Friday, 30 September 2016

Things I love: September Edition

Good evening!

Here are my monthly favourites, enjoy!

What I watched: 

Well it's quite old now...but I've been watching Gossip Girl, yes all the way from season one! I'm on season five now, I'm obsessed. I won't know what to do with myself when it's finished, which will probably be by next week. Every time I watch an episode I begin by thinking, I want their lifestyle, then something goes wrong and I think, oh god no that's awful, and then it ends okay (sometimes) and I go back to wanting to be them. They get jobs or internships so easily it's crazy, and all the amazing parties that never end well, looks like a grand lifestyle that would be pretty cool to live. The main characters are all great, and it's so hard to pick a favourite. It's so silly sometimes but that's why I love it. 

What I snapped: 

My favourite photo's snapped this month... well I had to choose pictures from when I had a little celebration for my 22nd! It was just a small gathering where we played drinking games and danced around like crazy. Good times. 





What I wore: 

I haven't really been out and about to anywhere fancy this month so there isn't anything that looks super dressy, but I am going on a big shopping spree soon so there might be some new stuff talked about in my October monthly loves! But I've been wearing my black bodycon skirt a lot recently, and it just makes me look smart and I'm just really enjoying wearing it. 

What I did: 

I'd say my birthday, of course! I'd been having a bad few weeks and so when it came to my birthday weekend it was really fun and chilled me out. I saw some people I hadn't seen in a while so that was nice, and it was just lovely!


Where I went:

I went to Drayton Manor, with Adam and his parents and I was so excited because I'd never been before, and I love theme parks so much. I used to go Alton Towers every year and I haven't been for a good while, so this was exciting. I forgot how good the rides are at theme parks. They're so fun to visit at Halloween, I'd recommend. 


What I ate and drank:

 My birthday cake was a victoria sponge, and it's my all time favourite type of cake. It taste so nice, and usually I find most cakes quite sickly but this is the best. My favourite drink is this raspberry glitter vodka shot which at first I thought it didn't taste that great, but after trying more of it, it actually taste really good, and it helps you get drunk.. what more could you need? It also looks sooo pretty.


And that summaries my September loves! I hope you enjoyed this little bit of light reading, what are your favourites this month? 

I've been a bit vacant this week, I've been busy sorting my life out and having interviews and such. But I will still always find time for a new blog post! So as always, chat soon!

xx






Thursday, 22 September 2016

Clothing Favourites: Summer Edition

I dream about going on a shopping spree, and when the day comes I'll be so happy. Soon Chloe, soon. But hey, good evening. I hope you all had a great day. 

So Summer is coming to an end, so I decide to do a post on my favourite Summer clothing, crazy. These aren't going to be like the best clothes that were out this season, they are just clothes I own and have probably owned for a while that I have enjoyed wearing this Summer. Lovely, let's begin.


By the way I'm no model so any pictures of me modeling my favourite choices, don't judge. It's also just my phone so yeah. 

Here are my top picks that I've been loving to wear for this season: 

1. My first one is this patterned black and white playsuit. If I remember right, I got this from primark, and it was on sale, or it might not have been but the price was a right bargain! I just love wearing this, I think it looks pretty and it's not too warm when it's really hot and sunny (which is no more...) but I'd just wear tights with it anyway and wear it all year around. It has two buttons at the top, I mean you could undo them and leave it open if you want to show that much cleavage, but I have it buttoned up all the time. Good purchase. 

2. My next pick is another navy bluey playsuit. It doesn't look as pretty but I remember seeing it in a shop (I'm sorry I really can't remember where...) and it was only like £3 I think, and I just thought it looks so comfortable. It's something I'll wear around the house if I know I'm not going out anywhere, or if you just want to chill in the garden. I have been out in it also, and I do think sometimes oh my god do I look like I'm in pj's or something, but to be honest it looks fine as something to wear out and about as well. The picture is awful, I know. 

3. My next chosen piece is this black bodycon skirt which I usually have a vest top or something that can be tucked into it like in this picture. I just think it makes me look quite smart, and well it's something you can wear to work if you have a smart dresscode. I bought these ages and ages ago... but I think I wore it once and then stopped for like 3 years, and recently found them again and also I guess, got the confidence to wear it. It gives you that good body shape as it hugs your body and it's not super short either.I remember I ordered one and got two sent so I don't know whether that was mistake but now I have two the same which is handy! It was from Forever 21. 

4. Next up are these denim shorts. I got these from Forever 21 as well, I've had them for a while now so are slowly getting a bit destroyed from wearing them a lot. They have that ripped look on each side and you can wear them with anything really. 

5. This is a navy dress which I got from Primark for £8 I believe. It's quite casual but you can also wear it going out as well. It's not too long or short, and there's a tie round the back so you can make it tighter around your waist. It also shows off the top half of your back, and the front is covered in cute little patterns.


6. My last pick is something I used to always wear and then recently I got given one as a gift and started wearing them again. But here's two of my cute patterned scarfs I have and you can wear them with pretty much anything really. They're just a nice add on to your outfit of the day. 

So these are my Summer clothing favourites, what have you enjoyed wearing this Summer? I can't believe how quick it's gone! As always, chat soon!

xx

Clothing Favourites: Summer Edition

I dream about going on a shopping spree, and when the day comes I'll be so happy. Soon Chloe, soon. But hey, good evening. I hope you all had a great day. 

So Summer is coming to an end, so I decide to do a post on my favourite Summer clothing, crazy. These aren't going to be like the best clothes that were out this season, they are just clothes I own and have probably owned for a while that I have enjoyed wearing this Summer. Lovely, let's begin.

By the way I'm no model so any pictures of me modeling my favourite choices, don't judge. It's also just my phone so yeah. 

Here are my top picks that I've been loving to wear for this season: 

1. My first one is this patterned black and white playsuit. If I remember right, I got this from primark, and it was on sale, or it might not have been but the price was a right bargain! I just love wearing this, I think it looks pretty and it's not too warm when it's really hot and sunny (which is no more...) but I'd just wear tights with it anyway and wear it all year around. It has two buttons at the top, I mean you could undo them and leave it open if you want to show that much cleavage, but I have it buttoned up all the time. Good purchase. 

2. My next pick is another navy bluey playsuit. It doesn't look as pretty but I remember seeing it in a shop (I'm sorry I really can't remember where...) and it was only like £3 I think, and I just thought it looks so comfortable. It's something I'll wear around the house if I know I'm not going out anywhere, or if you just want to chill in the garden. I have been out in it also, and I do think sometimes oh my god do I look like I'm in pj's or something, but to be honest it looks fine as something to wear out and about as well. The picture is awful, I know. 

3. My next chosen piece is this black bodycon skirt which I usually have a vest top or something that can be tucked into it like in this picture. I just think it makes me look quite smart, and well it's something you can wear to work if you have a smart dresscode. I bought these ages and ages ago... but I think I wore it once and then stopped for like 3 years, and recently found them again and also I guess, got the confidence to wear it. It gives you that good body shape as it hugs your body and it's not super short either.I remember I ordered one and got two sent so I don't know whether that was mistake but now I have two the same which is handy! It was from Forever 21. 

4. Next up are these denim shorts. I got these from Forever 21 as well, I've had them for a while now so are slowly getting a bit destroyed from wearing them a lot. They have that ripped look on each side and you can wear them with anything really. 

5. This is a navy dress which I got from Primark for £8 I believe. It's quite casual but you can also wear it going out as well. It's not too long or short, and there's a tie round the back so you can make it tighter around your waist. It also shows off the top half of your back, and the front is covered in cute little patterns.


6. My last pick is something I used to always wear and then recently I got given one as a gift and started wearing them again. But here's two of my cute patterned scarfs I have and you can wear them with pretty much anything really. They're just a nice add on to your outfit of the day. 

So these are my Summer clothing favourites, what have you enjoyed wearing this Summer? I can't believe how quick it's gone! As always, chat soon!

xx

Friday, 16 September 2016

How to get Adsense on your blog!

Hey guys!

I thought this might be a really helpful post if you're looking to get adsense or you've just started out blogging and are looking at a way of making some money through your blog! It's not something you can get straight away, I applied 3 times and the 3rd time I got it so there's a few things to keep in mind before submitting an application! 

The really good thing about being successful in your application is that they don't take in to count the traffic to your blog. So you don't need to worry about hitting a high amount of readers for your blog to get adsense, although, in order to make money from having adsense, it's a good idea to make sure you do get a fair amount of traffic. 

So firstly the way it works is you put as many ads as you want, in different styles on your blog page and people who go onto your blog and click the links on the ads would then mean you get money. Obviously for just one click it isn't really any money, hence why having a good amount of traffic to your blog will help you out in giving you a bit of money. 

Here are some top tips to make your adsense application accepted!


1. The look of your blog. I'd say a professional look to your blog, so something that's easy to read, no multi-coloured writing for blog posts or a crazy background so that it's hard to see what's going on on your blog. Normally a nice simple layout, usually a white or a pastel background colour, a simple pattern if you want a cool background, and just make it so it's easy to navigate through. 

2. 15-20 posts. I'd make sure you've done at least 15 posts because if you just have one or two and send off an application I guess they can't be sure that you're going to keep going with your blog. As well make sure they are posts that have at least 300+ words, if you just do blog posts with pictures you may be less likely to be selected. 

3. Make sure all the pictures on your blog are your own. So if you have made blog posts where you have just took the images off google then you will need to make sure they are all removed before submitting an application. Also once you have adsense make sure not to use images that aren't you own as you will be banned from adsense. 

4. Having your own domain name. You can apply without and might still get approved but this will give you a bigger chance, I guess they see having your own domain as more professional so it's not something you have to do, but i'd say if you wanted adsense quickly this is a good way to do it. Also it's really cool having your own domain, that's what I think anyway...

5. Adding some important pages. Make sure you have an About me page, Contact page, and also a Privacy Policy page. If you don't know what to write for the privacy policy page then there are plenty of examples online that you can pretty much copy if the person who has written it states you can. 

6. If you have any other ad banners on your blog you will have to get rid of them before applying for google adsense. 

Once you apply you have to receive two success emails. The first one you get will say you've been successful and you can then put some ads onto your blog. However, they will be blank until you get the second email through that says everything is good and you can have them. The first email you usually get really quickly, I think I got my first one in the same day, but the second one took 4-5 days until they confirmed I was successful. I remember the second time I applied for it I received the first success email so I got excited, and then received the second one saying I wasn't successful so don't get too excited until you know for definite haha! 

I hope this helps, when I first started applying for it I felt so annoyed because it was just not being accepted and I was thinking, this is going to take months! But I looked up advice blogs for getting adsense like this one and it helped me out so much. A few weeks later I got approved, so it's quite quick and simple. If you do have any questions about it though, let me know I'll gladly help you out. 

My next post won't be until Tuesday now as it's my birthday on Monday and so I'm having a little birthday weekend as I won't be able to celebrate much on the Monday! But I'm sure I'll do a little post on that, as always, chat soon!

xx         

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

A day out in York

Good Evening!

So last week I had a nice little day out to York, it's a very pretty looking city and full of culture. It's one of them places that you can go to again and again every so often. I'd say if you're looking for a family day out, or a day out with your partner or best friends, just for something to do or a special occasion this is a good place to visit or even stay for the weekend. The whole town has a traditional feel to it, and a lot of the streets and shop fronts all look old and quirky. 

I did several things while there, I actually felt like it was quite a busy day and we fit a lot in. I was completely shattered at the end of the day, I woke up around 5ish as it took over two hours to get there, so it was a early morning and a late evening getting back. I visited a museum, visited a little ruin of a castle, walked around the shops, and visited an art gallery. 

The first place we went to was the York Castle Museum, and if you do ever end up going to York I'd recommend you go here. So you can buy a day ticket for £5 and it's open from 9.30am to 5pm. Inside there's a few exhibitions that you can go see and learn about. I feel like when you're bored and that, museums aren't always one of the first things that pop in your mind, but some museums are completely free, or some aren't that costly and they're always enjoyable. Anyone else love visiting museums? 


There's a 1914 exhibition on the war so you can learn more on that, and as well the way museums set out areas and such, always looks pretty cool. When you first walk through they have a recruitment office and a train that you can sit down on with information of men being sent off to war. Kind of like you yourself are in their shoes and are being sent off to the front lines. This section shows you the new technology, the costumes, and how it generally was being at the front lines. It has the stories of fellow Yorkshire people that experienced this. 


Another section is the Victorian Street... this was my favourite part, it looks amazing. Whenever I see things like this, I kind of wish it still looked like that nowadays, it just looks so much prettier don't you think? 



It shows you what life was like for the rich and the poor, and the cool thing is that all the shops and different places you see there are based on a real York business around that era. Inside the shops as well will have all the goods that you would have seen back then as well. Then there was also an alleyway that portrayed poverty in the Victorian era. It's pretty cool, I have a few pictures of this bit but as I said, one of my favourite parts of the museum. 




Inside there is also an exhibition named, 'Shaping the Body: 400 years of fashion, food and life.' There's some clothes that you can try on there, as you can see here my mum had to try one on... 

But it's pretty interesting to learn about the fashion and how it changed over the years. It's funny to see how society is so different nowadays with ladies fashion and what they saw as the norm for body shapes. 

Another part is the Sixties. This part is pretty cool too... I feel like everything is a little boring nowadays but when you go to exhibitions like this and see what it was like in the past, it just seems so much cooler.. 

So it has a load of iconic objects from that era but a favourite bit of mine was the seeing all the household exhibits where they will have food, clothes, electrical items and toys etc from that era. 

They also had household exhibits from different century's too. 

 



Which then brings me onto the Toy section. They have an exhibit just for loads of toys throughout history (the last 150 years), it's crazy, and it's fun to spot the toys you owned, I saw a fair few toys that I owned or knew about. 




Lastly you can look round York Castle's Prison. You can learn about the history of it, and also you find out about a lot of the prisoners, why they found themselves in there and what happened to them... most of them of course wasn't great but it's very interesting. 

*disclaimer, this isn't a pleasant story*
There is one cell that is pitch black and as you walk in a small light comes on that plays the sound of people coughing and it explains that a small cell like that had 15+ prisoners that were so squished that they were suffocating. It isn't a lovely part of the museum but it is a famous prison so there's plenty to read about down there. 

They also have a database computer where you can search your family history and see if any spent time in this prison. 

It was also pretty dark down there so I didn't take any pictures of this bit, you'll just have to go visit yourself! 

So it's a pretty cool museum and a good place to visit if you find yourself in York! Here's their website if you're interested... http://www.yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk/

Next to it there's Clifford's Castle which is just something that takes ten minutes to walk round as it's now a ruin. There's a fee to look round but it's only £4 unless you are members of English Heritage then you can have a look for free, and as you look around they'll be boards that you can read the history of the castle from. Also the views from the top are pretty special, you can see a lot of York. 



Walking through the town and looking around at all the shops is something relaxing to do. You can also walk down the shortest street which as it suggests is pretty short. It's a very pretty looking place, with quirky shops as well as the shops that are well known. 




Finally the last place we went to was a little art gallery at the end the day, there's a few of them around so you can go to all of them if you wanted to. It's not huge so doesn't take too long to look round, and there's a massive range of art in there so something that everyone will enjoy. 

I hope you enjoyed my post and want to go visit York now? As always, chat soon!

I just loved this card.








xx

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Healthy Snacks, My First Graze Box!

Hey everyone! 

So the other week I received a graze package through the post and I'd heard of them before, people have been so positive about it that I wanted to see what it was all about! I wouldn't say I'm always eating healthy but a lot of the meals I do eat are good healthy meals. 



When I looked up the graze website I signed up and found that at first you get the choice of three boxes for your first one, there was a variety box, a light box and I just can't remember the third one it suggested but other boxes include, dips and dippers box, bakery box, jerky box, chocolate box, flapjack box, protein box, sugar count box, pure box, savoury box, sustain box, aromatic broths box, and popcorn box. Don't they all sound amazing?? There's such a wide variety and even though most are healthy snacks with the odd treats the box I received everything tasted amazing. 

So I chose the variety box as it was my first one and I just wanted a random array of snacks. In my box I received a few bits of paper telling me about my box, and also some cute little envelopes with vouchers inside that you can give to friends or family as it has a code on it so they can get the first and fifth box for free! 



These were the snacks I had in my graze box

Jam Doughnuts: and before you think ooh doughnuts, it wasn't a usual doughnut. But it was loads of different food items that you put together and make a little doughnut, it's pretty cute (kind of like those hamburger sweets you get but not sweets...) So in this little package it had raspberry strings, sponge pieces, raspberry cranberries and almonds. So you'd put them altogether and eat them and it's kind of like a raspberry jam doughnut... I'm guessing that's what they were getting at when they created it. But you can do what I did and just eat them all separately, but it was really tasty. The raspberry strings were amazing, I'd eat these again and again, and if they're healthy snacks what's better than that? Also it says on the packet graze light so I'm guessing this snack will be from the light graze box if you're interested in these snacks.

Sour Cream & Garlic Crostini: I'd say you have to like garlic things to like these... but if you do love garlic then this is great! I am a garlic lover and when I'm cooking I tend to add garlic a lot to meals. (hey at least I'll keep those vampires away...) So these include, sour cream and onion cashews with garlic crostini. I finished these off first out of all the snacks... I told you I liked garlic things. It was so tasty, and these come under graze light as well. 

Original Protein Flapjack: So these are exactly what the title says, flapjacks. These are oat flapjacks with linseeds, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds. I mean there isn't much to explain here, they are just like normal tasting flapjacks, but they do taste delicious. Really good fibre and protein, you get 6 squares and they contain 8 grams of protein, pretty good. You can't go wrong with a good ol' tasty flapjack.


Sesame Garlic Crunch: These are the final little package snack I got in this box, it included, garlic sesame sticks, oat bran sesame sticks and multigrain soy crackers. It's like they knew that I loved garlic... These are also really good, they also have 'new' on this pack and the sour cream & garlic crostini so it must be quite a new snack to try out. These include other snacks that aren't garlic like the oat bran sticks and the soy crackers so if you get tired of eating the garlic you have them also. But these were the snacks that I finished second... so they're pretty tasty. 

These are mostly empty as I have already eaten them..

So in most graze boxes you get 4 types of different snacks but there are some boxes you can get with more but obviously will be a bit more expensive than the 4 snack boxes. The box I received cost £3.99 and I think the popcorn box comes with 6 snacks so that cost £5.99 and the jerky box cost £4.99 as they're meat snacks. But if you want to check out the prices just go check out the website they're all on there www.graze.com/uk/explore

They're definitely worth the price, I mean I know I've only tried one but the one box that I did try the snacks were so good and I'd gladly pay £3.99 for it. The good thing as well is the package size will fit through your letterbox so you don't have to wait around and be in to answer the door. Also if that makes you think oh... do you not get that much then? I think it's the perfect sized snack, the smaller packages inside with the snacks in are filled and there's a lot in there. You can get sharing boxes that are bigger and won't fit through your letterbox so if you get them then you will have to make sure you're in to receive it, but when you order it gives you the day that they post and it will be the same day every time if you continue with a recurring order. 

Also if you rate the snack you receive each time then in the future when your graze box is being created they will take that information so you will always receive favourites and things you like. You can also cancel at any time, and when you first sign up your first box will always be free, so if you want to try it out for absolutely nothing then just go for it, get a free box of healthy snacks and either carry on if you like it or just cancel. 

I hope you enjoyed my post, and if you've always been searching for healthy snacks to eat and you don't know what to buy this is a really good deal. As always, chat soon. 

xx