Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Why Daily Blogging Isn't For Me

The majority of the bloggers that I follow are not daily bloggers, but a few of them are and this is something that absolutely amazes me - especially because in the majority of those cases, their daily blogs are so good that I STILL read them every single day.

However, daily blogging? Not something I could ever do, and here's why.

  1. I have a hard enough time sticking to my three times a week schedule at times. I schedule all my posts, and more often than not I find myself very quickly writing all my posts for the week in one sitting because I feel like I HAVE to, even though I'm sure the vast majority of people wouldn't notice if I missed a day.
  2. I write my ideas down in advance. Sometimes it's really difficult of me to think of ideas for even two weeks away. And normally, by the time it gets to the point that I need to write these, I don't even like the idea anymore and end up having to change it. 
  3. I just don't think I'd have enough ideas to write daily content! I work too many hours to get up to much else these days!
  4. Right now, while blogging is sometimes a massive hassle, it still remains fun. I think daily blogging would take out the entirety of the fun aspect for me.
  5. I live in a flat with a lot of outside light, and despite that I'm STILL currently limited to how often I can take photos thanks to how quickly it gets dark and depressing at the moment. This is fine at the moment as I can take my product photographs as and when - if I went daily, I'd run out of photos incredibly quickly.
  6. I wouldn't want the pressure. This isn't my job. My job already gives me enough stress.
  7. I already feel bad when I miss a day. If this was every single day? I'd probably be feeling bad an awful lot.
  8. I need to be spending more time on my partner, and my friends.
  9. And right now, I need to be spending more time on MYSELF, as well. This is an odd thing to say because actually my blog IS a time when I can express my thoughts, but I still need some time away from everything.
  10. I don't work normal hours. I'm already often feeling slightly out of touch with social media as I'm just not around on twitter when everyone else is. This would feel even worse if I was to try to do it every day.

Those are my reasons - how about yours? Are you a daily blogger? Do you think you could be?


Monday, 28 November 2016

Road Trip Part 9; Yosemite National Park, California

Yosemite National Park, California
 Unpopular opinion time: I didn't like Yosemite.

I WANTED to like Yosemite. I'm frequently led to believe that it's one of the best national parks that North America has to offer. It's enormous, and offers beautiful masses of land along with the potential of seeing bears... and yet, I didn't quite like Yosemite.


Friday, 25 November 2016

5 Things I Hate About Twitter

1. The Scheduled Tweets
I'm not saying that having scheduled tweets is a bad thing. I have them too. I'm not even saying that people who post what I would consider way-too-many scheduled tweets are a bad thing, it's their own choice. But what I DO really dislike is the fact that sometimes, despite the amount of people I follow, that my feed is literally nothing but scheduled tweets. I can't stand it! I browse through and want to see something, anything, to be able to interact with and instead my feed is just constant links to new posts. Generally, ones that I've already read anyway. I do wish there was a way to sometimes be able to filter these out and just see the genuine posts.

2. The Automated Direct Tweets
I really hate it when I add someone, and then a few minutes later have a direct message pop up from them thanking me for following them and advertising their blog or their instagram or whatever else to me. I would go as far as to say that it generally makes me want to unfollow them out of annoyance. Don't send these! Nobody wants these! It just annoys people and you will not get any extra views out of it!

3. The Snapchat Tweets
By these, I mean tweets that link you over to something or reference something that you have to actually download or sign up to before you can view. I don't mind ones that link you over to Instagram or sites like that where you're still able to view the content even if you're not a member. But I really dislike the ones that talk about something fun that has just been posted on SnapChat, that I then can't view. I get the point, you're wanting to get some more followers over on these other mediums - but I find them so frustrating! I don't want to download SnapChat, but I DO want to see the bloggermail that you're talking about. If you're going to reference it on twitter, maybe at least post a picture or two on there as well?

4. The Watchalong Tweets
I feel a bit grumpy complaining about this one, because I totally get why it happens. By this one I basically mean when a popular TV show is on and everybody tweets along about it. Really, this falls under the same as my first point; it completely takes over my twitter feed and I can't find anything else on there and wish I could filter it out. Most the time it's about a program I'm not interested in and so don't care to read about, and at other times it's about programs I DO watch, but due to the fact I work shifts won't be getting to until some point next day. I swear 98% of the time I will switch on to twitter and immediately read some kind of spoiler.

5. The Favouritism Tweets
There are some bloggers on Twitter who will basically only reply to a certain group of friends of theirs, and that really frustrates me to see. I'm not talking the absolutely enormous bloggers - of course Zoella can't be expected to reply to everyone, that would be completely unrealistic. But I hate when I see certain bloggers reply purely to the same few people over and over again and completely ignore other people who are tweeting them. It's not hard to send them a quick reply or even just to like their comment to show you've at least acknowledged it.

That's the five things I hate about twitter! What are yours? And of course, if you'd like to follow me you can do so here!

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

A Review of my new Rose Gold iPhone 7

I recently had a truly awful week at work. I had to finish late every single day, I missed all of my plans for the week that I'd really been looking forward to, and to top it all off, I managed to get my head cut open leaving me with a wonderful looking scar on my head that the doctor helpfully told me made me look a bit like Harry Potter. Brilliant.

As a result of this and the fact that my renewal date was only a few days away anyway, I decided to go a bit heavy on the shopping impulse purchase side of things to make myself feel a little bit better, and went and got myself a new rose gold iPhone 7.

 I suppose the first thing we should do is talk about my past history of buying apple products shouldn't we?

Okay, easy.

There isn't one. I owned a classic iPod about ten years ago. I owned a bright pink iPod mini about two years after that. And, uh, that's it. I wanted the first iPhone, but it was too expensive and I couldn't justify it. And since then, I've owned no apple products whatsoever. So as such, I won't be able to compare this phone to any previous iPhones or anything along those lines, but I can at least give you a comparison based on years of buying android products.

 I went with the rose gold model. It's subtle but pretty and I'm really happy with the design of the phone as a whole. I've loved my last few phones (for comparison, my last three phones were an HTC Desire, HTC One, and HTC One M8 in that order) but there definitely is something very attractive about this phone and the way that it handles and feels.

I was surprised by this as I've never much liked the look of them before and thought they look pretty dull, but when you're using them more frequently they really do have a good feel to them. Anyway, you all know what iPhones look like as they all look exactly the same so I won't bother putting any more about that down here!

 I've been really happy with the camera on this phone. It takes really beautiful photos, and I will say it definitely takes better photos than any of my previous phones have - and I AM someone who takes a lot of photos so this is quite an important factor to me. Although it does this live photo thing that I just think is really creepy - basically when you slide through your photos it shows about a second of movement on each one which actually just looks scary and I don't get why anyone would have ever thought that that was a good idea!

I really like the way this phone organises my photos. I like that it learns who people are and puts them into their own photo albums, and I like the memories feature as every now and then it will make a little video with some of my past photos. In particular it made one of the previous few months, one just of Chris, and one of my trip to America. At the moment it's hilarious because it will always put one really out of place photo somewhere in the middle that we keep just because it makes it so funny. For example - a lovely one of Chris, with a sudden one in the middle that we took at the hospital of me with my head cut open. Wonderful. Thanks phone. I do like this feature though, it's simple but it makes me happy whenever I see that I have a new memory there.

 I do really like the screen on this phone. It's bright and pretty and it really is much more beautiful than I expected it to be. I have liked android phones because of how much customisation I could do and obviously I can't do anywhere near as much on the iPhone, but despite this I actually still really like it. It sort of just works.

 In terms of apps, it's hard to compare. The games are more or less the same on both. The apps are more or less the same on both, though I will say that for the apps that are slightly different on each one, in every case so far I have preferred the Android version. That doesn't make the apple version BAD, it just means the Android version was better. I say this having waited over a month to review this phone as I wanted to fully give it a chance and make sure I wasn't just commenting with the preferences of what I was already used to - I've had plenty of time to adjust to the new apps and I feel the android ones just tend to be that little bit better.

We all know the apple store is more restricted than the android one is, and sometimes that is disappointing. I'd say it's easier to find new ones through android.

 I have however now discovered apple music, which I really enjoy. Prior to this I've been a subscriber to Spotify Premium for a good six years now, and apple music is just plain better. I like the selections and choices it gives me and the fact that it's just that little bit more personalised.

The battery life on this phone is also really good. It gets me through the day with no risk of it running out and some days it's still on about 50% at the end if I haven't been using it too much. However I do have to be fair on this - I think the battery life is much improved from my previous phone, but in fairness, it was two years old and of course the battery life has gone down since I first bought it.

 As mentioned above, I would say the camera quality on this phone is the best of any phone I have owned. I am not a selfie fan, but the front camera is miles ahead. In terms of the general picture quality, this phone wins as well - however when it comes to watching videos on youtube and things like that I don't notice any difference at all. When it comes to sound, my last few phones are much better - however it does need to be stated that my last four phones have all been HTC phones which place a large emphasis on their sound quality and they really are much better when it comes to music or video sound. That being said though, I would say the quality of in-call sound is better on the iPhone, which is interesting.

As for all this drama over the headphone issue? I've got no problems with it. The box comes with a little attachment so that you can plug your normal earphones into it so I've been doing exactly that. It does look a bit silly as it's a completely different colour to my own earphone wires, but I imagine if you use the apple ones you won't even notice the difference. It's no real problem anyway. Either way, I keep mine attached to my earphones at all times so when it comes to wanting to use them I just plug them in same as I would any other time. I don't use my earphones for anything other than listening to music on my phone anyway so it's not like I'm constantly adjusting them.

There you have it! I've owned this phone for about six weeks now and I really like it. This was an impulse purchase I thought I'd regret, but I'm actually really happy with this phone and it's much better than I thought it would be. I'm not saying that I'm a complete apple convert - when my two years are up I have no plans of immediately just buying the next iPhone, instead I'll do what I always do and just see which my personal preference is. In all honestly, as much as I am enjoying this phone, I tend to like to change to a model that is different. Though my last phones have all been HTC, each phone has still had a different design to it due to their own customisation and the newer android models, and I like that each phone I have has felt brand new and completely different. I feel like upgrading to whatever the newer iPhone is will just feel like using a slightly faster version of the exact same phone and that doesn't appeal to me so much, so we'll have to see what happens there.

I bought my iPhone 7 from Carphone Warehouse, here, or buy it from apple themselves here!

Monday, 21 November 2016

Road Trip Part 8; The Ghost Town of Bodie, California

 One of the criteria that I had to tick off on our trip to the west coast was to visit a ghost town. I was intrigued by all the gold rush towns that I had been left abandoned, Max likes exploring abandoned places, and Chris just hadn't been to anywhere of the sort before. After narrowing down the list and spending way too long trying to pick between locations, eventually Bodie in California was the wining choice.


Friday, 18 November 2016

Some of My Favourite Instagrammers - Part 2

 First up I'm featuring Ana-Alexander of @rhymeswithcoffee. I love this account because it includes all sorts of photos that don't necessarily stick to a theme but all end up being really beautiful. I love seeing snippets of her daily life and seeing ordinary things that for some reason just look so much better when she posts about them! Expect lots of beautiful architecture, classic cars, food and flowers!

 Next up is Kelsey of @abalancingpeach. Kelsey posts lovely images that just make me feel all relaxed and at peace with the world. It's hard to explain, so you'll just have to go and take a look at her feed yourself. Somehow, all her pictures, regardless of what they are, just make me feel all sorts of calm. Expect to see lots of pretty landscapes, pictures of herself in pretty hats, and interior design.

Next up is Katy, of @misskatyenglish. Katy likes to stick to a theme when it comes to her Instagram, which does make it look all nice and flowy when you're just sliding on through. Right now, her posts are really Autumnal which just makes me want to buy all of the pumpkins and go on a trip to Kew Gardens. Expect images of flat lay food spreads and London landscapes!

 Next is Wendy, of @thankfifi. She posts a variety of different pictures but with a bit of an orangey tone to them which always makes me feel all warm to look at. Expect pictures of fashion, houses, and interiors!

And finally this time around, we've got @lichipan. A bit opposite to the above feed, this account is full of colder tones which I just love. I am a big fan of winter and cooler places and so I love to see these pretty tones. Expect icey tones and lots of beautiful food flatlays!

If you've enjoyed this post, why not go and read part one to find five more of my favourites? And don't forget you can follow me too, over at @pinkconfettiuk.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Hotel Chocolat's Christmas Range - 2016

Hotel Chocolat
For me, there are three things I look forward to each Christmas when it comes to the shopping side of things. They are the Hotel Chocolat Christmas range, the Body Shop Christmas range, and getting some good deals on some Lush bath bombs in the boxing day sales. So, OBVIOUSLY I was excited when Hotel Chocolat asked if I'd like to try out some of their Christmas products this year - of course I will!

Monday, 14 November 2016

Road Trip Part 7; Death Valley National Park

 Our trip to Death Valley began as every trip to the area should - with a visit to the Area 51 Alien Research Center. Don't get your hopes up - it's a petrol station, with a weird gift shop. And. Um. A brothel. Really. I was the first one to notice the sign highlighting this and as we entered the station we were all extremely worried that we were going to literally walk right into a brothel, but don't worry if you end up here, that's actually around the back and you can avoid it entirely if you wish!


Friday, 11 November 2016

November's Blog Spotlight Post

001. Hayley's post on whether or not beauty advent calendars have been overdone. This post came in a particularly good time as I'm busy looking at all the calendars available whilst also sorta aware that I kinda regretted getting one last year.
002. Katy's helpful post on using google analytics to grow your blog.
003. Kelly's really interesting post all about instagram bots. This is a longer read but really interesting and useful!
004. Hannah's post on things that our generation was the last to experience.
005. Emma's post on why "just do what you love," is terrible career advice.
006. Sammy's post on why she gave daily blogging a try - and why she won't be doing it again.
007. Corinne's post on how she managed to raise her DA.
008. Katy's post on her Autumn visit to Kew Gardens.
009. Amanda's post on what to do when visiting the German Christmas markets - great timing, as we're going next month! :-)
010. Amber's post on why you probably won't get rich through blogging.
011. Carrie's post all about Halloween at Disney World. I LOVE DisneyWorld and I LOVE Halloween but have never combined the two - but now I really want to!
012. Holly's post on five things she hates about blogging.

Which posts did you enjoy the most?


Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Bacchanal Buffet at Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas

Baachanal Buffet at Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas
 Here's a second Vegas post for you - this time looking at the wonderful restaurant we went to for dinner on our first night, as I feel that I took enough pictures that I might as well make it it's own post!


Monday, 7 November 2016

Road Trip Part 6; Las Vegas

 I was SO excited to go to Vegas, which is funny as it really didn't start out that way. My original thought about Vegas was that it was going to be one of those places that I might as well visit, but that I wouldn't necessarily enjoy. However, the closer we got to the trip, the more excited I found myself being about just how much there was going to be to do there.


Friday, 4 November 2016

18 Fashion Favourites: November 2016

NEW LOOK: Red Ditsy Floral Wrap Front Dress £19.99
NEW LOOK: Burgandy Pocket Front Backpack £22.99
NEW LOOK: Wide Fit Red Velvet Tie Up Heeled Sandals £24.99

Clearly, I think New Look are absolutely rocking it when it comes to the red prints this season! This dress is super pretty and would work really well for a cute Autumn look, but more than anything I'm surprised to find myself feeling enthusiastic about this backpack. I hadn't owned a backpack for literally at least five years until I bought one for my America trip. It turns out that they are so comfy and convenient that I just found myself wanting more of them, and this one looks really fashionable and versatile as well!

ASOS: Floral Mini T-Shirt Dress £38
ASOS: Premium Satin Ruffle Front Top in Mixed Floral Print £36
ASOS Tall Mini Marble Wrap Top Scuba Mini Dress £50

This month, I actually had the hardest time narrowing down which ASOS pieces to feature as there were just so many that I liked. Okay, I wouldn't consider any of these to be Autumnal, but they are beautiful prints and though I don't expect to be wearing any of them any time soon, I  think they're definitely some to grab ready for the warmer weather!

ASOS: x Pingu Sweatshirt with Click Print by Phiney Pet £28
ASOS: Boohoo Printed Wrap Tea Dress £18
ASOS: 3D Floral Waist Skater Dress £45

See? More ASOS, although these three I'd class as much more workable in the colder months! If you follow me on Twitter you'll have already seen me post about the Pingu sweater as I think it's basically the best thing ever. It's SO cute and really not a bad price at all!

OASIS: Marie Military Coat £95
OASIS: Rib Wrap Top £35
OASIS: Heart Cosy Sock £6

I have been really glad to see that Oasis are moving away from their overly floral range again. I LOVE Oasis for their bright patterns but the V&A stuff really was not working for me and I've been struggling to buy anything from them for a while. These items are a little plainer but I think are still very pretty, especially the top which is a great colour and looks like a really flattering style.

APRICOT: Black & Red Rose Print Lace Skater Dress £29
APRICOT: Green Boucle Oversized Collar Coat £59
FOREVER 21: Selfie Leslie Split Skirt Dress £47

This coat from Apricot is absolutely my favourite pick for my new winter coat. I LOVE the colour - green is one of my favourite colours but it's so hard to find a coat that isn't too camoflauge or too over the top, but this one is exactly the shade I've been looking for. It's also a really flattering shape and I love the collar and overall style. Chances are, you'll be seeing this one in a haul post rather soon :-)

FOREVER 21: Selfie Leslie Cropped Jumpsuit £47
QUIZ: Pink Light Knit Button Side Top £24
QUIZ: Gold and Silver Jewel Leaf Drop Earrings £4.99

I've not come across many pretty Autumnal earrings yet, but I really like this pair from Quiz. They are quite dainty yet interesting and pretty and I think they'd be so versatile to wear with almost anything else!

Which are your favourite items?


Wednesday, 2 November 2016

An Anniversary Dinner at Sky Garden restaurant, Fenchurch

Myself and Chris recently celebrated our half anniversary. This is of course our six month anniversary, and the general reaction I've gotten from people I've told is that it's a bit of a weird anniversary to be celebrating. For us though, it makes perfect sense. We didn't really think we'd make it this far, and on top of that, our actual anniversary is more or less the exact same date as my birthday, so this way we get an extra celebration out of it too without anything having to overshadow each other.

I chose to take him to Fenchurch Restaurant, up in the Sky Garden. There's two main reasons for this; the first is that I've been up there before to visit the Darwin Brasserie and thought it was fantastic, and so for a long time I've been wanting to try out the other restaurant. The second is that for one of our first dates Chris suggested we head up to the Sky Garden, not realising that actually, you have to book quite a bit in advance to go there in general.

For this review I'm mostly just posting about the restaurant itself and not the garden - though I'll link in with my old post featuring the garden itself! As for this one we went during the evening, it was a bit too difficult to get any additional planty pictures to share with you guys.

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