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Saturday, 22 August 2015


A couple of weeks ago I was scrolling past endless rants and adorable-but-slightly-weird baby photos on Facebook when I came across an article on The Huffington Post that made me sit up and take notice. The title read "Yes I'm Pretty and I'm Travelling Alone" followed by a listed article detailing Alyssa Ramos' solo travels. Whilst the article was mainly written to point out that yes, it is possible to be pretty and travel using money from actual work (not prostitution/sugar daddies/sponsors), it opened up so many doors in my mind. 

I've always loved the idea of travelling and this year, my trips to Egypt and Italy left me with a stronger urge to travel than I have ever felt. My problem is that I have nobody to travel with. Time/money/effort is always an issue with those around me, so I've always felt rooted in my hometown, unable to explore the edges of the world that I really want to explore. Sure, I've visited my fair share of foreign countries but family holidays haven't even scratched the surface of the places I want to see. So when I stumbled upon Alyssa's Huff Post article, I became inspired, excited and a little bit scared about what this could mean for my future. 

"I travel alone because I can; I don't really like waiting around for other people to go with me." - Alyysa Ramos

I'll admit, travelling alone never really entered my psyche. Personal safety and lack of confidence in this country - never mind a foreign one - are massive alarm bells for me, but then I think of all the positives. Being able to do whatever I want without taking into account somebody else's plans, complete freedom and all of the confidence and independence I will gain along the way. So I added Alyssa's blog My Life's A Movie to my favourites and began reading. Very quickly, I fell in love with Alyssa, her outlook on life and most importantly, travelling. Her blog showcases the best places to travel, tips and tricks for travelling alone and insights into her life at home in LA. 

So now that my love affair with travelling has begun, it's just a matter of making plans and setting the wheels in motion. I have so many ideas and goals and I can't wait to take you along on my journey. 
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As the Summer months fade away and the colder days and darker nights start to make an appearance, I can't help but reach for fuzzy blankets and scented candles to make the transition into fall that much smoother. I've got to admit, Fall and Winter are my favourite seasons. There's just something about the darker, colder months that makes my soul happy and I long for bonfire night and Christmas more than you could imagine. 

During Fall and Winter, there's nothing better than snuggling up with a warm drink under a freshly cleaned duvet with a good book. To get me in the mood for the colder nights, I've been obsessed with flavoured coffees at the moment. But there's one brand in particular that I've been loving because their Hazelnut flavour coffee is like the ultimate hug in a mug and their other flavours are just as heavenly. Beanies Flavour Co. offer a range of coffees in gorgeous flavours and I can't wait to try more. 

Currently, I've only tried the 'Nutty Hazelnut', the 'Very Vanilla' and the 'Double Chocolate' flavours, but they have already taken over my usual brand of coffee for my everyday beverage. I love all three of these equally, as they deliver the kick of a cup of coffee, with a strong flavour to add an additional comfort factor. When it comes to plain, unflavoured coffee, I prefer it sweet and black but these variations taste better with a splash of milk as it just gives them a creamier, more comforting taste that is perfect for cold weather. Next on my list to try is the 'Chocolate Orange', 'Winter Warmer' and 'Mint Chocolate' - which flavour would you pick?
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Sunday, 31 May 2015


So up until the beginning of this year, I never really considered myself a busy person. If I'm being completely honest with myself, I used to do the bare minimum to get along, whether it was work-related or uni-related, I wasn't a fan of working hard. 2015 came along and something just changed. I took on many projects and organised myself so that I knew exactly what I needed to do and now a typical day for me consists of around 13-17 hours of work and I often work six or seven days a week. When people learn that I've got a full-time job, doing a degree at University, run a blog and a youtube channel, do freelance copywriting as well as own, manage and edit an online magazine I frequently get asked how I manage to get everything done. 

1) Prioritise
When you're managing different projects, you need to prioritise which are most important to you. So for me, my full-time job is my number 1 priority as that's how I make the majority of my income. Secondly, my degree takes priority as I'm almost finished and education is very important to me. Everything else is ordered according to the importance so I know how much of my time to dedicate to each project. 

2) Learn time management
Managing so many projects means your time management must be on point. After you've worked out your priorities, time management will become easier. You'll know which projects you need to spend more time on and deciding how much time per day/per week you can spend on each will help you in the long run. Remember, it's not set in stone. If you decide you need to spend more/less time on something, you can always change it later. 

3) Become a master of lists
I use a life planner and two notebooks to plan everything I need. My planner contains dated daily pages and weekly view plans as well as monthly view plans that help me plan out deadlines and editorial schedules. These also help me work out how much time I need to be spending on each project. I then use two notebooks to plan out my to-do lists, as well as lists of books I need to review, posts I need to write and people I need to contact. My lists are endless and having them all in one place is the perfect way to make sure I get everything done. 

4) Use Evernote
When I decided to get Evernote, it was the best decision I ever made. I have the free version, although there is one you can buy - I'm not at the stage where I need to make a purchase yet. I have Evernote on my laptop, iPad and iPhone and it contains everything I may need wherever I am. So along with my physical notebooks that contain my lists, I also have some lists on Evernote, such as contact details of the contributors of my magazine. I also keep all of my passwords and account details on Evernote so if I'm ever out and about and need to access it, it's right there. 

5) Remember it can be hard, but it will be worth it
Whilst I used to be a bit of a slacker, I now thrive on being so busy. I spend a lot of time fantasising about the way I hope my life will be and I believe on manifesting your own dreams so long days and hard work doesn't scare me anymore because I know it will all be worth it. 
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Saturday, 11 April 2015


For a while, I've been toying with the idea of starting a book-related business and with thousands of options out there, I decided to settle on an online magazine focused on all things YA. After many hours of writing, designing and social media marketing, YA Love was born. We aim to be an online platform for all your YA needs: articles, reviews, news, short stories and giveaways. The website won't just be about books though, it's book-focused, but also has plenty of sections for TV and movie lovers too. 

If you know somebody who may be interested in YA Love then send them over to www.yalovemag.com - I would really appreciate it! We have a wide range of contributors who are producing interesting content on so many different things and we're hoping to expand our team so if you're a writer looking to build your portfolio - contact me at admin@yalovemag.com. 

I'm really excited about YA Love and have spent a lot of time, effort (and money) in making it exactly the way I want it to be. I hope all of you enjoy it as much as I do!
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Saturday, 4 April 2015


I've always been a fairly organised person. I keep several hard-copy diaries and numerous digital calendars to keep track of all my different projects but it's sort of basic planning and I find it hard to keep up with so many different things. The other day, I was researching reviews of the Phillip Lim Pashli satchel on Youtube and I stumbled across Alexis aka MissTrechcoat's channel. Fast forward a few days and several hours of Youtube time, and I've just spent a ridiculous amount of money on a new planner and gorgeous accessories to go inside it. Who knew there was a whole community out there of people who love to create gorgeous planners?! I'm now obsessed and wanted to share some of my favourite planner accounts with you. 

Of course, as I mentioned above there is the amazing Alexis who not only does planner videos on Youtube, but makes content on how to be an entrepreneur, how to plan better and make the most use of your time. She also has her own shop where she sells planner-based things, she is a consultant for online businesses and is just an overall inspiration to me. 

Another new find for me is Alexa Golden - a Youtuber who does a range of videos from planner organisation to fashion and lifestyle. Her videos aren't as productivity-orientated as Alexis' are, but they're so fun to watch! 

Paper & Glam is quickly becoming one of my favourites, with videos about planning AND books - it's perfect for me. Her signature videos are bright, fun and generally gorgeous. If you aren't already subscribed to Lisa Marie, you should be. 

So I've been loving getting a ton of inspiration for my own planner whilst I'm waiting for mine to arrive. Do you have any favourite planner accounts? If you love to plan - what advice and tips would you give to a newbie like me?
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