Pillow Talk #4

I'm going to keep it short this week because I don't know if you've noticed, but it's Christmas Eve!

This week has flown by in a flash, I've eaten multiple Christmas dinners, had lots of fun at my work Christmas party, squeezed in some last minute shopping aaaaand relived my childhood by playing The Sims 3.

Life is good.

Since everything's been so hectic, I've been reading less and listening more, turning my attention to a few more podcasts than usual on my way home from work to keep me awake and make me feel somewhat productive during this end of year slump.

To begin, if you haven't heard of Ctrl Alt Delete, where have you been? Ctrl Alt Delete is a podcast hosted by the lovely Emma Gannon. Each episode features a different guest and covers topics such as careers, feminism, writing, and just life in general. I am totally that girl who can't just listen to the most recent episode, instead, I have to go back through the archives and listen in order. This week I listened to the episodes with Cherry Healy where she actually interviews Emma. It's full of laughs and this made me feel super motivated to keep working away on this little blog of mine come the new year.

I've also been delving through the archives of Sara Tasker's Hashtag Authentic podcast, primarily focusing on Instagram and how you can get the most out of your profile and creative efforts. I listened to an episode this week with Hannah Argyle all about being a pro-instagrammer and remembering no matter how tempting an offer maybe if it's not you, don't go with it. This is in relation to brand opportunities, bare in mind. (On that note - Chloe from The Little Plum wrote a post this week on saying goodbye to YouTube because it's just not her. Fantastic read.)

Although this is something I haven't actually dipped my toes into yet, it is something I'm going to remember for future reference. I'd recommend Sara's podcast if you need some Instagram inspo!

Usually Pillow Talk is quite a lot longer than this post, however, I'm going to keep it short and sweet today as a) It's Christmas Eve and I want to enjoy the day with my friends and fam (plus I've got some last minute presents to wrap) and b) I've written a couple of chunky posts lately which I'd like to point you in the direction of...

In last week's Pillow Talk I went into a lot of detail about internet trolls and the abuse creators are facing online. This is a topic which really gets me thinking and I'd love to hear your thoughts about it, as well as the effects it is having on the younger generation. I also published a meaty post on Friday about why I document so much of my life - this is actually part 1 of 2, as I'm going to expand on it further in the next week or so. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this and whether taking photos and filming much of your life is good, or do you think it stops you living in the moment?

Let me know in the comments or tweet me @beccasocial.

That's honestly about it for the last week. This week I'm going to be making the most of my week off work by enjoying time with my friends, setting up my new bullet journal, and playing sims every night for way too many hours.

On that note, I'd like to wish you a very Merry Christmas!

Why Do We Document So Much? Pt 1

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been having a long in-depth think about documenting experiences. By this, I specifically mean our current fascination with taking photos of everything, selfies at every opportunity, and the rise of vloggers filming their daily lives.

I think my recent video I made following my trip to Budapest prompted this train of thought, as I know that whilst I was there I was often conscious of getting photos and short bits of video to look at then I got home, and then share online.

We live in a world where it has become normal to share just about anything on social media, whether that be what you’ve had for lunch, an engagement, your holidays, pretty much everything ends up online now.

Let’s start with why I document things:

Ever since I first held a camera I’ve been obsessed with taking photos. When I was roughly 9 years old I borrowed my Mum's camera and went around my whole house and garden taking photos of everything from the kitchen sink to intricate details on our hall wallpaper. Why? Who knows, my friend’s Mum thought it was hilarious at the time and joked to my own Mum whether I was secretly uploading all these photos to an estate agents site to sell the house. Mega Lolz.

On my 10th birthday I was given my very own digital camera, and it quickly became my prized possession.

From that point on me and my bezzie mate would take photos of ourselves at any given opportunity and would fill up my (back then very tiny) memory card in a flash. Resulting in some fabulously embarrassing old photo albums tucked away somewhere on our family PC.

Fast forward few years to year 11 - I was still using that trusty camera - and started taking photos of my friends as we began having a bit more of a grown-up up social life. By this I mean hanging out drinking Schler thinking we were the bees knees, and then uploading them to Facebook, much to the delight of my friends. Soz. I very much became the girl with the camera, and to this day I'm always the one to whip out a selfie stick taking snaps at parties and such - so much so this year on a trip to Lisbon my nickname actually became Lenses for the week. Not complaining!

Where does this obsession to take photos come from?

One of the main reasons I take photos so much, especially of me and my mates, is because I'm scared of forgetting good times. I'm a very sentimental person capturing times where I'm having fun is extremely important to me.

Only the other day I was going through my old albums with one of my oldest friends reminiscing about how our friendship group from secondary school where we would spend many an hour mucking about in one of our back gardens, eating toxic waste (the sour sweets) and trying to teach ourselves how to do handstands. That was the life I tell you. Gals if you're reading, I've got this on video. Hit me up if you wanna see it and laugh your socks off.

I also have a bit of a fear which I’ve never really talked about before, of waking up one day to realise I’ve forgotten everything. I honestly think this is due to an episode of neighbours I watched many moons ago (and I’m talking like over a decade here) at my nan's house where Susan lost her memory after slipping over and bashing her head.

Okay, real talk, I just googled that storyline and it happened it 2002. Why do I remember a storyline from neighbours from 2002!?!

Sharing my stuff?

As I mentioned the other week, I got my Facebook account when I was about 15 so there’s been a never-ending stream of what I look like since then online. But it wasn’t until 2012/13 I started to actively share “content online” with more than just my friend's list.

P.S. I'm in a weird year where I sort of missed out on Bebo and MySpace and was a bit late to Facebook.

Around the age of 16, I'd sorted myself out with an Instagram account and a little while later started a YouTube channel. After a few failed attempts at filming stuff (any videos from then have long since been deleted) there was a period of time mid-2016 where I tried vlogging in my own little way. I wouldn’t talk to the camera as such because I find that cringe AF to watch back (only when I’m watching myself, not other creators) but it’s that didn’t last very long because it was such an effort to accumulate footage I wanted and then edit it. Yes, at the time a lot of that was down to me having a laptop from the dark ages, but I then felt like I was missing out on life when I edited later on. It's a vicious cycle.

God knows how people daily vlog like I salute you.

1 second every day and Live Photos:

However, late last year when I got my first iPhone I downloaded the app 1 Second Everyday and actively started using it as a way to document my days in short little bursts.

Real talk, (yes I use that phrase way too much) LivePhotos are the best bloody to thing to happen, ever! I ADORE how you can be snap, snapping away and have lots of mini-segments of video to go with it saved in your camera roll. Since they’ve been a thing I’ve made so many short gifs of funny moments with my friends AND have happily been putting together short videos, like my Budapest one, ever since!

Now I feel like I can take a couple of Live Photos, not feel like I’m not living in the moment, but still have a great document/memory prompt at the end of it.


That's where I want to draw things to a close to for today. Next week I want to look at some of the pros and cons of documenting things and specifically look at the implications for sharing our own creations online.

For now, I'd love to know how much you document things, whether it be for your own enjoyment or to share online - or both! Why do you do it and what prompted you to begin?

Pillow Talk #3

Good morning (or afternoon - totes didn't sleep in or anything)

The festive season is now in full swing and I'm definitely not nursing a slightly delicate head after a cheeky beverage or two over a Christmas dinner/party last night.

This weekend has been full of festive Spirit, I hung out with some of my faves on Friday night, then yesterday I had my first Christmas dinner (and too much wine) of the season with friends, and now today I'll be having another Christmas dinner. Another one!

Then I've got two more this week with work. I'll be sick of it come Christmas day!

This week has flown by (a little here about time flying) and I have been struggling a little to stay on top of reading all my favourite blogs. I've been busy fitting in Christmas shopping where I can (and of course an 'accidental' BooHoo order) as well tying up a bunch of loose ends which needed to be dealt with before the end of the year.

I also gave my hair a freshen up and got my nails done for the first time in like a year as an early present to my self. Priorities.

Sidenote: Does anyone have tips on going bowling and not ruining their nails? I'm going with work on Thursday and am low key scared of ruining them. I always end up breaking at least one nail (even when they're just bare, no fancy stuff) when I bowl and cannot be dealing with that just before Chrimbo when it's too much hassle to get fixed. 

What's the story then? What have I been loving?

Perhaps not loving as such, but giving a lot of thought and support to Lydia Millen. This week Lydia posted a distressing message on her Twitter account about the abuse and harassment she's been facing online and it just made me feel so upset and angry for her.

Online creators put their lives out there, sure, but that doesn't give people a right to tear them apart for every move they make or decide to share with you. Friendly reminder: creators choose what to share with you and it's up to them how much or how little they give away.

Why does this happen? What are these people getting out of it exactly? To read Lydia saying "I honestly don't know how to make this stop and it's destroying me" like, that's heartbreaking.

And it's a worrying trend I'm noticing too - in recent weeks there seems to be this surge in creators reaching breaking point because of hideous questions being thrown at them. Invasive questions with answers that are quite frankly none of our business.

It forced two of my fave chums to watch, Lily Melrose and Helen Anderson to each release a video in response to comments like that. I feel like it's wrong to link directly to their responses because why should they have to justify themselves? But you can go looking if you really want to.

Why does it have to be this way? Why does it feel like we've grown so entitled to stick our nose in where it doesn't belong, and where do we go from here?

Sophie Milner from Fashion Slave wrote a post on haters and trolls, and it sums up my thoughts on this issue perfectly. I particularly liked how she questioned what impact these trolls are having on the younger generation.

I remember being allowed to get Twitter at 14 years old, and then Facebook at 15, which was really late compared to a few of my friends but boy am I glad there's no evidence of me as a dorky 12-year-old, pre-braces floating around online for all the world to see. I've never really had a bad experience online as such, but I remember around the age of 15 and 16 being very self-conscious and this was all magnified because I had Facebook. There was this immense pressure to get a good profile pic and see the likes rolling in, and if they didn't. Well, who were you? Not popular or pretty, obviously.

And that's continued to this day on other social media. Sure as a 21-year-old woman I've learned to not let it bother me and not care what people think, I'll rock whatever outfit I desire with messy hair and some smudgy eyeliner - but that's after 7 or 8 years of growing a thick skin.

So when I see my 14-year-old cousin living and breathing through Instagram, with the fashion sense of a model and the best makeup you have ever seen (I'm really annoyed I didn't have makeup tutorials to watch when I was younger) it really makes me wonder, how does she feel about it all? How is this affecting her confidence and the way she feels about herself.

She's grown up in a world where you're thrust up onto a pedestal from the get-go and you don't know any different.

Is that healthy? Probably not. But if you were a 14-year-old I don't think you'd feel inclined to live any other way, thanks to the normal pressures you face as a young teen, like fitting in and being 'cool'.


Sorry this got so deep so quickly, this seems to be a habit I'm making with Pillow Talk, but I guess it's been floating around my head this week. I'm going to leave it there and go listen to Taylor Swift to hype me up again and get ready Christmas Dinner #2 later this afternoon. Helloooooo food baby!

Have a wonderful Sunday, and I hope I've left you with some food for thought.

The Bigger Picture

Look up. I had no idea these trees had Christmas lights on until I looked back through my photos and found this accidental selfie on my phone. 
Hello friends,

I had the intention this week of writing a post all about our fascination with documenting our lives. It’s a subject that intrigues me and I want to delve into it a bit more. But in the lead up to the festive period, I’ve been getting distracted by the hustle and bustle of it all. That post will have to have its big moment another time.

I’m currently sat in one of my favourite places as of late, good old Caffè Nero, listening to a budding American comedian talking to a quiet Irish man, slightly older than her, about her craft. She's talking in depth about the presence of her peers when they perform on stage. They're smart. They're serious.

It's like a window to another world.

This alone got my attention as everything she was saying was a truly fascinating look from an outsiders perspective looking in. A whole new light shone on a world I'm not privy to.

But it was something else she said which really got me thinking.

When people are in the city, we all live inside our own heads. We’re all on our own mission, trying to achieve our work goals. We stop noticing the bigger picture.

When we’re in the countryside, we see everything through a completely different set of eyes. We learn what time it is, just by noticing where the shadows fall on the pavement and by the position of the sun in the sky. We look at the trees, we notice the leaves changing colour. We observe the seasons. We pay attention.

We learn to appreciate time passing and we learn to notice what's happening around us.

And this is how I feel right now. So often I find the days and weeks rushing past me. I’m constantly planning things in advance so I have a nice full calendar to look at in my bullet journal. But sometimes I forget to stop for a moment and take it all in.

It’s just over a week until Christmas and I’m still not completely sure it’s hit me that the festive season is in full swing.

I’ve always been the type of person to enjoy the lead up to Christmas almost more than the main event. I enjoy the anticipation, the excitement, that fuzzy feeling you get inside when you reconnect with friends you’ve not caught up with for a while.

And so I’m using this cold winter lunchtime tucked away in a coffee shop as a moment to reflect and see things from a different perspective.

As an early 2018 New Years resolution, I'd like to spend more time next year taking a step back and observing what’s going on around me. Get my head out of my phone (as I touched on in this week's Pillow Talk), and look up, and pay attention to the seasons changing. To time passing. To the bigger picture.

The End.

Pillow Talk #2

Mornz everyone!

Picture this, an Instagram worthy bed shot, complete with chunky woollen socks, perfect white bed sheets and a cuppa...

Oh, how I wish I could be spending my Sunday morning like this, but instead I'm sat here on tenterhooks waiting to pick Jim up from the airport. I've got an hour's drive ahead of me and I'm not looking forward to hitting traffic on the M25. Such fun.

Hopefully, you're having a more laid back morning than me. If you're new here, this is my weekly series, Pillow Talk, where I like to write down all the things I've been loving this week. Usually content I've found on the web which I think needs sharing.

Last week I wrote to you from snowy Budapest, an amazing weekend trip which you can read all about here. It's long but has pretty photos and had a fab video.

Letting go of the social meeds

Okay so let's have a show of hands, who here is addicted to their phone? I am and it makes me weep a little inside when I realise just how much of my time is spent gazing at the screen in the palm of my hand, and it seems I'm not the only one.

This week I stumbled across Helen Anderson's post on forgetting the phone, and this prompted me to really have a think about what I can do to get away from my phone. At the moment the thought of leaving the house without my phone makes me feel like an anxious mess, but it's something I want to do. Actually doing that is another story, but hey there's hope. I particularly like Helen's idea of having a phone bowl at social occasions - one to put into practice during the festive period, me thinks.

Following the same vibes, I saw Grace Victory's post on her 24-hour break from social media. It's about a month old but I was browsing the archives and it is well worth reading my friend. A 24-hour break sounds doable for me and got me thinking that I'd like to, perhaps as a new year's resolution, schedule one day per month where I go social media free. It's a bit difficult considering my job and fave hobby (blogging, duh) are so intertwined with social media, but I think it would be worth it. I crave the idea of having a clear head space and I think this would help a lot with it.

Have you taken a social media break? Any tips for an addict?

Friendships. It's complicated.

Does anyone else find friendship in your early twenties bloody difficult? I've touched on it briefly before, but Nicole's post on leaving certain types of 'friends' behind in 2017 summed it up so well. Annoyingly, I can think of people in my life which fit into the three categories Nicole mentions; the canceller, the me me me, and the one who never replies. It's a shame but a girl's gotta put herself first. If a friend is draining the life outta you or making you feel shit whenever you see them, LET THEM GO. They're not worthy of your company - and this is something I need to remind myself of in 2018.

Something a little more lighthearted...

I feel like we need to brighten things up around here, and so, I bring you Vix's 11 Sex Positions for Millennials. This post cracked me up and you need to read it now if you haven't already. A post of satirical sex positions, what more could you want on a Sunday morning?

Rock n Roll

I've been blasting my ears with soft rock this week and I think I might actually have nailed a playlist which includes all my faves, and I've used this handy tool to order tracks by how much energy they have. The result? Rockin tunes which gradually increase in hype. Sound like your kinda thing? Do help yourself and have a listen here.

Vlogs and blogs binge

One of my all-time fave creators is Jessie from sunbeamsjess. I adore her vlogging style, her fashion sense and just everything really. Lurveee it. Yesterday I spent way too much time than I'd like to admit watching some of her vlogtober vids (yes I'm really behind lol) and saw on Twitter that she's just launched her blog. Guess what? I love it! (Who'd have thought it?) The website itself is fabulous and it has Jess' personality written all over it. If you haven't seen it yet go check it out and prepare to be wowed. Her whole aesthetic is on point.

I think that's all for this week! I'm off to the airport now, once I'm home I think I'll be spending the rest of the day finding out how Jim's trip was and doing a spot of bullet journaling. If you follow me on Insta you'll see that a new journal arrived yesterday ready for the new year and I'm so excited to start setting it up!

Have a lovely Sunday ~

72 Hours in Budapest

Hello you lovely lot,

If you follow me on the ol' social meeds you've probably noticed that I have just been on a trip to Budapest. Totes haven't been going on about it at all. Nope!

This trip was a bit of a weird one as it was booked pretty spontaneously so even up to the point of getting on the plane it didn't feel like we were really going!

Arriving on Friday night, we hopped in a cab and tried to learn some lingo from our driver, and travelled to our Air Bnb which was the cutest. Set in the centre of the city, we'd rented a studio apartment with gorgeous almost floor to ceiling windows, a cosy living area and a lovely little spiral staircase up to a mezzanine over one side of the room where we slept. Lucy and I are not ashamed to say we acted out Rapunzle over the balcony.

We live a wild life, I know.

Anyway, we actually arrived pretty late on Friday night so we spent the rest of the evening looking through an array of leaflets and recommendations that were in the apartment (thank you Viktoria, these came in so handy!) and plotting all of the places we wanted to visit into Mapstr. (Great app btw, would recommend!)

Saturday came along and we woke up to blazing sunshine flooding the apartment. It was very aesthetic and we couldn't wait to set off. We took a walk through town, ate pretzels the size of our heads at a Christmas market and then decided to brave climbing up Gellért Hill to reach the famous Liberty Statue.

Elisabeth Bridge

We crossed over from Pest (the flat, trendy side of town) to Buda (much posher and mountainous) by walking over Elisabeth Bridge (Erzsébet híd). This takes you across the River Danube.

It was a walk and a half and I'm pretty sure halfway up the hill I lost feeling in my fingers because I kept taking my gloves off to film snippets on my phone. #firstworldproblems.

TLDR - This post is a long'un - don't say I didn't warn you. If you want the bite-sized version of events check out my video of 1-second snippets:

When we reached the top of Gellért Hill (more like a mini mountain ngl) it was just before sunset and the views were beautiful. We could see the whole of Budapest and the lighting was stunning. I couldn't stop taking photos and looking around in awe.

The view of Liberty Statue from Gellert Hill

To give you a little insight into what Liberty Statue is all about, so if you plan on visiting you can be informed (I was most definitely not), the statue was built in 1947 after World War II. It's to remember the liberation of Hungary and to remember those who sacrificed their lives for independence and freedom.

After taking as many photos as possible we decided to start walking back down and make our way to Buda Castle. On our way, we came across a few Christmas market stalls dotted around the place and one was selling hot apple cider. Now friends, if you're visiting Budapest in the winter, make sure you buy some of this! It was like drinking apple crumble and helped bring my frozen fingers back to life.

Budapest Skyline at Night

At this point, we lost the sun but took a walk to the castle anyway. By the time we arrived it was actually freezing. I've been to Iceland before a few years ago so thought I knew cold, but this was SO COLD. I think it didn't help we'd been outside nearly all day, and so after getting a few night time snaps (hella worth, the city is so pretty all lit up) we retreated back to our flat to warm up for a bit.

Once we'd defrosted, Lucy and I popped back into town and played it safe with the Hard Rock Cafe. Perhaps not very Hungarian but hey, we wanted food asap and were saving the Hungarian cuisine until Sunday.

Lucy and I at Hard Rock Cafe

After stuffing our faces and perhaps having one cocktail too many (oops) we went for a scenic walk through town where we took in the sights. Everything is very pretty at night in Budapest all lit up, especially at Christmas time. It all feels very festive and you'll be reaching for your camera constantly.

Once we made it back to the flat, we popped open a couple of ciders we'd bought earlier in the day (from a Tesco's would you believe!) and rocked out to MTV on the TV. Music channels were the only thing not in Hungarian so we stuck to them. It was that or BBC News which was a little too depressing for a holiday.

I'm well aware that this post is mighty long and boy did I not mean for it to end up like this, but I feel like I need to do each part of the trip justice!

Sunday Funday. We had a blast on Sunday and I think it was my favourite day of the two full days we were in Budapest. We woke up to snow! Not crazy amounts but this was very exciting. After publishing a post on Sunday morning (catch up here, it's a good'un) we set off for the castle again. This time we'd wrapped up extra warm, (we wore tights under our jeans - I couldn't feel my legs lol) and began.

This time we took a different route through town, walking along the riverfront and crossing over Chain Bridge (Széchenyi lánchíd) where we got a lot of great snaps of surrounding buildings. Once we reached the base of Castle Hill, we had two choices. Either walk or hop on Buda Hill Funicular. This is a type of train which goes up and down steep hills. It's pretty sick, but there was a long queue so we opted to walk.

Funicular in Budapest near the Castle

Honestly, if you've never been on a funicular before, try it, but the walk really didn't take that long and was much quicker than the walk up to the Liberty Statue on Saturday. That really was a hike.

When you get to the top, it's really magical. The castle itself is huge - although it doesn't look like the castles we have in the UK, it's amazing to look at and admire. The views from the city up there are amazing and you must stop and take a breather whilst looking around. It's so, so, so worth the walk.

After admiring the view, we went back down to the base of the hill and then started off a lot of steps in the direction of Fishermen's Bastion (Halászbástya). With hindsight, I think there is a way to walk across between the two without going up and down in between, but yolo we got so many Fitbit steps.

Fisherman's Bastion, Budapest

To me, it looked like we were entering Hogwarts and was truly beautiful. The stones were all so white and everything looked uh-maz-ing. This was probably my favourite place we visited just because the detail in all the architecture was mindblowing. This again is another place where you need to stop and get loads of photos of the city. You can get really good views of Parliment from here and I'm sure if you went in the evening everything would look even more magical.

Matthias Church in the (light) snow

This is also the location of Matthias Church (Mátyás-templom), a Roman Catholic church which is quite simply, stunning. Seriously if you like architecture this is the place to visit.

Once we'd filled up our cameras with lots and lots of photos, we went in search of food. We were freezing again and wanted to gorge on food and hot chocolate.

And we found the perfect place.

Our Beef Goulash at Ramazuri Bistronomy

Ramazuri Bistronomy is just down the road (literally) from Matthias Church and it feels a bit strange because it's so, so quiet outside, then you walk in and it's full of hustle and bustle, delicious smells and most importantly, it's warm and cosy. We ordered a hot chocolate #obvs, and the Beef Goulash which was just what we needed. It was real comfort food and my goodness did it hit the spot. I probably could have eaten two bowls of the stuff it was so good. I'd really recommend visiting here if you've been out in the cold for a few hours.

Nearly there, you've neeeeeearly reached the end.

As we were, after warming up we walked back into Pest, and after a little confusion as to how to validate our newly bought metro tickets, we hopped on to Budapest's underground.

Both trains and trams really look like toys - it's very cute. And they're both yellow - double cute.

We headed to Heroes' Square (Hősök tere) and as soon as we came out of the station we like "Wow". The scale of these statues is like, unbelievable and it's hard to capture the scale of it on camera. It's hard to fit all of it into one photograph - it's huge. But it's beautiful, and by this time it was dark so everything was lit up and, although I've said it way too many times already, it looked so pretty.

Heroes' Square, Budapest

After this, we walked past a lake behind the statues which looked exactly like a Lowry painting - no joke and made our way to Széchenyi Medicinal Bath (Széchenyi-gyógyfürdő). This is the largest medicinal bath in Europe and you'll probably see it in everyone's snaps from Budapest. I wasn't up to actually going in the baths whilst we were there, but Lucy went in and had a fab time. If you need rejuvenating, this is the place to go.

Ice Skating in Budapest

Finally, don't worry the end of the post is near, we went downtown to Spíler, this is near all the ruin pubs. It was super cute here (a tiny bit cold but they do provide blankets) and very red - my fave colour of the moment. Lucy and I drank a lot of cocktails here because we had to try as many as possible right? We shared some chicken wings to start which were coated with a really sweet sauce. Tbh I'm not usually a fan but this changed me and now I want them again. Right now. 

Dinner on the last night

Lucy then had a Hungarian pizza for main, and I had Chicken Paprikash with buttered Spaetzle - that's chicken in a sauce with these noodle/pasta things. The texture is really hard to describe but the whole meal was lovely. It was more make us feel good comfort food and I was stuffed by the end of it.

The waiters here were also top notch, full of bants.

That night we went back to the apartment and drank the rest of our cider and got very merry. If you're on holiday, you gotta do it! Then the next morning we headed to the airport after a fleeting visit to Parliment (which was very pretty but so, so, so cold because I was wearing a jumper with holes in. Do not make the same mistakes as me)

Honestly, I have rambled on way too much and I'm pretty sure no one will scroll this far down but YOLO sometimes you just gotta write stuff like this down ya know. For the memories. Whilst I was in Budapest I couldn't really tell if I liked it or not, I've never been to that part of the world before so it was very different to what I'm used to, however now I'm home and have poured my heart and soul into this post - I think it's clear I enjoyed it. I think I'll go back someday.

If you got this far, THANK YOU. Mad respect, you have the patience of a saint.

Pillow Talk

Hello you, 

It's Sunday morning, it's mighty cold, but chances are you're still wrapped up in the best place on earth. Bed! 

This weekend I'm lucky enough to be spending my Sunday morning in the heart of Budapest with one of my besties. It’s actually just started snowing and I’m so excited! We're just here for a short break but it certainly makes a nice change to normal. I also don't think I've been away EVER in December before so it's pretty rad seeing another city abroad in the lead up to Chrimbo. Today's our last full day before going home so we're going to make the most of it. Check out my Insta to see what we get up to. 

So, if you caught my Unattainable Expectations post last week you'll know that I've been a bit of a blogging funk. I had it all 'together' at the start of the summer, and then, well I just didn't. I've been going back and fourth in my mind on how I want to write up content like this. See, I want to share with you what I've been reading, what I've been listening to. I want to have a good old natter on the interwebs with like-minded folk whilst keeping it nice and low key. It is Sunday after all. 

And so this idea was born. Pillow Talk. I'm going to try making this a weekly thang where we can have a good old chinwag on what's been going on, and I can share with you the content I've been loving this week. It's nice to share the love isn't it? 

I love reading other posts like this so I thought what the heck, lemme put my own spin on it! Grab yourself a hot choc or a cuppa and let's get going. 

Posts that have stuck with me: 

Firstly the lovely Emma Gannon, always speaking the truth, Emma discusses emotional click bait. This caught my attention and has stuck with me since, as she puts it "Right now, it's kind of weirdly normal to sell your life online". And isn't it true! Linking into my post last week, this got me thinking about how there's this expectation to be online and reveal all of our deepest secrets to the world. Is this right? What's the implications of this in the future. It's a bit of a scary thought, isn't it? 

Why are people so rude? Chloe struck a chord with me the other day in her "Why Can't People Say Please Online? (Stop Being A Dick)" post, and it's something I'm finding myself getting more and more irritated by as time goes on, irl and online. Unfortunately it seems that manners aren't in fashion as of late as many are forgetting their Ps and Qs. Chloe touches on the demanding and somewhat rude messages she gets on the daily and it just makes me sad that people are like this. There's a human a the receiving end of comments and I think we can all take a minute to remember this. As my mum would say 'treat others how you want to be treated'. 

Finally, I gotta admit I've fallen head over heels in love for my current gal crush Megan Ellaby. I'm fairly new to Megan's content and boy have I been missing out! I came across this post the other day (and lots more to be honest - totally stalking the archives) about self confidence and all I can say is SLAY.

Number 1. The photographs from this shoot are stunning, like seriously girl you're smashing it. But if not more importantly, the message behind this post is legit. Self confidence is something we all battle with, I'm sure, and it's so refreshing to see that everyone, no matter how confident they might appear, can also have 'normal' struggles. What the hell do I mean? It's all about this culture of being online, and all appearing to have our shit together all of the time. Bit of a recurring theme today isn't it? Lol. It's important to realise that we've all got our strong points and we've all got our insecurities, but we can all help to lift each other up.

This post really resonated with me as lately I've been trying real hard at the gym and I think finally I'm feeling 'my best self'. I dunno, I've started rambling to be honest but I found Megan's words really motivating and it gave me that feel good factor. Go read it, she explains it much better than me! 

Easy Listening: 

I don't stay as up to date with the YouTube community as I used to, but I have been loving Marcus Butler's Lower Your Expectations podcast as of late. Okay, so does anyone have this thing where when you start a new pod you have to listen from ep 1? Even if that was like 2 years ago? I do this, so I'm actually still quite a few episodes behind (currently on ep 29) but it's a refreshing, laid back listen with some laughs between Marcus and Matt thrown in for good measure. I like the fact that we hear more about the behind the scenes aspects of YouTube in this pod. I find a lot of the old Brit Crew cater for a younger audience on their channels, so this is a nice way to hear about it, adult to adult.

Instas I've been swooning over:  

Ngl, if you follow me on Insta you'll have notice that I've fallen back in love with my bullet journal in the last week or so. Yep, expect me to post about it a lot more than usual. Soz. Why? Well, I'd been experimenting month after month with washi tape, different colours, different designs, but I just wasn't happy with it - there was too much going on! I've decided to take it back to basics this December and go with a much more minimalist look and design and gal, I'm loving it.

I've been swooning over @minimalistbujo on Insta which is actually a pretty great account where lots more minimalist loving bujo junkies are regularly featured. It was here I stumbled across @wezz.bujo and got inspo for my monthly spread - something I'd fallen out of love with the last couple of months, but I'm now very much back in love. That kicked everything off really, and now I'm in a minimalist heaven in my journal. I've said that word so many times in the last few minutes it's gone weird when I say it now. Haha! 

Well I've rambled on a little more than I intended to (oops) but I hope you've enjoyed your Sunday slumber whilst reading this. Do give the humans I've mentioned some love and check out their work, and with that, I'll leave you to enjoy your Sunday. 

Unattainable Expectations.

My view from the coffee shop

I’ve recently adopted a habit where every Thursday lunchtime I’ll whisk myself off to my local Caffè Nero and get a small mocha with cream and a mushroom toastie.

This sacred hour every week has become a regular treat for myself which I look forward to immensely, and it’s also prompted this little burst of creativity.

That’s something I’ve noticed about coffee shops.

They’re full of creative people, all tap tapping away at their laptops. And it made me think, what happened to my blog?

To tell you the truth, I was so happy with my blog relaunch earlier in the year, it went unbelievably well, I had the best blogging experience I'd ever had.

But then I lost my mojo and got caught up in a loop of self-despair. I missed one blog post, and this turned into two, and then three, and then I disappeared and sulked about what a bad blogger I am.

Note to self: missing a blog post or three doesn’t make you a bad blogger, it just means life happened.

There’s this expectation in society today, especially for social influencers, to be online all the time. We can’t escape screens in our day to day life, whether it’s our phone, our laptop, or even the TV as we watch Netflix at the end of the day to wind down.

There’s an expectation to document everything.

There’s an expectation to post every day on social media.

If you didn’t post it, did it even happen?

And I think this is something I struggle with. Those expectations which have been set in place, which are sometimes simply unattainable because life gets in the way. And the guilt that comes with not meeting those expectations, especially as you try and carve out a little place for you to express yourself on the internet. It’s horrible. And I think we’re all fighting with it in some way.

I’ve come realize that I shouldn’t listen to this voice inside my head shouting “you haven’t posted in x amount of time, you’re rubbish!”

Instead, I’m going to let myself off the hook and set a new, attainable goal for myself.

From now on, my goal is to stop holding myself to the unattainable goals that have become the norm in the land of social media, and instead, go with the flow when inspiration strikes.

Do you ever get stuck in a bad frame of mind about your blogging or work due to the sometimes unattainable expectations found in today’s society?

I'm a frazzled mess, wbu?

Okay so can we just stop for a second and ask how on earth we’re over halfway through July already? What? I’m baffled. Time is whizzing by and I’ve I feel like I’ve toppled over and fallen into a hole of despair. I’m clutching onto either side trying to stop myself falling, but no matter how hard I try, I can’t. I keep slipping and slipping further and further until I’ve fallen into a pit of darkness. Before you know it the summer months are gone and all my organisation skills have all miraculously disappeared.


That’s honestly how I’ve felt the last week or so though. I think I’ve reached burnout in my organisational side of life. My bullet journal is sitting there, next to me, neglected and it’s really bothering me, but now I’ve stopped for two weeks the thought of starting again pains me. And yet at the same time, there’s nothing I want to do more than draw out a bright pink selection of pages for July. But We’re over halfway through? July is ruined. The inner turmoil inside my head right now it unbelievable.

Yes, you are reading about a girl who’s essentially having a massive strop because she didn’t draw out pages in her diary. Life is fab, right?

So basically, what’s happened is that I went camping for five days, thinking oh I’ll have loads of free time, I’ll just catch up on my bullet journal whilst I’m there, no problem. Ha. Yes, I did have free time, but I was too busy with my head in a book (The Handmaid's Tale anyone? Recommend it!) or pretending to be 7 again on some swings. Marvellous use of time (I’m being legit here, I’ve never been so relaxed and chilled) but did my bullet journal get updated? No, no it did not. So it went from being one day behind, to a week behind. Now we’re halfway through July and I HAVEN’T WRITTEN UP THIS MONTH’S SPREADS. Then at the weekend I threw a party and had the best time ever with my mates, but all the effort of that (partying and tidying) hasn’t made me like I want to sit down and get my creative brain out. #nope.

I don’t know what it is, I don’t know whether I’ve just got holiday brain or what, but this last week has felt like I’m scrambling about like I’m a rabbit in headlights. It’s come to my attention that when I say “I don’t know how I coped without a bullet journal before”, I mean, I don’t know how I coped without one. I don’t know how I coped! And now, in the busiest month of the year so far, I’ve got nothing written down and it’s stressing me out! Ahhh!

I’ve got super stressed out writing this post, but I think we can all relate to this feeling. Hopefully, it’s not just me! Sometimes things can be going so well, and you can be so on top of everything, but then just like that you can suddenly not be on it, and you wonder how on earth you managed to fit so many things in just last week! *sigh*

I’m heading to Lisbon on Tuesday so that’s going to be so much fun, but also potentially stressful because your gal hasn’t got her bullet journal ready! Argh. But no seriously, I wanted to write this because I don’t want to completely drop the ball when it comes to blogging, and this is a little half way point to some exciting new content coming your way soon!

When I return, I’m planning some posts on my adventures on Lisbon, some of the fun stuff I’ve been up to lately, including a book review or two, and of course more bullet journal posts. And how not to end up in a state like this where you don’t plan ahead and then get in a flustered mess like yours truly.

Since I’m in this state, you will notice (if you haven’t already) that I’m putting social media on the back foot until I’m back from Lisbon. Insta gals, don’t worry I’m coming back soon but need a break whilst I get everything in order.

Enjoy your day, I’ll be back soon - hopefully in a less frazzled state!

Much Love

My Experience at Big Easy

Back in May, I visited Big Easy in Canary Wharf for my friend’s 21st birthday. I’d never been there before, (or even heard of it) and was pretty excited to see what it would be like.


I work in London but rarely head over to Canary Wharf. We were heading there on a Saturday night and it felt really strange! Usually, London on a Saturday night is full of hustle and bustle but it was like a ghost town. Super strange to experience. We got the DLR and then took a short 5-10 minute walk to the restaurant. We got a bit lost on the walk there as we were confused with which way we’d exited the station and which bridges we needed to cross. Then it took us a little while to realise we needed to head up to a roof garden sort of area to actually reach Big Easy. Once we headed up some very nice escalators (they only moved when you were standing on them, fancy ay?) we found other human beings and were reassured that it wasn’t the apocalypse and we were in the right place.

It was hot the evening we went and it felt very much like we were on holiday as we walked through a swanky roof garden. Annoyingly we didn’t stop and take any photos here but it really didn’t feel like London at all!


Once we were in sight of the restaurant, you could just sense the buzz coming from within. As we walked in and were seated at our table, I saw that the restaurant was absolutely heaving. This is where all the people were! There was a bar area you could order drinks from which was pretty busy and lots of tables. The restaurant was a bit dark, but quite a cosy dark if that makes sense? It didn’t feel dingy at all, just very comfortable, and the decor fitted in with the seafood theme. There were also some nice neon lights dotted around the place.

The atmosphere, although welcoming, was a little bit loud. This isn’t necessarily a negative thing but I did struggle to hear my friend sat opposite me because the music was loud. I actually didn’t realise until about halfway though that there was a live band playing - so no wonder it was loud! I wish I’d known this from the start as I would have paid them a bit more attention. I thought it was just very loud background music!


I personally don’t enjoy seafood. It’s not really for me. Consider this a miniature guide for what to order if you don’t want to fish option! I didn’t have a starter, instead went straight in with the main course of Iron skillet Home-Cooked Chilli. It was as delicious as it sounds. It came with nachos and a small salad, and the chilli was topped with sour cream. I also ordered a side of chips because I was super hungry. The portion sizes were pretty good, just enough so that you were satisfied and had room for pudding!

Now onto the best bit, dessert. I’m usually a starter/main gal, but on this occasion, the waffles had caught my eye. I had a warm waffle with two scoops of vanilla ice cream, with a jug of hot chocolate sauce on the size. Oh. My. God. Even just looking at the photos makes me want it again. This made my evening. The waffle was perfect, and the ice cream and chocolate sauce on top made it divine. I’d highly recommend the waffles if you visit Big Easy!

Cocktails were a little pricey here, so I only had one whilst we were here (a mojito of course, rather nice) and drank tap water during my main course.

Would I go there again?

All in all, this restaurant was set in a lovely location and the vibe is good inside. It has lots of hustle and bustle, feels very America, and the service was good. If you’re in the area and are a seafood lover, I’d say give it a go! If you don’t like seafood, like me, then be aware that you’re going to have limited choice but it’s still good tasty food. I would be happy to visit again in future.

Thanks for popping by today

Much Love

Why I adore habit tracking (and what I track currently)

I find habit trackers fascinating. I really think that they’re a window into someone’s life. You can immediately see what’s important to that person and what their priorities are.

Today I thought I’d share a little bit more about my habit trackers with you, and how they’ve evolved over time.

When I first created my bullet journal, I remember being most excited about creating a habit tracker. I’d seen so many on Pinterest and I was ready.

How do I Know What Habits to Track?

Choosing the habits you want to track is pretty easy. Firstly, consider what’s already a part of your routine, for example exercising, reading, blogging. The things you’re tracking don’t have to be done every day, but I’d advise choosing things that perhaps you want to improve on and start doing more of. That’s how I picked most of mine.

I can’t think of anything, give me some starters, please!
If you can’t decide what to track at the beginning, I’d work on setting yourself a few goals which you can use to track with. Set a goal of how many hours sleep you should be getting each night. There’s your first habit to track. Also look at if you want to be exercising regularly, focusing on skincare, and looking after yourself. Are you drinking enough water every day? All of these things are quite good to track as they’re helping with your self-care.

What do I track?

During the time I’ve had my bullet journal, I have added a few habits here and there. So this is a review of what I’m tracking currently. It looks like I’m tracking quite a lot, but it’s not really too bad.

Morning skin care & evening skincare:

I dedicate a row each to skincare, as I should probably be doing both! I like to track skincare because I notice that sometimes I can get really lazy with my routine. Instead of following my proper skincare routine I might just splash my face, that’s better than nothing but it’s not my proper skincare routine, is it? I’m tracking these to see if there’s any correlation with the days of the week and if I follow proper skincare or not.


I track when I work out because I think it’s important to hold myself accountable when I don’t work out. I seem to have two phases when it comes to exercising. Either I’m at the gym all the time or I’m taking a day off - lasting for three weeks. It’s not perfect and I’m only really making things harder for myself this way, so tracking it is a good way to notice when I’m going through a bad phase!


I like to practice a few times a week ideally on Duolingo because at school I was always really bad at languages. I took French and German and I was unbelievably bad at actually remembering any of it. Duolingo seems to be working quite well for me so far. I don’t think I’m going to be speaking in a different language anytime soon but having the knowledge and ability to read it is pretty fun. So far I’ve dabbled in Vietnamese because it’s so different to English and I wanted something to learn completely from scratch. And Portuguese, in preparation for my summer holiday!

7+ hours sleep

Sleep is a big challenge for me. I’m guilty of trying to cram too much into my evenings and end up going to bed too late. I’m not very good at balancing everything! My current aim at the moment is to have at least seven hours of sleep. I feel refreshed with this amount of sleep and I actually have a chance of reaching this goal!


I’ve been trying meditation on and off since the beginning of this year. I only ever hear good things about it and so wanted to give it a go. On the whole, I think I do feel better afterwards, but I don’t think traditional sit-down meditation is for me. At the moment. I’m experimenting with a few different apps on my phone to see what will work best for me. At the moment I’m trying to do this roughly twice a week.


I love reading! I don’t dedicate nearly as much time as I’d like to it though. Since I’ve been habit tracking I’ve been making such an effort to read, and have discovered some really good books along the way. It seems like my favourite thing to read is either a good self-help book or a dystopian novel. Got any recommendations?

10,000 daily steps

This is a big one. I have a Fitbit so I’m constantly trying to reach my goal of 10,000 steps. On weekdays I can usually achieve this no problem at all, but it’s much more of a challenge at weekends. I’ve got two holidays coming up so I’m trying as hard as possible to get in the best shape I can.

No spending

Haha! This is something that I unfortunately never get to colour in on my habit tracker. It’s very rare that I don’t spend a single thing. During the week I buy lunch every day (yes I know this is not the best way of doing it) and at the weekend I’m usually doing a bit of shopping. Sundays are the day where I’m least likely to spend. But that’s still rare. Ooops.

Bullet Journal

This gets coloured in almost every single day. If I’ve updated my bullet journal and filled out my habit tracker (ha) then I colour this in.

No eating out

Who likes food? ME! And I do like eating out from time to time. Even if it’s just a cheeky Mcdonalds. I’m trying to keep this to a minimum though to save money and stay reasonably healthy.

2,200ml water

It’s super important to drink enough every day. This is my goal in my Fitbit app, so I try and reach this target every day. I’ve been on it during all this hot weather we’ve had.

Fitbit calories

I like to keep an eye on what I’m eating via my Fitbit app. Basically just to keep track of any major cheat days I have. If I’ve put them in the app, this gets ticked off.

Instagram comments

Hands up if you like Instagram’s algorithm! Oh, that would be nobody. Yep, Instagram is proving to be a bit of pain recently and I think we’ve all noticed that it feels like a bit of battle to be seen on their anymore. I try and ensure that I spend a bit of time each day commenting on photos I like the look of, as my way of ‘beating’ the algorithm. I don’t think it will help me be seen anymore, but at least I’ll be able to see more of my favourites on my stream. That’s the aim anyway.


At the beginning of this year, I went through a phase of having a cold every other week. Literally. It was every other week. I’ve been taking vitamins since then to try and help my immune system out a little, and so far, it seems to be working. (Watch me wake up with a cold tomorrow). If I take my vitamins, I tick this off.


Okay, I’m still a coffee novice and only like mochas, but I am in love. They’ve become a real treat for me. I like to keep track of this though because I don’t want to become too reliant on it.


I actually got this idea of off one of my besties, Chrystal (hello if you read this!). I’m not a massive drinker but do have a habit of going OTT at parties. Oops. So, this is just to keep track of that I guess. Do you ever get that little form when you go to the dentist and they’re like how many units of alcohol do you drink a week? I dunno! Sometimes it might be nothing for weeks and then summer comes along and there’s a party every week!

That sums up which habits I track. As you can see from my tracker, I’ve always got room to add more if need be. I like to track my mood too, on the same page so I can see if there’s any correlation between my various habits and general mood. For instance, if I’ve had a day where I’ve managed to tick a lot off, I’m usually in a really good mood. A day with few ticked off is likely to not be great.

If you have a bullet journal and like using a habit tracker, what habits do you track? Do you split yours up into categories? That’s something I’ve considered doing but just keep it in the order I thought of them :’)

Thanks for stopping by,

Much Love!

What I'm Watching...

Hands up if you’ve got an obsession with Netflix and no matter what you just can’t stop yourself? Yup, me too. Here’s what I’ve been goggling over lately.


Don’t tell me any spoilers. I haven’t finished this yet but it is so good! I’ve seen a lot of people praising this show on Twitter, and like seriously, it’s worth the hype. This show takes place in small town where everyone seems to know everything about each other. The show follows a bunch of teens around as they an investigation takes place in regards to a missing person. We quickly find out they’ve been murdered! Woah. Looks like it’s a murder mystery! The show takes place mainly in high school or the local diner, and it reminds me a little bit of Vampire Diaries or Pretty Little Liars. Why haven’t I finished watching it yet? Because I’m trying to eek it out so it lasts longer! As of right now, there’s only this season so I’m trying not to rush through. I will also point out that visually, this show is gorgeous to look at. You can tell that time has been taken during filming. Tries to remember some film terminology from Media A-Level to sound like I know what I’m talking about. You get my gist - if you need a good high school drama with a bit of mystery thrown into the mix, give this a go!

Orange is the new black

Oh my god don’t hate me but I’m only on season 2. I know, that itself is a crime but I am catching up, promise! I’ve seen snippets of the show in the past, and I remember all the hype surrounding the show when Ruby Rose joined the cast. But I’d never sat down and properly watched it before. Oh, how I wish I had dedicated time to it in the first place. As I said, I’m currently working my way through season 2 and love it! I feel like the episodes are a good length, they’re nice and chunky and you always feel like each episode is worth your time. 50mins to an hour is quite a commitment ya know. Can’t wait to catch up with the current season. Having to avoid soooooo many spoilers.

Jessica Jones

Kinda surprised myself with this one as I’m really not a fan of Marvel stuff. Just never really got into any of the films/shows. However, when a gal has an obsession with David Tennant, she gotta watch his shows. Now listen, I know that this show is by no means new and I am way behind on watching, but it’s okay ya know. I found it a bit slow to start with, and there was a lot of build-up before the real nitty gritty stuff started happening, but I am enjoying it. It’s quite dark, very dark in places, and David Tennant is a bad guy (from what I’ve watched so far). Maybe this is my way into enjoying more Marvel content. We shall see!


Chances are you’ve heard of this in some form. You might have read the book or seen the advertising surrounding the show. Personally, I read the book first, and I would recommend that. It’s like anything with a TV adaptation, you’re going to get a lot more detail from the book. I’m about halfway through the series now and am finding it super easy to watch. It reminds me a lot of New Girl, and the short episodes are snappy enough to keep you watching, but not too long that you realise you’ve got bored and have been scrolling through Twitter for the last half hour. Woops. I really like how they’re portraying Sophia and I’m hoping there might be another season in the future. Who knows!

Guilty Pleasures

Lastly, my guilty pleasures for the last few weeks have been Love Island and Big Brother. I know, the shame. Shout out to these show for taking all my precious Netflix time away from me. It is actually becoming a bit of an issue because it’s eating away at my Netflix time! First world problems alert. But seriously, I’d never watched Love Island before this year except for one episode last year where I got so confused, but now I am hooked! It’s taking priority over all other TV right now, and I am living for Camilla and Jonny. I hope by the time this post goes live they’re back to being in love again!

There you have it. That’s what I’m watching at the moment, what about you? If you’re watching anything good on Netflix at the moment let me know in the comments or over on Twitter because I’m always on the lookout for new shows to watch!

My Favourite Bullet Journal Collections

If you’ve been following my bullet journal series, you’ll know that I love a collection or two! Today I wanted to share 5 of my personal favourites with you, to maybe inspire you and give you some ideas for your own bullet journal.

Reading List 

I’ve been making such an effort to read more in the last few months. I think it’s so good for everyone and I think you only really come out the other side a better person. #Deep. My reading list has become my most used collection in my bullet journal, which somewhat surprised me. So much I’ve actually filled it up! The next thing on my to-do list is to draw a new one!

At first, I wanted to draw a really nice bookshelf with lots of books on there and fill it up gradually, but I chose not to do this for a couple of reasons.

Firstly, I wasn’t confident in my ability to draw a bookshelf that matched the one I had in my head. Secondly, I was worried about how much space I’d have to write the title and author of each book in that layout. Plus, I’d already bought some really pretty looking book stickers online and wanted to use them.

So I stuck with a natural list format, with a sticker and header. That’s it, and it’s worked perfectly! I am so happy with the outcome and it’s made reading fun again! I’ve actually started taking myself on regular trips to Waterstones (isn’t it just the best place ever) to buy a few books at a time. I’m colouring in the books that I’ve read with my Tombow pens as and when I finish them. I think by the time I’ve read the whole page it’s going to look so pretty.

Watch List

Aesthetically this isn’t my favourite collection in my bullet journal, but it has helped me keep track of everything I’m watching (bar Love Island and Big Brother - they’re now a steady part of my daily routine. Don’t judge). People at work are always mentioning show that I should watch, and I’m always stumbling across things on Netflix that I want to dive into. But so often I might watch a few episodes and then something happens and then I don’t watch it for ages and it gets blurry. This collection is a bit all over the place, but I have the name of the show or film, and then a square for each episode. I find that this does actually work quite well, however, I am actively seeking out a better way to draw this. I don’t know whether I’ll wait until I’ve filled it up, or just start from scratch further on in my journal. Haven’t decided. But I do love tracking what I’m watching! If you have any suggestions/recommendations about a TV/Film collection please drop me a tweet @rawrrbecca!


Another one of my favourite collections is my wishlist. This one is high up on my faves for aesthetic reasons. I drew this page very early on in my journal, and it was around the time I started to find my bullet journal style. I love the way I’ve stamped the heading (yes this was back when I could be bothered with stamps), and the dots, plus washi tape. I love the way it’s so simplistic. I’m keeping this wishlist for bigger, more expensive things. So like, I wouldn’t put a new mascara on here if I wanted one, this is for things I have to save up for. Long term wants!

Blogger Chats

I don’t know about you, but I love taking part in blogger chats at the moment. I feel like they’re a great way to engage with the community and also, I feel like there’s so much useful advice that can be gathered from chats! I’m terrible at remembering when chats are though, so I made this double spread in my journal to keep track of chats I’m interested in. Obvs, I can’t join in all of them every day, but it means in the evening if I’ve got some spare time I’ll flick to this page and see what’s happening. I’ve got plenty of room to add in more chats as I find out about them too. Any chats you think I should have on here? Let me know!

Washi Tape 

My final collection I love is my washi tape collection! I’ve started to calm down a bit now, but when I first started out I couldn’t help myself and bought so many tapes from Etsy. Did you see my favourite washi tape stores the other day? I created this page because quite frankly, the tape is so pretty I wanted to display somewhere. This is my first completed page, and I’m currently working on another one, which I’m sure will pop up on my Instagram soon. It’s actually been a really good way of seeing how tapes work with each other, but also to see how they actually appear in my journal. Some are more transparent than others. To be honest, this collection is just an excuse to have pretty pages throughout my journal any buy more tape! Ha!

These are my 5 favourite collections in my bullet journal at the moment. I am currently working on some more so it will be interesting to see if I change my mind about any! If you have a bullet journal, how often do you find yourself flicking back to old collections? Do you copy them over into new journals as you fill old ones up? I would love to know!

If you enjoyed this post be sure to check out my other bullet journal posts for some insight and inspo.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today,

Much Love

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken”

My thoughts and feelings about best selling #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso.

I first found out about #GIRLBOSS from everyone else's blog photos. It seems to be a staple in photograph backgrounds and strikes me as the 'in thing' of the moment. I saw the trailer for the Netflix adaptation and I cracked (Since finishing the book I’m half way through the show and love it!). I'd been reluctant to read this book, in fear of jumping onto the hype train, but I couldn't take it anymore. I needed to see what all the fuss was about.

On a not so special evening, I downloaded the sample of #GIRLBOSS onto my phone. In the edition I was reading, there's actually an introduction to the introduction. Not gonna lie, I found this annoying. I'd had no chance to get to know Sophia, and was straight away met with points written to validate whatever it is that happens in the book. Trouble is, I haven't read the book yet! I felt it was unnecessary and as someone who didn't already know the story, it was frustrating. I just wanted to read the bloody book! I bought a full copy off of Amazon, skipped the intro, and got stuck in.

I'm so glad I did.

This book follows the life of Sophia Amoruso and her hiccups along the way, as she founded her very own company, Nasty Gal. Sophia's personality shone through this book. There was a real attitude throughout the book, a real sense of, if you want to get shit done, get out there and do it. People my age can get swept up into this feeling that they'll just fall into what they want to do. It can be easy to forget that things that are worthwhile require hard work. Sophia's determination and confidence radiates throughout. Sure, she didn't set out to have her own business, and she faced some challenges where she had no idea how to handle it, but she grabbed it by the horns and got on with it.

I'm looking out for role models more than ever before, and I loved how much I could relate to Sophia. It's nice to know that she too, had no idea what she was doing in her early twenties. Sure, that shouldn't be an aim, but it's good to know that even if you do feel like that, there's still a way out. She's honest! I'm reluctant about reading business books because I don't like the waffle. Cut the crap, get rid of all that business jargon and say it like it is. I don't think I'm going to be the boss of an entire company anytime soon (but who knows what the future holds?) but I enjoyed the chapters talking about how Sophia felt when she had to fire people, and how she dealt with investors. It was a glimpse into how she runs the business and what you have to do as queen bee. It's not all fun, there are tough conversations to be had and decisions to be made. I loved that she stayed true to herself and the brand. She was #relatable.

Don't mistake my praise for this book as me sucking up to it, just because it's popular. I loved it, and I couldn't put the damn thing down, but I a couple things did bother me here and there.

Being so late to the party on this one, I knew even before reading the book that Nasty Gal had filed for bankruptcy last year. After a bit of googling, it looks like BooHoo have bought them up, which is great, but it did beg the question, where did it all go wrong? Here I am investing time into a book telling me how to smash it, yet the very thing it's all based on has come crashing down. It made me question a few things, and wonder if I should be taking it all with a pinch of salt, however, as Sophia said herself in a recent article “Hey, it was my first business, and I think I got pretty far.”

High-end name dropping didn't float my boat. To be fair, I think it was Sophia's way of making a comparison. She wasn't name dropping all the expensive labels she was buying from for nothing, she was doing it to prove how far she's come. I think it can come across as a bit snobby sometimes, look at me and what my success can buy - a Porsche, for example, but hey, if you've got the dollar, go for it gal.

I'm glad I read this book when I did because it's given me a lot of guidance and one heck of a confidence boost when it comes to what's happening in my life right now. I'm 21, and like, damn girl you need to get your shit together. Don't get me wrong, I've got it together in some aspects, but I want to be more. My blog content was getting so stale it was making me yawn, so god knows what other people thought about it! Hello, reboot! It's scary when you grow up, I've turned a corner in my head, and now I know that I want to make a name for myself. I want to be a #girlboss at work, I want my team to be proud of me, and I want to take this blog to the next level. This book has given me the kick I needed to up everything a notch.

If you're a woman, especially if you're my age, read this book. Today. It gives you an insight of how you can go from top to bottom, and I think it's bloody great. This is definitely a book that's going to leave a lasting impression on me, and it's given me the motivation I needed to get back into the swing of things again.


Much Love