MAY FAVOURITES

Blah blah, how is it May already, blah blah.


I have actually been trying out a number of new products this month, which never happens with me. I've found so many things I love and that will become permanent features in my life over the past few weeks, so just sit back and enjoy an actually fulfilling favourites post from me. You may not see it again in this lifetime.


First up is a thing that set me back a pretty penny, but it was actually worth it. Last month I invested in a new camera - Olympus Pen E-PL7 - so it only seemed fitting that the month after, I invested in a new lens. But not just any lens. The holy grail 45mm lens. The only teeny tiny, miniscule little issue I'm having with it is that it's not silver. It's black. My camera is white. The perfectionist in me cannot handle having a lens that doesn't match the body, but until Olympus want to add me to their PR list or something along those lines, I'm stuck with it. It doesn't affect the performance at all so it's just me being picky - I fully reviewed the lens AND the camera in a post which you can find HERE

I feel like so many people complained about this months Glossybox, but I actually really loved it. Lots of skincare bits and a coffee scrub. I have been desperate to try out a coffee scrub for such a long time, but just never got around to buying one. Good thing I held off! This one is an avocado and aloe vera scrub by Scrub Love - I was a tad unsure about the smell at first but now I actually really like it and I use it every single time I shower. I shave first, then scrub, and if I decide to go all out and moisturise after I get out of the shower, my skin is like baby fresh out the womb soft. The only bit that really sucks is cleaning the shower afterwards. But it's so worth it.

Winged eyeliner is my worst enemy; I hate it and it appears to hate me too because it never ends up looking nice. Recently I've been trying to practise a lot more, with moderate success, thanks to the best eyeliner I think I've ever used. I prefer pens over any other kind of eyeliners, I find them easiest to hold and manouver. My issue was that I could not find one that stayed black throughout the whole day and didn't smudge across my whole eyelid - enter Soap & Glory's supercat liner. I have tried a fair few from different brands but I always come back to this. It's quite a thick tip, but it's easy enough to draw thin lines as well. Basically, it's perfect and I may never use another eyeliner pen for as long as I live.

I've been testing out a few new skincare bits these past few weeks, with incredible results. I actually wrote a full post on The Body Shop Drops of Light bits I've been trying, which you can find HERE, but I couldn't not include my favourite in my favourites. For obvious reasons. The liquid peel, which I use every few days at night time, has completely changed my skin and I'll never look back now. Check out the post for the full details, but basically my skin feels as though it's been completely resurfaced and makeup looks a billion times better than it used to. A real holy grail product.

A brand I used to always see but never tried was Kiehls. I've heard so many people rave about it and it wasn't until recently that I understood why. I found a little Kiehls section in the duty free at the airport and because I can't seem to stop spending money, I bought things. I'm working on a post on the products I got so I won't go into too much detail but the Ultra Facial Cream has pretty much fixed the dry patch I've had on my nose since forever. You only need a tiny bit to cover your whole face and it's the best moisturiser I've ever used, so it's 100% worth the money.

So there we have it, an actually satisfactory favourites post! I think both myself and my blog feel better because of the content that I've gotten out of spending all my money. So it wasn't all for nothing.

What have you been loving this month?


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1 YEAR RETURN TO BLOGGING



I wish I could do just the '1 Year of Blogging' title bit but if you go look at my archive, you'll see that this blog has been up since 2014. 3 whole years. Kinda...I started this blog back in 2014, posted twice, then left it. Posted twice again in 2015, and again, lost interest. It wasn't until May 27th 2016 that I got my full mojo back and I've been blogging pretty much non stop since. I've had a few wobbly bits but out of all my attempts to start a blog, this has definitely been the most successful.

 A photo from my first post - May Favourites.

In the past year I've worked with several brands - I have been taken advantage of by a few but I think that comes with being a newbie blogger and not really knowing how to deal with brand collaborations. I did write a post on what I've learn from that though (cheeky little plug, don't mind me) which you can find HERE - I hope it helps some other people with the tricky topic of brand collabs.


The thing that sticks out most to me throughout my time as a blogger is the people I've met and made friends with since starting. The first was MARIA, who inspired me to start a blog and has been the best help with any of my technical related problems. I met her a few weeks ago and it was really weird to meet an internet friend in real life, but it was also super cool and she looks exactly like her pictures (which was the first thing I said to her).

 A photo from my day with Maria - taken by the woman herself.

Another person that stands out massively to me is KATIE. I hadn't really had a full conversation with her until a few weeks ago when we were added to the same Whatsapp group chat (will several other amazing ladies) but her name would always pop up on my Twitter. Katie has been so supportive and I probably couldn't have coped over the last few weeks without her - she is my rock and I have nothing but infinite amounts of love for her.




There are so many more people that I want to mention, but I don't want this to turn into a 'look at THIS blogger' kind of post. The people that have made a difference to my blogging life and who I consider my friends should know who they are, I hope. But if you don't, I'll link everyone down the bottom. Because I want you to know that you have helped me and I appreciate you.

 CATHY, ME, SARE and ALICIA at the Blogosphere Christmas event

I've been to one event, which I travelled all the way down to London for. If that's not dedication, I don't know what is. I wrote about the post HERE and I stand by what I said, a Blogosphere event was the perfect first event to attend. Everyone was so lovely and I'm desperate to attend more events, but it just isn't feasible for me to travel down to London all the time.

In my next year, I really want to up my game. I'm finally getting into a blogging schedule that I hope I can continue to maintain; I've never really had a schedule and sticking to it is fun for the moment, but I have no doubt that it'll get incredibly stressful as I get busier. I want to continue to grow my audience and produce content that I love. I've never been in a better place in terms of my blog, I'm loving what I'm producing and I want to keep going forever. 

Thank you to everyone who has read my blog and supported me over the past year. I am forever grateful for the opportunities I've had and the amazing people I've met. The friends I've made are what makes blogging so important to me - you all know who you are.

When did you start your blog?


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 As promised, here are the people that weren't mentioned above. If I don't mention you and you're like "why am I not on this list?" don't worry, I'm forgetful.  

Funniest blog you will ever read, she's a little ray of sunshine that brightens my day.

The most hard-working girl ever - also the kindest. Always willing to help, no matter what.

The first time I've felt really part of the community. Amazing group of females that work tirelessly day and night; ultimate respect for them.

One of my oldest blogging friends, such a genuine little princess who inspired my hair chop.

I dont think I've ever known anyone to be so determined and hard working. Amazing photos and an even more amazing personality.

WHATSAPP GIRLS
JESS, LAURA, LAUREN, KATIE, STACE, BETTIE & MELISSA
I now consider them some of my closest friends. They're always there for me, they make me laugh and I love them all with my whole heart.

Jealous of her teeth, and her whole face. Extremely sweet and I must meet her at the next possible moment.

The most love for this little chick, she has such a big heart and I'm honoured to call her a friend.

Best accent in the world. She just exudes happiness and positivity and she is a presence I have always needed.

xxxx

DRUGSTORE DOUBLE WEAR DUPE

Hello and welcome to a new little series I am hopefully going to be starting.

As someone who is not at all very good with money, I'm always on the hunt for drugstore alternatives to my favourite high end products. Foundations have always been a tricky area for me, my skin is predominantly oily but doesn't like it if I use foundations for oily skin on it. I dunno what it's doing either. 

A foundation that's very well loved within the general female community is Estee Lauder's Double Wear - and for good reason. This gives me coverage like nothing else does, it's my number one go-to on tricky skin days and it's one of the only foundations I've found that doesn't completely disperse on my face and end up looking like trash after a few hours of wear. It would be the perfect foundation - if it weren't £30. I'm incredibly reluctant to wear a nice, expensive foundation to somewhere as tedious as work so I've been on the hunt for one that performs almost as well but for a fraction of the price. 

A relatively popular dupe for Double Wear is Revlon's Colorstay foundation. I've tried both formulas (oily/combination and dry/normal) and can now conclude that this is as close as I will get to Double Wear perfection. Of course, being the idiot that I am, I bought these in 2 different shades so I can actually only wear the dry/normal formula unless I want to look like I have a face that hasn't seen sunlight since 2008. It all worked out for the best though because this is the formula that, surprisingly, works best with my skin.

Just like with Double Wear, I apply it with a damp beauty blender and use an LA Girl translucent powder to set it. The coverage with Colorstay is almost just as good once I've concealed any spots - it's slightly lighter but definitely buildable. The staying power is definitely on par for me, like with every foundation, the oiliness on my chin starts to show through after a few hours but it never just falls off my face like other foundations have. Plus, it's only £13 which is better than half the price of Double Wear. 


The shade range is also very diverse for a drugstore foundation, usually you find they only have 6 or 7 shades and don't accomodate for dark or light skintones at all but as with Double Wear, they have a number of shades available for all skin tones. The packaging for Double Wear is admittedly much nicer than that of Colorstay - the frosted glass bottle and gold lip made it a bloggers dream to photograph. You can tell Colorstay is a drugstore foundation, it just has that kind of look about it. But Colorstay has a pump! Which is more than I can say about Double Wear. I always always always pour out way too much Double Wear and it makes my heart cry every time.

I'm fairly chuffed that I've now found a decent foundation, meaning I don't have to waste any more Double Wear on unimportant events like work and lazing around the house and my bank balance feels a little happier when I do my makeup. If you're considering a dupe for Double Wear I would highly recommend you try out Revlon Colorstay - it's perfectly suited to my needs and you never know, it might suit yours too.

What's your favourite foundation?

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HOW THE BODY SHOP FIXED MY LIFELONG SKIN PROBLEMS

I think I've complained about my skin way too much on this blog, so I should probably spare you the details. But am I going to? No. 

For as long as I can remember, my skin has been a hot mess. I had pretty bad acne back when I was in high school and I've just never fully recovered from it; it's always been uneven with tons of red marks and it just seems like it always looks dull. Makeup didn't start looking nice on my skin up until last year, when I discovered the wonderful world of blogging and actually started investing a little more in skincare. I've been trying out a few new things recently so I thought I'd start off with some real lifechanging products - The Body Shop's Drops of Light range.


New Drops of Light™ helps to brighten your skin, smooth the complexion and leave your skin tone even. It’s a bright new day for more healthy, luminous looking skin.

I noticed quite a few people on my Facebook talking about how amazing the Liquid Peel was, and there was an offer on at the time so I pretty much had to buy it. It's an essential. It's a bit on the pricier side at £18 but it's such an amazing product that I would probably pay double that for it. Their website claims you'll see results from the first use, which is absolutely true.

Basically, you put a few pumps in your hand, rub it together, then apply to your face starting from the forehead. I go in circular motions around my whole face and you should start to feel little lumps forming - that is the dead skin being removed from your face. Kinda disgusting, but also kinda amazing. The feeling of your skin afterwards is surreal, I don't think I've ever felt skin so soft in my life. The resurfacing nature of the peel also means your skin looks radiant and red marks are visibly reduced! It pretty much solves all my problems AND it suits all skin types.

I've also been trying out the cleansing foam, which is a bit cheaper at £12, which I'm a bit unsure of. I think it's definitely made a difference to my skin, but I don't know if it's right for my skin type. Since it's a foaming wash and I have oily skin, it leaves it feeling really dry and tight. I'm not sure if this is normal, and it's a bit gutting because I am noticing a difference from using this but I feel it may be suited for dry skin.

I love the packaging of these, it's totally blogger Instagram worthy and I could photograph them all day. A little bit goes a long way with both of these - you only need a pea sized amount of the cleanser and a pump or two of the peel. They should last you a long time so it helps make the price tag a bit less painful.

If you were to go out tomorrow and buy one product to help your skin, it would have to be the liquid peel. It's such an unusual product that doesn't even compare to other liquid exfoliants (Pixi, Alpha-H) because you actually see and feel the difference and the dead skin.

What are your favourite Body Shop products?

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THE BEST WAYS TO GROW YOUR FOLLOWING ORGANICALLY

I think buying followers will earn you an automatic removal from the community of well-respected bloggers - as someone who works tirelessly to grow my Twitter, blog and Instagram following, seeing someone take a massive shortcut is a bit of a slap in the face. It's impossible to hide as well, especially on Instagram. If you have over 10k followers but are only getting about 200 likes on your photos, that doesn't really add up does it? I'm sure there's ways of checking for fake followers on Twitter too. So don't even try, you will be found out.


Anyway, back to the point of the post. My Twitter following has grown by about 5,000 since starting my blog, so I thought I'd share some of the ways I find most effective in growing an organic following. 

DISCLAIMER: your follower numbers do not define your worth. Just pretty please don't buy them.

UTILISE BLOG SCHEDULING APPS & TAG RETWEET ACCOUNTS

If you don't get your name out there, how will people find you? Thanks to Twitter's updates, you can now see a few tweets that people you follow have liked, not just retweeted, meaning you're finding more and more people with similar interests to you every time you open the app. Using apps like Buffer and Hootsuite means you can tweet at any time of the day, it's one of the most useful apps for when you can't access your phone because you're working or travelling. 

Retweet accounts such as @GRLPOWRCHAT or @FemaleBloggerRT are out there to help you promote your tweets the best you can. These accounts have large followings and when they RT your tweets, they're seen by a substantial amount of people who are interested in blogging and will hopefully therefore follow you! You'll also start seeing a massive change in your pageviews once you start scheduling.


CONNECT WITH OTHER BLOGGERS

Arguably one of the most important things about being a blogger is connecting with fellow bloggers. Not only do they become a friend, they also become a blog help guru that you can turn to with any HTML related nightmare. Interacting with a number of different bloggers helps your name pop up on different peoples Twitter timelines and if you're friendly enough, some other people might drop you a wee follow as well.

The best way to get to know other bloggers is definitely through Twitter chats. I don't take part in them as regularly anymore but they're hugely popular and there are so many of them that you could probably sit in every night for hours just chatting to other bloggers about a number of topics. Hosting them is also a perfect way to gain more followers,  you're the ring leader and after the chat you may find you've gained anywhere up to 20 followers. Fire a few DMs to chat accounts and see if they'll give you an opportunity!


POST REGULARLY

This one applies to both Twitter and Instagram, the more you post, the more you're known. I've found that on Instagram, if you post everyday it's slightly easier to gain followers. By posting twice a day my following grew by about 20 in a week, which I think is quite big for Instagram. I have not yet lost these followers, so it seems they may be genuine! I might be speaking to soon though. They'll probably drop right back down tomorrow. 

With Twitter, it's also important to make sure you stay active, not just scheduling tweets promoting your blog posts, but also more personal, funny tweets. A lot of people call me #relateable (which I actually said in an interview for a job I didn't get...ahem) so it's essential that your Twitter feed isn't just a hoard of robotic, promotional tweets. You have to show people that you can be funny too.


So there you go! I hope some of you find these tips even just a little bit useful. If you want to drop me a follow on Twitter or Instagram (links below) I will always follow back!

What's your favourite social media site?

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HOW I STAY MOTIVATED TO EXERCISE


 
Just let me start off by saying that I am probably the least active person you will ever meet. I just don't move. I'm more than happy to just sit in my bed and watch TV or blog for hours on end, and then wonder why the muscles in my legs seem to have stopped working. That said, for the past few weeks I have actually managed to maintain regular exercise and actually enjoy it, which is a foreign concept to me. I never thought I would actually be able to keep up being fit and active but now that I am almost a fully fledged 'gym bunny', I thought I'd share some of the ways that I keep myself motivated and what makes exercising easier for me.

1. HAVE A GYM BUDDY

This is probably the thing that has kept me the most motivated - when you go to the gym with someone, you're basically tied into the commitment unless you want to lose your friend and never have those golden goddess abs. I have been going 5 days a week for most weeks since joining the gym, and if I didn't have my friend nagging me to get out of bed early I almost definitely wouldn't go as much. Having someone with you who is just as lazy as you are is one of the biggest motivators; you're both hating it, but you're both there.


2. RESEARCH THE PERKS OF YOUR GYM

I will admit I did not do any research prior to joining the gym. It was more like "hey, do you wanna join the gym?" "Yeah, okay" and then we did. We didn't realise how amazing the perks were until we actually got there and then it was like oh my god I love it here I am going to be here all the time. We do have to pay a fair bit for the membership but all the extras are amazing - we get free use of the sauna and steam room, the gym is 24 hour and we always have access, and we get a free nutrition plan as well as attending any classes we want for free. Ballin'.

3. HAVE A GYM PLAN

In addition to all the things I just mentioned, we are also entitled to a free workout plan with our membership, which will get updated every 4 weeks. I used to go to the gym years ago but I stopped because I pretty much had no idea what I was doing, I would just run on the treadmill, do some pathetic weights and leave. Definitely not worth the money I was paying to go to the gym. With the plan we have, I know exactly what I'm doing and how much I should be lifting. It definitely helps knowing I'm actually getting my moneys worth and doing exercises that will be beneficial to me.


4. INVEST IN NICE GYMWEAR

So whilst I have got nice gym clothes, you couldn't really say I invested in them because they're just from Primark. I pay so much for the membership that I can't actually afford the fancy gym clothes to wear to the gym. It doesn't bother me, it does the same job as more expensive gym wear and I look just as good. I think feeling good at the gym is really important, people will slate girls for wearing makeup to gym or whatever, but if it makes you comfortable and less self conscious, then go for it. I only wear makeup there if I'm going straight from work but for ages I was too self conscious to even step foot in a gym. If looking good helps you get there, then do it. 

5.  TRACK YOUR PROGRESS

I've only been going for a short while but I'm already starting to see a difference in my body and my strength. If you note these progresses, even through photos, it almost starts the exercise addiction. When you start to see results, you'll never want to stop. It's taken me a few weeks, but I can finally chest press 9kg without wanting to be sick or needing to stop after 5. I'm also noticing a difference in my middle, it's more defined and I look ever so slightly leaner. My bum also looks rounder, and now I'm completely obsessed with working harder and getting results quicker. Just you wait, next week I will have a full 6 pack and a massive bum. Well, massive-er.


So here I am, a self confessed bed lover, actually getting up and going to gym and enjoying it. If last year you told me I'd be paying £40 a month to go to the gym every day, I would've 100% laughed in your face. Don't you know me?!

How do you stay motivated to exercise?

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OLYMPUS PEN E-PL7 | REVIEW


So if you follow me on twitter or instagram, you'll know I recently changed from my beloved Canon 600d to the Olympus Pen E-PL7! I've been admiring the Pen for months and months, so when I found it at a reduced price, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to nab it. I think the Pen is almost every bloggers dream camera, and for good reason.

QUALITY OF IMAGES

The quality of the images that the Pen takes is completely insane, I honestly think it's so much better than my Canon. Each picture is sharp and clear, you can read writing so well and if you crop or edit photos, the quality is minimally affected. You can zoom all the way in and still see every single detal almost as if it was right in front of you. MAD. 


FEATURES

There aren't as many features on the Pen as there were on the Canon, but I found them all way too overwhelming and usually just kept all the settings the same anyway so having less options is something I've found a lot easier. You have the automatic settings, where it sets the shutter speed and aperture itself, then you can set the shutter speed and aperture separately and also together, you can film, create a collage on the camera itself, set the scene mode and the camera would set the settings automatically, you can apply creative effects, and full auto mode which sets the scene mode and everything else. Phew. Sounds like a lot, but it's a lot more managable than the Canon settings!


There is also a wifi feature, which is one of the things that made this camera even more attractive to me. With the Canon, I would have to put the memory card into my laptop and go through a whole load of hassle to transfer them, edit them, then transfer them back. This also meant that if I went on holiday anywhere, I wouldn't be able to access my photos until I got home unless I had my laptop. Now, I just press a few buttons and I have my photos right there on my phone. The wifi feature also comes with a remote control feature, so I can use my phone to see what the camera is seeing, and take the photo that way, if that makes sense. Comes in handy for a whole lot of things!

The screen flips out down and out on the Pen, but one thing that's quite annoying is it doesn't turn round or flip out sideways. With the Canon, the screen flipped out and round so I could hide the screen when I had to transport it anywhere. I'm always worried that the screen on my E-PL7 will get scratched.


FOCUS OPTIONS

I was a bit taken aback at the lack of viewfinder but it turns out it's actually not a massive issue. The focus is slightly different compared to the Canon, you press the left button on the keypad and it displays a grid which you then use to move the focus to whichever point you need. Alternatively, you can use the touch screen to focus, which is SO COOL. I keep trying to encourage my boyfriend to use the touch screen option because he hasn't quite gotten the hang of the button focus and my outfit photos are mostly out of focus. But of course, I'm extremely appreciative that he's even willing to take my photos. If he wasn't, I'd be ruined.


EASE OF USE

I am a complete photography novice and I actually find this really easy to use. I'm not really one for instructions, I tend to just work things out as I go, and I've picked up most of the features on this relatively quickly. It took me a little while to realise that the second twisty dial can be used to alter the aperture/shutter speed and Maria had to tell me that the screen actually lifts all the way out but I think that's it.  


EXAMPLE PHOTOS

The following photos are all unedited photos taken with my 45mm f1.8 Olympus lens, so you can see for yourself how good the quality of the photos is.

 

The following 2 photos are edited with ColorStory, just to show that the quality of the photos remains after editing.



WORTH THE MONEY

I purchased my camera from eBay so it only cost me about £350, which included the 14-42mm pancake lens, but I then bought the 45mm lens which set me back £199. The camera usually retails at about £400/£500 so I'm pretty chuffed that I managed to find such a good deal, considering it was in perfect condition, in the box, as if it were brand new (for all I know, it could be). Given the quality of the images and the insane range of features, I find it to be definitely worth the money. The lightweight feel and wifi options mean it's easy to take anywhere, and the effect achieved with the 45mm lens is unlike any other.


I would 100% recommend this camera over a Canon camera anyday. But the Olympus suits my needs more than my Canon did, so it just depends what you're after. I would definitely encourage anyone sitting on the fence about this camera to just go for it, it will change your life.

Have you ever tried the Olympus Pen?

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BLOGGERS DAY OUT

I couldn't go to London and not meet up with at least one of the 7 million bloggers that live there, the photo opportunity was too good to resist. The person that actually inspired me to start blogging and continues to be my guru when I need help with coding or URLs (bane of my life) is Maria, who I met up with for brunch and a little photoshoot last week.

There's always the fear when you meet someone for the first time that you just wont get on, there will be too many awkward silences and you just wont have anything to talk about. Thankfully, it wasn't like this with Maria at all - she could probably just talk non stop forever if she had the chance.

We went to a little place in Marylebone called Daylesford, which took us longer to find than it probably should've. I had a pot of tea and some pancakes with honey and 'seasonal fruit'. I'm not sure what kind of fruit was on top of my pancakes but if anyone would like to hazard a guess, go ahead. It was not very nice.

In true blogger style, we went on the hunt for those perfect white houses for outfit photos. I was a bit too excited about this because all my outfit photo backdrops are just nature, I'm not quite brave enough to stand on a busy street in Edinburgh and have photos taken. Holland Park was pretty much a bloggers dream destination for outfit photos, the street we found was nice and quiet and very white and backdrop-y.

I had the chance to play around a little with Maria's E-PL8 and see how it compared to my E-PL7 and there is virtually no difference. It's a slightly sleeker model in terms of its appearance but the funcionality and performance is pretty much the same. I'm in love with the quality of the Olympus Pen's, it's hardly comparable to my Canon.



It was quite daunting for me to stand on a street and pose for photos - I'm not quite down with the posing yet and I've always been way too conscious of the other people around. If anyone has any tips on how to actually pose for outfit photos and make it look natural, please share. There are too many tragic outtakes of me looking insanely awkward or doing something stupid like flashing my stomach.

I wish I could be in London permanently, I had the best few days exploring and photographing cool things. If everyday could be like my day with Maria, that would be amazing. I have to go back to work very soon and the holiday blues are currently hitting me very, very hard.

Meeting Maria was so beneficial for me; discussing the opportunities and goals she's achieved with her blog definitely motivated me to work so much harder on improving my content, photography and brand. I am inspired by how hard she works and everything she's achieved has been through her determination; she's completely genuine and lovely and completely deserving of all the successes she's had so far. I have no doubt that her and her blog will go on to achieve some pretty amazing things, and I can't wait to see what they are.

TOP & CHOKER - PULL & BEAR
BRALET - TOPSHOP
JEANS - NEW LOOK
BOOTS - PRIMARK (OLD)
JACKET - DOROTHY PERKINS (OLD)


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LONDON ZOO

On the Tuesday we headed to London Zoo, which is probably the day I was most excited about and it remains my favourite day of the trip. We had planned some other things that day but it turns out the zoo took so long that we just went home with very tired feet and very full memory cards.

I'll start with my favourite part of the whole zoo - these little monkeys (I can't remember the actual name). It was a walk through exhibition and they were all over the place, I got so many amazing photos but I don't want to bore you with those. I actually got told off for being too close to them in the above photo, turns out they bite...Oops.

Another favourite of mine was the Reptile House (featured in Harry Potter!!!!), where I got the best photos I have possibly ever taken. I think I just got lucky with the animals being at the front of their cages and keeping an eye on what was going on around them.

It's actually a little scary how many photos I got of reptiles staring me dead in the face.


I've always been fascinated by big cats - I find them so graceful and beautiful. We only spent a few minutes at the tiger enclosure because it was mobbed with small children that kept shouting. But then the big lion boy went crazy and started roaring all over the place, which was the best thing I've ever heard. I never thought I'd hear a lion roar in real life, don't give up on your dreams kids.

I must admit, I am actually a bit afraid of butterflies. The butterfly walk-through was a little bit terrifying but I braved it and I actually got some really nice photos of some beautiful little butterflies. One of them, which had holes in its wings and struggled to fly, ended up landing on my boyfriend and climbing up his leg. I admire him for staying so calm, if one landed on my I probably definitely would've freaked out a lot.
My boyfriend fully freaked out when he saw the giraffes - they're his favourite animals ever. We really lucked out with the giraffes because when we went into their little inside house, 2 of them were just walking and chilling and doing giraffe stuff. We both got insane photos but this one is hands-down my favourite because he/she looks like they're smiling at us. It was quite surreal being so close to them. Although not that close because 45mm lens. If you know, you know.

I over-estimated how cold it would be and wore my thick fur jacket out, mainly because I wore a thin jacket the day before and almost froze. As you can see, I pretty much didn't wear the jacket because it got warm. Oh well, better too warm than too cold.

 
My jacket is from New Look (winter collection, obviously) and my top and jeans are both from Primark. The choker is from Pull & Bear, and I can't seem to stop wearing it.

Have you ever been to London Zoo?

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