FOR THE LOVE OF PRINT | BLOGTOBER 17


I've always loved magazines. When I was a kid, they were the first things which ever sparked my love for journalism and for the written word, and made me realise what I wanted to do with my life. As an eight year old, reading Sugar and Shout, I'd always picture myself as one of the cool writers or editors, who got to meet and interview Zac Efron and talk about clothes for a living. Of course, now things have changed a little bit. The news which I read is a little different, the print industry which I grew up loving has started to lose its battle agains the internet and is dwindling, and my love for writing isn't solely fuelled by a need to meet Zac Efron anymore (sorry, Zac). 

FIVE FILMS WHICH MADE ME FEEL | BLOGTOBER 16


I watch a lot of films and I'm a very emotional person. Two things which are probably not that relevant to one another, but when the two things do get a chance to cross paths, man oh man do things get messy. Basically, I'm a cryer. Everything makes me cry. Happy things, sad things, things that make me feel stressed, things that make me feel angry. Cute things, hopeful things, things that really, really shouldn't make a person cry at all. So, as you can imagine, much of the time I end up finishing a movie or leaving the cinema in floods of tears. I CANNOT help it.

MY FAVOURITE WAYS TO SPEND A SUNDAY | BLOGTOBER 15


To me, Saturday's have always been for adventures and Sunday's have always been for recovering from those adventures. Not in a laying in bed hungover all day kind of way (although I have spent my fair share of Sundays in that way), but in a pottering about the house, drinking copious cups of tea in my slippers kind of way. I guess to me, Sunday is the best day for self-care and to get yourself feeling relaxed and refreshed for the new week. It's the perfect day to practise a little bit of hygge and just relax with trashy TV and good food. I think it's really important to make sure that you have a 'me' day once in a while. Here are a few ways I like to spend my Sunday.

SELF-DEPRECATION VS SELF-LOVE | BLOGTOBER 14


I'm on a weird old journey with self-love. It's a journey which I've been on for quite a few years now, and one which I'm only just starting to win. Or, at least win on most days. Some days I know from the minute that I wake up that it's going to be a lost battle. Or from the moment that I pull my covers back and spy stretch marks. Or the moment that I catch my reflection in a shop window as I walk past, and then see my self esteem plummet in front of me. Self-love is something I've been striving for since I was about 13 years old, when I first started to notice every lump and bump. But how can self-love win when self-deprecation is so much easier to slip into?

SIX OF MY FAVOURITE BOOKS SET IN LONDON | BLOGTOBER 13

Throughout the years, many fiction books have made me fall in love with London a little more. From growing up with stories like Paddington and Mary Poppins in my life, reading classics like The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Oliver Twist and later falling into the worlds of Bridget Jones and Harry Potter, London has always been right there in the backdrop to many of my favourite stories. Being one of my favourite cities in the world and a little bit of a home to me, any book set in London instantly feels special. I feel connected to the electric and vibrant city that these characters are residing in. London is a city bursting with so many different cultures and people that no one story set in it's expanding network is ever the same. Novels set in London are close to my heart, so, here are a few of my favourites.

HOW TO BALANCE A BLOG AND A FULL TIME JOB | BLOGTOBER 12


Working full time and also having a time consuming interest can be really difficult. I don't think I really realised how easy I had it in the gap between uni and starting work where I wasn't doing anything except blogging, spending the last of my overdraft and just generally having a great time pretending that things weren't about to get more difficult. Running a blog and going to work 5 days a week has, for me, proven to be very difficult. Whether it's struggling to find enough light to take photos on winter evenings or being too exhausted to concentrate on writing after a long day in the office, it can be hard trying to take it all on. It's frustrating and often upsetting when you feel like you don't have enough time or energy to do what you want to do.

ADDICTED TO MY PHONE | BLOGTOBER 11

I am addicted to my phone. There, I said it. I got it off of my chest. Except where most addictions are probably greeted with shocked gasps and copious support networks, my revelation of a phone addiction probably wouldn't cause a bat of an eye. Because we've all got to the point where we're so addicted to the technology in our pockets that it just feels like an extension of our bodies now. Walking down a train platform and not meeting a single eye because every other commuter has their heads down, glued to their screens. Grandparents trying to locate their reading glasses so they can check the magnified words on their iPhone. Toddlers begging for more iPad time before bed. Technology addiction is kind of just... where we are as a species right now.