to go to that country and get by.

image88. Make sure I step out of my comfort zone.

Take the above picture as an example. I was about 10, first time away from home (scary enough) and just after this picture was taken I had to climb a pole and jump off it. That was completely stepping out of my comfort zone. And I love the adrenaline rush you get from doing anything like that. So even if it’s a simple thing or jumping out of a plane I really want to keep pushing myself.

image29. Earn enough to be able to look after close family.

My family looked after me very well. The evidence is in this picture, did I ever get Sun burn? OF COURSE NOT. Do you see any skin showing? Apart from my face obviously. But seriously my parents had me sorted during the summer. Only disadvantage was, I stayed pale year round. Back to the point, I’d love to repay my family for everything they’ve given me.

image410. To meet at least one inspirational person.

I don’t really have a set list but I guess for different aspects of my life I have different role models. For example, books, I’d love to meet John Green because I love his writing style. Or Jennifer Aniston because did you see her in Friends?!?

Hope you enjoyed this post and didn’t mind me joining the past with the future. Comment down below some of your goals in life if you’d like. See you soon.

Love, Sophie

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Sophie’s Summer Book Club #2

Accidentally, I haven’t put up one of these posts since June. That’s only because I’ve had so many other blog posts I’ve wanted to do. So anyways, here’s the books I’ve enjoyed…

img_0023Honestly, I read this book quite a while ago, just before Summer actually, but I couldn’t not talk about how amazing ‘All the Bright Places’ is by Jennifer Niven. If you didn’t know its about two people who grow close, however, one of them wants to take their own life (promise it isn’t a spoiler it says so on the back of the book). I fell in love with the characters, the way Jennifer Niven writes, rating it 9/10. I can’t wait to get my hands on her new book ‘Holding up the Universe’.

img_0028I’d never usually read a book like this as I’m more of a fictional-kind-of-a-gal. But I did really enjoy it, it really opened my eyes to the different cultures. At first, I thought it might be a bit offensive, although once I started reading I realised that’s not the intention at all. It’s all about a British guy living in France writing about the differences he’s noticed compared to living in England. This book was super informative and even made me laugh in parts. As someone, who wants to have a deeper knowledge of the French language it was fun to read up on life there. I would rate ‘A certain Je ne sais Quoi’ by Charles Timoney 7/10.

img_0025The layout of this book is completely different to anything I’ve seen before and I strangely love it. I read this book a couple years ago and decided to read it again (something I rarely do). It only took me a couple of hours to read because it is in note form but I wouldn’t let that put you off. I would rate ‘Life on the Refrigerator Door’ by Alice Kuipers 8/10 as it really highlights the importance of family and remembering to spend time with them as you never know what might change.

Hope you enjoyed this post, writing this has reminded me just how much I love talking about what I’ve been reading. Comment if you’ve read any of these or what book you think I should read next. See you soon.

Love, Sophie

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10 Things I’m Grateful For…

 

The lovely Béline from Blog Oceane  created a post to express the things she’s most grateful for. The basic idea is to write 10 things you’re grateful for and then nominate someone else to do the same. I was super appreciative to be nominated because I thought this was such a unique idea and I just really love Béline’s blog, so please do follow.

Anyways, onto the things I’m grateful for, I also wanted to incorporate the pictures I’ve recently taken…

1. My Mum – Definitely someone I’m grateful for is my Mum, I honestly look up to her for a plethora of reasons and I would be lost without her.

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2. Alfie- if you didn’t know (although I don’t know how that’s possible) I have an 8 month old, Golden Retriever. Even though he’s been really hard work I wouldn’t have it any other way because there’s never a day he doesn’t make me smile.

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3. Blogging- Truthfully, I think I would feel so alone and bored if I didn’t have the blogging community. I just love the whole process; writing a blog post; taking pictures for a post and talking to other bloggers through the comments.

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4. Friends- I think this one is pretty self-explanatory, but where would anyone be without their friends?! I have to say right now I’m very grateful for the group of friends I have right now. Basically, if you know me in real life and are reading this, I appreciate you very much and thank you for being a close friend.

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5. Travelling- I am so thankful that I have had the chance to go abroad pretty much every year and I can’t wait to carry that on through the future.

6. Education- who wouldn’t be grateful for this? I mean Tanya Burr once said in a post ’62 million girls are still out of education because of their gender’ so how could I not be appreciative of being able to go to school and be starting sixth form in September.

img_9596 7. Make-up- if makeup wasn’t a thing then I think the amount of times I’ve thought of myself as being slightly pretty would have decreased a lot. At the same time, makeup has helped me realise that sometimes I don’t need to wear it to feel confident.

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8. T.v/YouTube- this definitely isn’t as important as Education but it’s something I rely on when I’m procrastinating or just in general very bored.

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9. Clothes– Apart from the obvious worry if clothes weren’t a thing and the fact that you can use clothes to express who you are.

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10. Health – touch wood (don’t think I didn’t) I haven’t been seriously ill. So I am very grateful to have good health the majority of the time.

The Bloggers I’d like to nominate are:

Not your classroom

Little Miss Daydreams

Taking On the W0rld

Hope you enjoyed this post, I thought it was such a cute post to do and it just reminds you of the things you’re grateful for. See you soon.

Love, Sophie

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