Reflecting On 2017

Sunday, 31 December 2017



The last day of the year is always known as the "reflection day"; the day where everyone looks back at what they did throughout the year. The day where everyone remembers all the lessons that they learnt, the fallbacks, the surprises, the tears, the laughter and the joy. For me, 2017 was an interesting year in which I learnt a lot about myself and the people that I have surrounded myself with. Would I change a lot about this year? Yes I would but do I regret any of the things I did or said? No, because they made me who I am today.

The year started in my favourite month, the first month, my birthday month of January where I celebrated my birthday. January was also the month that I started to learn more about my fitness journey and where I want to be, I started taking the gym a lot more seriously and thoroughly enjoyed myself. This year it is fair to say that I have embraced my love for the gym even further, I have been able to train a few people (I'm not certified yet) and I have been able to become stronger. Not just in the ability to lift heavier weights or squat lower, but my stamina has improved immensely. Before, I was only able to exercise for roughly 30 minutes but as time went on, I can go up to 1 1/2 hours. 

This year I began to embrace my natural hair more, I finally got it straightened after 2 years of starting my natural hair journey and I am so happy with how much my hair has grown. I tried out new hairstyles and my love for box braids. Not only did I embrace my natural hair, I embraced my love for fashion. I've always felt like my fashion style was always set back because I was always worried about what others may think of my outfits, but honestly, I couldn't care less. I'm slowly adding some more outfits to my collection that I love and are different!

In the many years of my life, there are 3 years that would be one of the most lessons learnt years, I'd have to say that 2017 was a learning year for me. I became stronger, I didn't let the small stupid things get to me, I started to care less. I only focused on positive energies and things that would only bring me happiness. I started to accept that not everyone will love you for who you are, that not everyone has the same heart as you or that not everyone understands. I also started to understand that someone friendships don't work out but that's not entirely my fault but just the way life goes. 


I worked with a couple of brands on my blog which was amazing and I had a lot of fun! I can't wait for more opportunities as the new year comes in. I changed my set up in photos which I loved, I added more props and tried different angles. All I need now is a new camera ;).

Towards the end of the year I had my first photoshoot in a couple of years and I loved it! I can't wait for many many more, it was different and I'm slowly starting to get used to being behind the camera.

My favourite memories in numbers...

8,383 minutes of Spotify 

14 new genres explored 

6,684 likes on Instagram

6 trainers bought this year

My favourite memories....

I went out more, I ate, I drank, I laughed, I squatted more, I had two massages, I danced, I sang, I treated myself, I bought more clothes, I bought trainers, I had another dining experience, I started driving lessons, I became a student, I hugged multiple people, I cried but most important I learnt a LOT. 

Photo Taken by: @ZoeGriffinPhoto

Coat: ASOS (similar here) / Dress: ZARA / Boots: ALDO (similar here)


So cheers to 2017, thank you to everyone that read my blog this year, thank you to all the people I met. And here's to 2018! 

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Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals

Thursday, 23 November 2017



It's one of the best times of the year from many businesses, it's Black Friday where nearly everything is on sale for a certain discount for a weekend! I've always loved Black Friday especially when I find products for a good percentage price, it's fun. So for today's huge blog post, I'm sharing with you all the best deals online with some good products to get deals on. I'll be adding more deals, codes and discounts as the days go by so keep checking! Keep your ad blocker off and you can have fun clicking on all the products!


ASOS
Starting with everyone's favourite, they are celebrating this year with 20% off! CODE: WIN20

MISSGUIDED
Yes, that's right you heard it 50% off everything using the code CYBER50




SELFRIDGES
The beautiful Selfridges are giving us 20% off to shop this weekend using the code SELFCCE


THE BODY SHOP 
40% off everything with the code 19806


PRETTY LITTLE THING
50% off everything and free UK delivery!


TED BAKER
30% off everything!


HOUSE OF FRASER
House of Fraser are having their biggest Black Friday sale ever with up to 40% off and 10% off beauty.



NEW LOOK 
I do have to say that New Look have amazing coats and great quality of shoes, so indulge yourself with 25% off everything at New Look 




THE WHITE COMPANY
One of my favourite home stores around will be offering 20% off  full priced items with the code AS313


TOPSHOP 
Topshop is having a great sale at the moment and there are a few products linked below that are definitely worth the purchase as the discount is great! Up to 50% off on....



URBAN OUTFITTERS
Up to 50% off on...



THE BEST OF THE REST DISCOUNTS:

Gap (online): Up to 40% off full price styles using the code BFGAP

Gap (in stores): Up to 50% off everything.

Debenhams: Up to 30% off in every department 

Revolve: Take up to 50% off sale styles. 

CultBeauty: 15% off £20 spend with the code 15BLACK or 20% off £250 spend with the code 20BLACK

Madewell: Take 25% off everything with the code DONTSTRESS

Boux Avenue: 50% off 

Farfetch: 50% off

Sweaty Betty: 20% off using the code BLACK20

Space NK: Spend £50 or more and get a full size beauty gift

MAC: 10% off using BLACKFRIDAY

Nars: 20% off 

Whistles: 25% off everything

Public Desire: 30% off everything using the code 30CYBER

Sigma Beauty: 30% off plus free worldwide shipping

Superdrug: Save up to 60% 

SSENSE: Up to 50% off everything

Luisaviaroma: Get an extra 20% off sale items using the code BFSUS17

River Island: 20% off when you spend £75 or more.

Schuh: 40% off plus £1 next day delivery!

Zara: 20% off

Coggles: 30% off using the code COG30

Paperchase: 15% off everything online using the code BLACK15

Will you be shopping this Black Friday weekend?
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My Favourite Albums of All Time

Wednesday, 15 November 2017


I've always had an obsession with music for the longest time and no matter what I am doing there is always music involved, whether that is I who is singing or just playing music generally. With that being said there are a few albums that I always find myself listening to from time to time...

1. Take Care by Drake

I feel like everyone knows who Drake is, his song Hotline Bling topped charts literally everywhere! I loved Drake for a very long time and with his multitude of albums there are only two albums that I always find myself playing over and over again. I love all of the songs on this album without fail especially "Doing It Wrong" the lyrics are so good and very relevant. I feel like this was the album that showed his range in music but also his inner thoughts (getting real deep here hahaha).

2. Nothing Was The Same by Drake

I remember that day that this album came out, I wasn't that hyped but then I heard it and I was instantly hooked. Still to this day the songs "Own It" and "Come Thru" would have to be my ultimate favourites but then again I do love "The Motion". Ahhh, see it's hard! I just love this album so much, I love his voice in each song.. I don't know it's just great and worth the listen!

3. Souled Out by Jhene Aiko.

Jhene Aiko is one of those artists that you listen on days that you want to relax and have deep thoughts or even on nights of revision. I love listening to her voice daily and this album has to be one of my favourites albums. I especially love the song Promises with her daughter, I love the lyrics and the value of the song is incredible. Each song on this album is beautiful from Wading to Lyin King. It's a true recommendation.

4. TRAPSOUL by Bryson Tiller

Bryson Tiller is the voice that came to life a few years ago, the famous song "Don't" still has many of us trying to say it at the end of the song (if you know, you know). His album Trapsoul is absolutely amazing! The songs "Right My Wrongs" and "For However Long" would have to be some of my favourites on this album. I love the fact that this album is easy to understand and the title shows that.

5. Thriller by Micheal Jackson

Why not end it with an ultimate classic album?! Michael Jackson, an artist and a great performer. I loved this album especially on days where I am doing a lot of things, I love to weave some of the songs on this album into my playlists. There isn't one song on this album I don't like, I just love listening to his voice on this album!

What are your favourite albums of all time?

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