Sunday, 27 September 2015

Why Are Photos Important To Me?

Hi everyone!

So recently, one of my friends told me that I'd changed her feelings on photos and selfies.
It made me feel happy that I'd managed to change someone's mindset as now maybe they can take more photos themselves and capture their own memories.

It inspired me to make this blog post about why I think photos are really great and why they're important to me, in case some people just aren't on the same wavelength.

I first started using the Disposable Cameras before I got my first Digital Camera in 2008, there was always so much excitement upon receiving your photos back from the printers and seeing what you'd managed to capture, as obviously you couldn't see immediately what you'd taken, and let's just say, 7 year old Claire's camera skills weren't always the best...

The first ever disposable camera I used was on a primary school beach trip when I was probably about 5 or 6. Goodness knows why I was trusted with a camera but I cannot be more thankful and grateful that I had one with me, because I've got some proper cute little photos of me and one of my longest known and dearest friends! They are so so precious to me as photos as obviously back then, there was not an opportunity to take as many pictures as today and my friend actually left the UK in 2007 and I wouldn't have had any photos at all really besides them. Luckily, I've been able to see her since but like I'm saying, the photos are hugely important to me!

I've always been that friend that insists on taking a photo during a day trip or whatever but honestly, I just love the way you can look at a photo and think back to the memory or the time of your life when it was taken!

This is also important to me as I can have such a bad memory at times and photos are a great way to preserve a specific event or time in your life and I love that. I think it's so good and I'm really grateful for all of the photos I've taken and been able to get printed etc.

As for selfies, sometimes we just want to capture the way we look, am I right..???

I hope that this gives people more of an understanding as to why some of us just love taking photos and that we're not "vain" or anything like that - mate we just want to be able to properly cherish the people and the things around us such as views or surroundings so that even when they're not there anymore or they change, we can still see them exactly how they were!

Capture the moment forever!

Love & hugs
Claire xxxxxxxxxx

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Dealing With Comparisons

Hi everyone! I was inspired to write this blog post for a number of reasons. Lately, I've felt like I've bottled up a lot of what I've wanted to say and wanted to do. It's been a bit crap.

I know I'm not the only person guilty of this, but particularly recently I've been stuck on comparing myself to others. And it does no good.
When we're comparing ourselves we're literally only comparing to one particular thing. We're all different and we all have different strengths and different weaknesses and we've all had different struggles and generally different lives.
So how can we compare each other? I honestly don't know.
When you put it as blankly as that it sounds ridiculous but I know it's something that we get sidetracked worrying and thinking about.

It can drive you mad going around comparing yourself and negatively putting yourself down against others who are also doing the same. If we all focus on the good points about ourselves too as well as the good points about everyone else then that would lead us onto happier and mentally healthier lives.

Whilst researching this post, I discovered that the Guardian posted a report about the growing number of girls with low esteem. The report stated that the 'Girls Attitude Survey' said that 33% of women were not happy with their looks and its rose continually from the past two years.

Comparisons can honestly do more damage than good and it's vital for others to remember that everybody is different and we really all do have different stories and backgrounds and have different good points and bad points.

The best way I can think of to deal with this is make a list of all of the things which have been positive or that you're happy about with your life or your skills. Keep the list handy whenever you can feel a "compare-attack" coming on and keep it in your thoughts.

Another thing you can do is talk to a friend or parent or any loved one about your fears. Sometimes you just need a little reminder from someone who cares about you to keep you on the right track. I can guarantee they will have plenty of reasons as to why you're an amazing person and all of the key factors of what makes you a great person to hang around with/get the job etc.

If someone repeatedly puts pressure on you by comparing you to someone else in what can be seen as negatively, don't let it bring you down. We're all unique individuals and none of us are literally "the same" and we should definitely celebrate that. Just remember that you keep doing you and keep yourself happy and healthy.

We're all here to live separate journeys and if there's something which you aren't happy about with your life, do whatever you can to make things work and change it around.

If you're reading this and you can relate, do let me know in the comments! Thank you so much for reading and I just want to tell you know that no matter what you may sometimes tell yourself, YOU ARE an amazing person!!

Love & hugs
Claire xxxxxxxxxxx

Sunday, 13 September 2015

August 2015 Favourites

Hi everyone!
So this is my August 2015 Favourites blog post! There's quite a few things to talk about, some of which were accidentally missed out of my last favourites post! Here we go!

Beyonce Heat Rush Perfume
I did a post about this last month and I expressed how much I loved it, that I had to include it in the favourites. It's got such a fresh, citrusy, summer scent and I've genuinely been using it so much and it's long lasting and keeps you smelling sweet and fresh!

Soap & Glory Righteous Butter
I reviewed this last year and I recently started using it a lot again and oh my god, it's truly a gift from the angels. It's so smooth and quick-drying and smells absolutely beautiful. I can't express how much I love this stuff. If I could I would include this in every single one of my favourites, I absolutely LOVE IT!!

Maybelline Colour Tattoo Timeless Black Eyeshadow
When I bought this, I literally bought it because it was less than a fiver and I love these eyeshadows and was sure I'd use it at some point. I recently used it alongside the On and On Bronze to create a bit of a smoky eye look for a meal I went to and it wasn't perfect but it was pretty good! If my makeup skills were a little better it would have been perfect! It created a very nice smoky effect and I thought I'd include it in the favourites post because I was just so happy with it.

Sainsburys Minion Cushion
This is a favourite that I forgot to mention last month too. For my holiday, I decided I needed a new travel cushion. And whilst in Sainsburys, I found the perfect one. A bright yellow minion one. It's so cute and so comfortable. Best of all it makes me smile every time I see it. It's just far too cute, am I right??

Shell Necklace
I bought this necklace whilst on holiday and I love it. Not sure if I've expressed my love for shells, but I really like them particularly in jewellery. I love a lot of beach related things! This shell necklace makes me feel really summery and reminds me of holidays and all things nice! It was really cheap too which was great! It's a little flower shape and I think it's adorable!

~photo coming soon~

Silento - Watch Me Whip
This has literally been my favourite song of August. It's just been so catchy and ahh I can't help it. I've almost mastered my whips and my nae naes so yes that's something which I can add to my CV... (jokes)

Major Lazor - Lean On
I totally forgot to include this in my June/July favourites, but this song has been a constant one in my life these past couple of months. I wasn't hugely big on it at first but it grew on me spectacularly and now I love it so much.

Lady Leshurr - Queen's Speech 4
I remember Lady Leshurr featuring on Vince Kidd's song Sick Love back in 2012, and this song is part of a collection of freestyle raps she has done. The music in this is so intense and honestly, Lady Leshurr is such an incredible, underrated and rapper. She has so much talent and her raps are so original and refreshing compared to other rappers and I hope she gets more recognition in the UK and the US to be honest. Queen's Speech 4 has definitely been on repeat this month!

Busted - Who's David
One of my best friends sent me this song on a day where I was feeling pretty shit and I realised how much I love it! Although as I said to my friend, the lyric "and i've got proof because the word's going around" annoys me because that doesn't mean it's proof - rumours???? Anyways besides that little disagreement I have with that lyric, it's literally one of my favourite Busted songs!

Abba - Voulez Vou
I mentioned last month I'd had a serious Abba phase during July and it was caused not only by hearing their songs a lot in public but the fact that Mamma Mia was on TV. And so I've generally been loving their songs a lot lately. I chose Voulez Vou to be in the favourites because it's one of my favourites of theirs, possibly joint with Dancing Queen, Take A Chance On Me and Gimme Gimme Gimme.

Jess Glynne - Don't Be So Hard On Yourself
This is Jess Glynne's 5th number one single and I'm so glad it reached #1. I find it to be such a motivational and upbeat song. It also brings back happy memories of hearing it in Topshop.

Felix Jaehn ft Jasmine - Ain't Nobody
I wasn't a huge fan of this when first hearing it, however it's recently grown on me quite a bit! I always think of Liberty X's song Being Nobody as they also shared the same sample, but this couldn't be further away from Liberty X's song to be honest. With it's soft gentle vocals and beats it's a great chilling out track.

Ella Eyre - Good Times 
I've got to admit, I've not really been a huge fan of some of Ella's other songs, I'm not quite sure why not, they're the sort of things I'd listen to, but for some reason they didn't really grab me as much as this song did. Not only does Ella look absolutely flawless in the video, it's so catchy and generally a great summer tune! Ella you've done good!!

Millions Sweets
I used to love Millions sweets back in like 2010 and had them all the time and then for some weird reason I stopped, I think I moved on to something else! However whilst out in Poundland, me and one of my best friends bought a 7 pack to share (there was actually 8 in there - bonus!) and I've really been enjoying them especially as I'd previously only tried a couple of the flavours! I got to try some of the newer ones! They are definitely a favourite!

Magnum Pink Raspberry
These have been a treat this summer, they taste so sweet against the chocolate and are so pretty as well. I've only really started having Magnums in the last year or so, but I do hope they bring this back next year and keep it!

Scott Mills Innuendo Bingo
I'm not even going to pretend like I haven't been binge watching loads of old games of Innuendo Bingo from the absolutely incredible Scott Mills of Radio 1. He is definitely my favourite Radio 1 DJ and this game is just perfect for me. Scott and Chris are the perfect double act and the game itself is genuinely brilliant.
Here's an episode for you to enjoy if you wish:

I hope you enjoyed this blog post! Please let me know in the comments some of your favourites from August!

Lots of love!
Claire xxxxxxxxxx

Friday, 4 September 2015

10 Reasons Why I Love Beyonce

Hi everybody! Slightly different post today, but seeing as the fabulous lady herself turns 34 today, I thought I would do a post dedicated to her as she is one of my favourite celebrities and notably, one of my favourite singers.

Here we have 10 Reasons Why I Love Beyonce!!

1: Her voice
I cannot get over Beyonce's voice. It is just truly dazzling, she seems to hardly ever hit messy notes and her vocal range is outstanding. She can do the highs the lows, the raps and the soft notes. I'm always absolutely so impressed when watching performances from her live as she really gives it her all and just sounds amazing every single time. It really is my dream to see her live as I'm sure it would be an absolutely incredible performance vocally.

2: Her dancing
If I was to see Beyonce live, another reason why it would be an amazing show would be her dancing and her overall performance. You can just feel how much she is giving it her all and just owns the stage. Not all these artists can do it, although clearly Beyonce can. She always seems to give everything she can to every performance and that really signifies a true performer.

3: Her femininity
Beyonce always aims to make us females feel good and empowered and always tries to teach people about equality and why it is important. I love the way she is always raising the game for females and generally motivating us all.

4: Her Versitality
Beyonce has the ability to sing in different music genres and her voice seems to suit any kind of song, she has the ability to be able to OWN any song she chooses to sing and that is an amazing quality and proves how much of an incredible singer she really is.

5: The way she changes up the game
Beyonce is a legend. It's all too obvious, she is iconic and one of the reasons she is so iconic is because she changes up the game. She released her entire album without any notice whatsoever and it managed to sell spectacularly well.

6: Her sassiness
I can't believe it's taken to number 6 before I mention her sassiness. Queen B is literally queen of sass and I love her for it.

7: Her music videos
Her music videos are always so well put together and always worth the watch! I can't decide on my favourite although I do have a huge spot for Crazy In Love, Single Ladies, Flaws and All and Pretty Hurts! Also the dance routines in the videos are on point!

8: Her quotes
Beyonce has made some pretty motivating and worthwhile quotes over the years and I just feel like some of the things she says are refreshing and help you to think more carefully about life and how you're living it.

9: Her fun personality
Beyonce seems to really lighten up wherever she is and when she released 711 in November 2014, it was another big example of how she can still make an epic song whilst letting loose and not taking things so seriously. She has the ability to do so and still be taken seriously as an artist and as a performer.

10: Her face/body
OK so I couldn't get away with a Beyonce related post without talking about how beautiful she is! She's one of my "girl crushes" and not only for me either I know that loads and loads and loads of people think Beyonce is gorgeous. Which she is. That woman is literally beyond stunning. She just looks good with any style. Need I say any more?

Wow. I could have gone on for ages but I thought 10 is a good number.
All my Beyonce fans please tell me any other things you love about Queen B :)!
I'd also love to know your favourite Beyonce songs, please comment and leave them below!

My favourite Beyonce songs would probably be Crazy In Love, Halo, 7/11, Love On Top, Single Ladies, Schoolin' Life, Pretty Hurts, Flaws & All, Work It Out, Flawless, Freakum Dress, If, Xo, Grown Woman. As you can see I can't pick just one hahaha!!!

Thank you so much for reading this post!
I hope you enjoyed it!

And before I end this post, Happy 34th Birthday Beyonce! Hope it's a wonderful one!

Love & hugs
Claire xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx