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Thursday, 31 December 2015

End of the Year and all that

It is almost time to say goodbye 2015 and hello to 2016 (where has this year gone?!) And of course it is that time of year for all the 'new year, new me' rubbish.

I always try and do a New Year's Resolution. Last year it was to continue being a veggie and cook something new every month which I did.


This year... Well this year I am going to expand some of my skills further - hopefully!

So here is 'End of the Year, New Years resolution'...

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Goodbye 2015

As we say goodbye to what has been a rollercoaster of year, it is time to reflect.

From the general election, the refugee crisis and high profile deaths to same-sex marriage legalisation, and the new Bond film Spectre, it has been a crazy ride!


End of the year!
But here are my highlights of the year I have had!

So here is 'Goodbye 2015, A look back'...

Friday, 25 December 2015

SANTA HAS BEEN

Well the day has finally arrived... Christmas Day!!! Merry Christmas guys!!!!!!!!
 
 
A soppy post this will be in terms of  thanks for coming along with me in this festive adventures, I do hope you liked the posts I shared during Blogmas and who knows, perhaps I will do it next year!

So here is '25 Days of Christmas| Day Twenty Five'...

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Move over Christmas pudding

First things first... Can you believe it is Christmas Eve already like where has December gone?!?!?!?!?!

For the penultimate post I will be showing you have to make a delicious alternative to Christmas Pudding!


Yummy meringue ready for decorating
I cannot stand Christmas Pudding, I personally think it is disgusting and so does the rest of my family therefore I bake something every Christmas Eve for Christmas dinner dessert.

Last year was a gingerbread house (that took forever) and this year... A fruity Pavlova by the Queen of baking herself, Mary Berry!

So here is '25 Days of Christmas| Day Twenty Four'...

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

You're a mean one, Mr Grinch

2 DAYS TO GOOOOOOOO!

Every Christmas Eve, I get brand new pyjamas. It's tradition. However, when I saw these in Primark I really loved them and really wanted them so well, I got them!


The Grinch is one of my favourite ever films, not just at Christmas.

So here is '25 Days of Christmas| Day Twenty Three'...

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Anyone for a cuppa?

3 DAYS TO GOOOOOO!

 And for day twenty two (can you believe it?!), I will be showing you a last minute present idea that is perfect for anyone who loves a good cuppa.
A mug!  


 
But not just any mug, one with cool letters print on it for someone's initial.
 
So here is '25 Days of Christmas| Day Ten'...

Monday, 21 December 2015

Christmas dinner in a chocolate bar

4 DAYS TO GOOOO!!!

For this post will be showing you a treat that shouldn't work but kinda does.

Chocolate... vegetarian Christmas dinner flavoured.


Yep, I thought the same. What on earth is this concoction?! So my friend got me this as a part of my secret Santa gift and I was so intrigued and surprisingly, the chocolate is kinda a tasty in a strange-not making any sense way!

So here is '25 Days of Christmas| Day Twenty One'...

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal

5 DAYS TO GOOOOOOO!

The final film review in this post series now and it is one of my favourite Christmas films ever. Like if you haven't seen it then you have to!

The 1990 film Home Alone is so hilarious, I cry with laughter every time I am not going to lie.


So here is '25 Days of Christmas| Day Twenty'...

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Baby, it's cold outside

Day nineteen (not long to go now woooo) and it is time from an accessory that is so big it could be a duvet cover. A winter scarf!

Tis the season to wrap up all nice and warm and a scarf is a must in my eyes.
So here is '25 Days of Christmas| Day Nineteen'...

Friday, 18 December 2015

Penguins on a jumper? Yes, please!

A Christmas jumper now and it is following on the theme of my penguins.

This is an adorable jumper that is perfect to snuggle into on a cold, wintery night because it is so soft and comfortable.


So here is '25 Days of Christmas| Day Eighteen'...

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Festive fun bedding

Where has the time gone, day 17 already!

And for this, I will be showing you the most adorable bedding set I have ever seen for winter.


I for one love buying bedding, there is nothing like opening a new duvet set. The feel, the smell, the print. Just love it.

So here is '25 Days of Christmas| Day Seventeen'...

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

A Christmas 'star' is found

I have an artificial Christmas tree in my room what I put up every year and decorate it with lots of pretty, small baubles.

The one thing I was missing was a tree topper.  You got to have a tree topper!!!

So walking around town, I found one! It is so pretty and perfect for my little tree.

Here is '25 Days of Christmas| Day Sixteen '...

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Bold, green eyes

It is time to get the festive look so todays post is all about the makeup. Eye makeup to be precise.


I love messing on with my eyes in terms of makeup. I find it really relaxing and very enjoyable.. Don't ask why, I have no idea haha!
If there is one thing I love putting on, it is eye liner for sure so I am showing you the perfect colour liner for this holiday!

Here is a Christmassy look in my '25 Days of Christmas| Day Fifteen'...

Monday, 14 December 2015

Peter the penguin

One of my favourite animals are penguins. They are just too cute for words.


For my 21st birthday present, my mother got me this cute penguin ornament and I love it as it is soooo perfect for this time of year!

So here is '25 Days of Christmas| Day Fourteen'...

Sunday, 13 December 2015

We're walking in the airrrrrr

Another film review now and this one comes in the shape of a snowman. The Snowman to be precise.
 
This animated classic is such a lovely, gentle short film to watch on a cold, dark night.
 

So here is '25 Days of Christmas| Day Thirteen'...

Saturday, 12 December 2015

A [not so] christmassy outfit

Day 12 now and this is my Christmas outfit! Basically what I am wearing on Christmas Day!


I always plan my outfits for the festive day, I don't know why but I just do. I like to buy a new dress or top and wear it, I guess it makes the day even more special... Surely I'm not the only one?!

So here is '25 Days of Christmas| Day Twelve'...

Friday, 11 December 2015

The smell of winter

A sweet smell is coming in on day eleven with this pretty candle from Primark.

I love candles, I don't use them, I just like to smell them and have them out around my room.
That it's weird, right?!

So to get your nose tingling, here is '25 Days of Christmas| Day Eleven'...

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Pimms and Needles| A festive event

A special post for day ten in the fact that this is where I write about my fab time at Pimms and Needles!
 
The December evening certainly lived up to my expectation last night and to make it even better, my friend Lauren came along too as a guest!
 
Ready with my mocktail and mag!
 
Filled with mocktails (cocktails minus the alcohol), mulled wine, makeup demostrations and Christmassy stalls, it certainly got us in the mood for the big day! (Can you believe it is only 15 days away, crazy?!)
 
So as I currently tuck into my chips and garlic sauce whilst writing this at 11pm on the 9th, here is '25 Days of Christmas| Day Ten'...

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Rocking Robin...

Another decoration post today but I have two to show you! Aren't you all lucky, eh?! I love buying things for my Christmas tree, I have an artificial white one so I put that up in my room.

So when I saw these two baubles, I just needed to have them. They are so pretty and simple but so effective.

Here is '25 Days of Christmas| Day Nine'...

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Jingle bells, jingle bells...

On the eight day of Christmas my true love gave to meeeeeeee... This adorable red bell heart.


Bells just remind me of this festive time as I just think about Santa's sleigh and reindeers and thinking "SANTA'S COMINGGGGGG"!!! 

So when I saw this heart shaped decoration and for a bargain price I just had to purchase it!
So here is '25 Days of Christmas| Day Eight'...

Monday, 7 December 2015

Some festive nails

For this day, I will be showing you a nail design perfect for Christmas!

The base colour is red, this is going to go on every finger nail but they will be five festive designs that will make others have nail envy


So here is '25 Days of Christmas| Day Seven '...

Sunday, 6 December 2015

These boot are definitely made for walking

The sixth post out of 25 today and it comes in the shape of winter boots.


I love the Autumn/Winter season for fashion, it is my favourite and I love boots. Especially if it is snowing oooo.

So here is '25 Days of Christmas| Day Six'...

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Santa's coming!

It is day five already?! This is going fast!
In this post I will be showing you an adorable Santa ornament that would just look lovely on a mantle place or a windowsill.


Here is '25 Days of Christmas| Day Five'...

Friday, 4 December 2015

A wreath for your door

Day four in my 25 Days of Christmas series and today is all about decoration. Wreath decoration to be precise.

A couple of weeks ago, I made a Christmassy wreath from scratch at my Pimms and Needles meeting and it was so much fun and so simple to do, perfect for a family festive activity.


I will be showing you how to make one of your own for your front door or as an inside addition.

So here is 25 Days of Christmas| Day Four...

Thursday, 3 December 2015

You sit on a throne of lies

Todays Christmassy treat will be in the form of a film I absolutely love. Elf. If you didn't get the reference in the title then you definitely need to keep on reading!


This 2003 film is definitely one to watch every year. It is funny, sad and very festive so perfect for all of the family so I thought I would put in a little film review as a part of this blog post series.

Here is '25 Days of Christmas| Day Three'...

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Lighting up Christmas

Day twooooooooooo and for this I will be showing you this adorable bauble I bought for my mothers Christmas present.

A light up church bauble. How cute is this though?!

This would look so pretty on a Christmas tree but also on a windowsill or table.

So here is 25 Days of Christmas| Day Two....

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Red like Santa's suit

Today is the first of December which means one thing and one thing only... The countdown to Christmas begins OH YEAHHHHHHHHHH.

From decorating your house and the Christmas tree, baking cookies to festive jumpers and of course Christmas dinner, who doesn't love the lead up to the big day?!

So to mark the festive season this year on my blog, I have decided to post every day until 25th December. The posts will very from decorations, last minute present ideas to fashion and beauty, they will be a Christmas pudding mixture of goodness.

To start it all of with a bang, a lipstick that will match Santa's suit and Rudolph's nose!


So here is '25 Days of Christmas| Day One'...

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Why I started blogging and tips!

So this post will explain why I started blogging all those many months ago and any tips/advice I would give if you wanted to set up a blog.

 
So here is 'Why I started blogging and tips'...

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Sweet treats for you

A short and easy post today that will show you a simple idea for a gift or even table decoration for a party or an event.

For any party, the decorations and table layout is key. And of course the food especially the sweet treats yummmmmmmmmmmmy! In terms of a gift, you sometimes want something different and unique to give to the person soooooo why not do...

Drum roll..... *drumming sounds*

Sweets in jars. Simple as it sounds ha!


Another nice thing about this is that it does not take long at all, just a few easy steps.
So here is 'Sweet treats for you'...

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Holy fudge, that's goooooood!

So you may or may not know that whilst I was at Festival of Thrift on Saturday (if not you can read all about it here), I bought some delicious looking homemade fudge from Urban Fudge's stall.

I love fudge, it is one of my favourite sweet things on this planet.


Fudge-tastic!
Of course I bought four different flavours as they had an offer on so here are the fudges: Rocky Road, Millionaire, Salted Caramel and Honeycomb so I thought why not write a review on them.

Here is my 'Urban Fudge review'....

Thursday, 19 November 2015

The Fully Monty review

Last night, my friend Mandi and I went to the theatre with Pimms and Needles to go and see the highly anticipated The Fully Monty.

I absolutely love the 1997 film version (if you haven't seen it you have to), it is hilarious so I was dead excited to go and see this performance.

And it did not disappoint me at all, here is why.

Here is 'The Fully Monty review'...

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

No7 Foundation Review*

You may or may not have read my post about the No7 Bloggers Event (read here) but if you did, then you will know I got a foundation as my free product, woooo.


Normally, I don't wear foundation. One because my skin is really sensitive and two, I just don't have time on a morning to put it on etc. Aka I would rather have an extra 5 minutes of sleep then do my makeup on a morning... Priorities haha!

However, due to this, I decided I would try it out for a change and see if I really should use it!

So here is my 'No7 Foundation Review'...

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Fancy that of London, Part Five (Fashion)

Final part of this post series and it is a simple fashion one! A collection of my outfits over the four days I was in the capital city for and some things I bought whilst I was there!

Read Part One, Part Two, Part Three and Part Four here.
A snippet of what's to come!
I love Autumnal clothing, from the colours, jumpers and patterns, its my favourite time of year!

So here is my 'Fancy that of London| Part Five (Fashion)'

Friday, 13 November 2015

Fancy that of London, Part Four

Back to this post series now after a couple of posts that were off the topic!
Final day of our London adventure and penultimate of this post series, part four!!! Read Part One, Part Two and Part Three here.


All aboard!
Thursday was to relax and chill after the hectic past days so we decided to take advantage of our free river boat cruise (we got it with our booking package) along the River Thames!

Here is  'Fancy that of London| Part Four'...

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Pimms and Needles Wreath Making

Last night hosted the next meeting of the independent women's group Pimms and Needles.

As a member, I was reallllllly looking forward to this one as we were doing something that was on my bucket list... We were wreath making.


Getting my things together!
This flower head looks like
a heart aww!
Wreaths are usually made/bought for the Christmassy period. Normally hung up on front doors, they just scream festive to me so I was super intrigued in how you make one. I will try and show you how to make one but I am not an expert so bare with me haha!

So here is 'Pimms and Needles Wreath Making'...

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Brave New (and odd) World review

A step away from my Fancy that of London post series today with a review on a play that really left me quite confused and kind of traumatised. Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. 
 
I saw this performance last night with a group as a Young Reporter for Theatre Cloud. Exciting times!
 
However, it did leave me with very mixed feelings!

 
So here is 'Brave New (and odd) World review'...

Monday, 9 November 2015

Fancy that of London, Part Three

Part three of five in my London adventures series for my 21st birthday here and this is probably my favourite day out of them all. (Read Part One and Part Two) here)

Find out where I got this cute pudding from!
I saw a musical I was dying to see, my amazingly fab mother surprised me and we hit my favourite street in the capital!

So here is 'Fancy that of London| Part Three'...

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Fancy that of London, Part Two

First things first, its my 100th post of this year, WOOOOO!!! compared to my 23 posts last year, its a great achievement so thank you for reading me waffling on about things haha!

And so we move on with this special post series about my 21st birthday trip to London with part two!
If you haven't read part one, read it here.


House of Parliament, River Thames and some boats
This day was a really fabulous day. From being in the audience of a well known ITV daytime TV show to seeing some of the landmarks at night, it was so much fun! So let us begin!

Here is 'Fancy that of London| Part Two'...

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Fancy that of London, Part One

From the 26-29th October, my lovely mother took me to London for my 21st birthday. For the four days we had in the big old city, we certainly did a lot and I will definitely remember this special trip.

So I thought I would share our adventures on here, where I will show you the things we did, a couple of reviews, a fashion piece and so much more over the course of this post series.

All ready to go
Its not to brag about all the things we did but to show you what you can do if you ever travel to London! So much to do, so little time! There will be five parts in all (one part for each day and a fashion post) so sit back and grab a cuppa!

Here is 'Fancy that of London| Part One'...

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Not another blog update (hahaha)

I know, I know, I only did one of these a couple of months ago but here is another blog update.

As you may or may not, I have changed my blog name about 4 times now (I am just never satisfied and a bit of perfectionist), I haven't felt like they have been a catchy but personal name to have for my platform.

So Cheer Up Buttercup has been chosen now. I love this saying, I use it to make myself and other feel better. Sometimes it doesn't work and some times it does, its just a little something that reminds me that there are plenty of things to smile about in a bad situation. It cheers me up!

Don't worry, the blog content will still be the same but I am also going to include some more posts about things that have affected me, that is happening in the world or something that I am passionate about. I have done a couple of these before (On the topic of... posts and some others) but I think it would be useful for me to express certain emotions that you may feel too.

But yeah, I hope you like my new blog name and I will see you in my next posts!

Until next time

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All photographs are my own!

Sunday, 1 November 2015

21st Birthday, 21 lessons learned

So today is my birthday and I am 21. (God, I am so old now) So here are 21 lessons I have learned in my 7,665 days of living (give or take)!

Throughout there will be photographs of my cute tea party I had today too :)

Here is '21st Birthday, 21 lessons learned'...

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

BOO, it is Halloweeeeeeeeeeen

This is a straight forward post as I am in London (woooo) currently so have done this in advance.


It is Halloween in a couple of days and I am super duper excited! I will be showing you costume ideas, decorations, games and films to do/watch/wear on the spooky day!

So here 'HALLOWEEN 2015| Ideas'...

Sunday, 25 October 2015

10 Years of You Me At Six, Why I love them!

Time flies when you are having a rocking time and clearly this is the case for Surrey born rock band You Me At Six who celebrate their 10th year together today! Crazy, I know! 

A taste of what's to come


Going to tell you guys straight, I utterly love them. They are my favourite band ever.

The first song I listened to was 'Kiss and Tell', taken from their first album Take Off Your Colours and from then, I have been obsessed with them. Buying magazines with them on the front cover or with them in it, having numerous lyrics on my bedroom walls, posters, merchandise, albums, them following me on twitter, replying and 'favouriting' some of my tweets. OBSESSED!

So why do I love Josh Franceschi (singer), Max Helyer (guitarist), Matt Barnes (bassist), Chris Miller (guitarist) and Dan Flint (drummer) so much?
Well, to celebrate this huge milestone they have reached today, here are 6 (get it...) reasons why I love You Me At Six...

Friday, 23 October 2015

This is Halloween, Spider Makeup

Final Halloween makeup look now and it comes in the shape of the eight legged creepy crawlies, spiders. Well a spider's web! Read my two other spooky make up tutorial: cat and witch!
 
I hate spiders but this look is really easy to do and is perfect for the scary day that is coming soon in little over a week (yey)!
 
 
So here is 'This is Halloween| Spider Makeup'...

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

This is Halloween, Cat Makeup

You may or may not have seen my Witch makeup tutorial (read here) and I am back with one that will leave you purring for more! That was a bad pun, I apologise hahah!

Halloween is my favourite time of year so because it is only a couple of weeks away, I always dress up as something! Normally as a witch but who knows this year as this tutorial is super duper cute and easy to do!

This time I will be showing you my cat makeup and an accessory that is purrrrrrfect for the scary day!

So here is 'This is Halloween| Cat Makeup'...

Saturday, 17 October 2015

This is Halloween, Witches makeup

I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Halloween!

It is my favourite time of the year. Forget about Easter, Christmas, birthdays and other special days, Halloween is the best thing ever!!!!!


So in honour of it being only a couple of weeks to the spooky day, I will be showing you my scary witches makeup and my costume! I always dress up as a witch because I really want to be one haha!

So here is 'This is Halloween| Witches makeup'...

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Pimms and Needles Vintage Tea Party

As you may or may not know, in September I joined an independent women's group named Pimms and Needles (read about it here).

I covered their launch event a month ago and well, I couldn't wait for the next meeting of the 70 lovely ladies who also joined up! And, last night was the night for when P&N had their first really meeting.

Look at how many people!!!
The theme... A vintage Tea Party! Perfect for yours truly hahahaha!

Here is my fab night during 'Pimms and Needles Vintage Tea Party'...

Sunday, 11 October 2015

32 reasons why you should love Bradley James

So today marks a very special day for one of my favourite actors. It's Bradley James' 32nd Birthday.

First coming onto our screen in 2007 in ITV's Lewis, Bradley is such a handsome, talented actor and I for one am proud to be his fan.



With the birthday boy (left)
From his breakthrough role as King (Prince) Arthur in my favourite ever TV show Merlin to shows like iZombie, the title role in Damien and to star as a villain in 2016 film Underworld 5, I am going to give you 32 reason why you should love Bradley James...

No7 Middlesbrough Blogger Event

So on Friday night, my uni friend and fellow blogger, Emma, and I went to a special bloggers event held at No7 at Boots Middlesbrough.
 
I for one was definitely going to attend as I use No7 makeup so was interested to find out what the event would bring and what exciting new products they have in time for Christmas- cant believe I have just written that.

Christmas Stand: The idea is that it looks like a dressing table and
all the different products around. Its a great display giving you
plenty of gift ideas for the special days.
So here is my "No7 Bloggers Event"...

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Happy 1st Birthday Hunter

So today marks the day that a little pup was born into the world. My brother's and his girlfriend's pup to be precise, Hunter.



Taken: 7th May 2015
I think they got this cute black cocker spaniel, when he was 3 months (I could be wrong) but ever since I laid my eyes on him, the camera has always been out and I pretty sure he probably hates me for taking so many photos of him but its hard to resist!

However over the past months, I have photographed him growing up and getting even cuter (if that's possible) so here are my favourite photographs I captured in 'Happy 1st Birthday Hunter| Doggy photographs'...
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