Blogger Recognition Award

So I’ve been nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award! This is the second blog award that I’ve received and it makes me so happy to know that people read and support my little blog. I was nominated by the lovely Dreaming of Living, so also be sure to go and check out her blog! I love the idea of these awards, because it means that I connect to, and discover, new bloggers and their own individual content.

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So here are the rules of the tag:

  1. Write a post to show your award
  2. Acknowledge the blogger that nominated you
  3. Give a brief story about why you started blogging
  4. Give two pieces of advice for new bloggers
  5. Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award

Why I started blogging:

I started blogging for two main reasons. The first was because I’ve always loved writing. It’s a way for me to express my own ideas and try and make sense of what’s in my brain! I loved the idea of having my own little corner of the internet where I can just be myself. The second was because I’ve always wanted to inspire people. I’ve been inspired by so many amazing people out there and I’ve always wanted to do the same for others. So that’s why my posts are sometimes a little different. I don’t just post about the latest beauty and lifestyle trends; I also try to write about my views on this world in a way that will inspire others.

And I’m so happy that I did start blogging, because I really do love creating my own posts, connecting with other bloggers and being a part of the amazing blogospehere 🙂


My advice for new bloggers:

  1. Only ever post what you want to post. Because, of course we want to gain readers for our blog, but the best posts are ones that are written from the heart and with passion behind them. Your blog is for you; it’s your own little corner of the internet where you can write what you want when you want. So never feel like you have to write something, just because every other blogger is, or because somebody else tells you to.
  2. If you’re not a full-time blogger, don’t feel forced into setting a time and a date each week when you have to post. Of course this is more consistent and somewhat professional but, with other commitments, it can put so much more pressure on you and sometimes take the fun out of blogging. I started off doing this for that reason, but I found myself sometimes uploading posts that I wasn’t 100% happy with just so that I had content, which obviously demotivated me. So only ever post something you honestly believe in and don’t put extra pressure on yourself!

    My nominations:


Thank you again for the nomination and for everyone’s support with Little Miss Daydreams 🙂

– – ‘To be inspired is great to inspire is incredible’

My Recent Reads

Finding Audrey, Sophie Kinsella

I’ve alwblog-finding audreyays been a fan of Sophie Kinsella, so I was really excited to hear that she had written her first YA book. Without giving away the story, Finding Audrey is about a young girl with social anxiety. She struggles to leave the house and take off her dark glasses, until she meets her brother’s friend, Linus.

I really enjoyed reading Finding Audrey, and it opened my eyes up to mental health issues in a really positive way. I love the way that Sophie has written Finding Audrey; its very easy to read and, once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down. It’s one of those books where you want to find out what happens in the end, but you don’t want to finish it!

I’d definitely recommend this book to anyone who may be struggling with, or wanting to find out about, mental health issues, and anyone that enjoys reading young adult fiction. Finding Audrey definitely makes it into one of my all time favourite books 🙂


Paper Towns, John Green

Before reading Paper Towns, I’d never read any novels by John Green, so blog-paper townsafter all of the great reviews that I’d heard, I was excited to read his books.

Paper Towns is a love and ‘adventure’ story; when Margo doesn’t turn up to school after a all night adventure with narrator Quentin, Q must find all of the clues that lead to Margo and let him find out who she really is. I love the plot of Paper Towns and some of the quotes in there by Green are really sweet. The fact that he uses a ‘not-your-average’ love story to enable both Q and Margo to find out who they really are made me love the story even more.


All the Bright Places, Jennifer Niven

blog-all the bright placesI wanted to read this after Zoella put it in her June favourites video last year, as she recommended it to all of her viewers and later put it in the Zoella Book Club. All the Bright Places is told from the perspectives of Finch and Violet, who meet at school, at the top of the bell tower. Finch is constantly dreaming about dying and taking his own life, whilst Violet is struggling with the death of her sister. It’s a story based around mental heath and raises awareness of serious issues, in a very relatable and accessible way.

This is honestly one of the most emotional and engaging books I’ve ever read. I love the way that Jennifer Niven writes; her words in this book seem so beautiful and melodic. The way that she tells such a sad, yet beautiful story is incredible and the perfect YA book. Again, it’s a book that’s made its way into my all time favourites and I’m excited to read more novels by Jennifer.

– – ‘A reader lives a thousand lives, whilst the man who never reads lives only one’

Sprinkling Positivity

In today’s world there is so much negativity both on the internet, and in real life. And I think that is so sad and disheartening. Because it can stop people from being who they really want to be, or doing things they really want to do. And then people feel forced into doing things, just to try and please others. But we never know what kind of personal battles or barriers others are facing, so we can never know just how much something like that can hurt one another.

So surely spreading your own little kind of positivity in this world is so much more beneficial and worthy, both to you, and to those around you?

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The truth is that positivity is infectious; there’s no denying that. It helps people to become much happier and have a much stronger outlook on life itself. And, to me, making people smile and helping to inspire others is one of the greatest things in this world. Maybe that’s just me? But I think that, with so many young people struggling with self-confidence, being kind, supportive and positive to one another is so much greater than pulling one another down, in order to to get ahead.

Because exploiting and hating on somebody else’s imperfections doesn’t make yours any smaller. So why not celebrate each other’s attributes and help to develop both their confidence and self-identity?

As cliché as it sounds, ‘we’re all in this together’, so aim to sprinkle a little positivity wherever you go and watch the world around you become a much brighter, happier place.

– – ‘Throw kindness around like confetti’

Returning to My Blog!

So I haven’t blogged in so long and I’ve honestly missed writing my little posts so much. The truth is that I’ve been super busy lately. Taking exams at school, deciding what I want to do in the future and pursuing my passions, has taken up all of my time lately. So returning to my blog and forgetting about my responsibilities feels awesome.

As I’ve said here before, I’m a complete perfectionist. I work hard in every single thing I do, because I want to succeed in everything I put my mind to. I believe that success doesn’t just come from natural talent. It takes hard work, dedication and commitment to being the best possible version of you that there is.  And that’s what I’ve been doing lately. Whether its in school, preparing for exams, in the dance studio, where I’m 100% me, or sorting out the next chapter in my life. I’ve been through stress, worry and triumph over the past few months. Hence the absence from my blog!

But I’ve missed sharing my thoughts, feelings and ideas with you, however strange and distorted they may seem sometimes! But I’ve revamped my blog design, created new posts and am so happy to be able to write on here again.

Thank you for your support and if any of you know of any smaller bloggers, or are indeed one yourself, share them with me in the comments so I can 100% return to the bloggersphere 🙂

– – ‘The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination’

Forever the Dreamer

I’ve always been a Dreamer. Somebody with clear goals and defined aspirations. Because, to me, that’s one of the most important things to have in life. A clear idea of where you want to go and who you want to become.

And, of course, it takes courage to admit to those things. Because what if you struggle to achieve them; will everyone see you as a failure?

Of course not. Because life isn’t about the destination, it’s about the journey we go on in order to get there. If anything, that should only inspire you to work hard and enjoy it every step of the way.

If you don’t have a vision or a dream, how can you possibly understand how to become the best version of you? Or how to live the life that you really want?

Because the things we do now are the stepping stones that carry us to where we want to be. Somebody who is focused, determined and courageous is far more likely to succeed in life, than somebody who’s not.

Just remember that dreams are there to be chased, fulfilled and even exceeded. And, if they don’t scare you, then they’re certainly not big enough.

– – ‘Do something each day to bring you closer to your dreams’

January Favourites

So, the first chapter of 2016 is drawing to a close. I’ve been fairly busy these past few weeks, what with the start of a New Year! But, I’ve also discovered a lot of new products, that I want to share with you for this month’s favourites.

1.  Jack Wills Hope Cove Body Spray

This body spray was bought out by Jack Wills as part of their Christmas Collection. As soon as I saw them, I knew I had to try them. And it is the perfect scent for a body spray, as it’s very pretty and girly in its smell. It also lasts throughout the day and is the perfect addition to my cosmetic bag.

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2.  Clinique Pop Lip Colour and Primer

I’ve been loving wearing a nude lip this month and I’ve found that Clinique’s lipstick has definitely been the one I’ve turned to in order to do that. It’s colour is so lovely and subtle, which makes it the perfect complement for a natural make-up look. It also has a really good application, as it feels soft and is definitely long lasting.

 

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3.  Fig and Orange Oil Hand Cream

I’ve been using this hand cream, from Marks & Spencer, throughout January, as it smells so good. It has a light, fruity smell to it and is perfect for all year round. It really softens the skin and makes it perfect to either pop on your bedside table, or put into your handbag when travelling.

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4.  Miss Sporty Concealer

This month, I decided to experiment more with the coverage I use as part of my make up routine. I therefore decided to try out Miss Sporty’s Concealer. I have very fair skin, so sometimes its difficult to find concealer and foundation that complements my complexion. However, I’ve found that this one, in the lightest shade, gives me really good coverage. It’s also very affordable and applies really well.

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What have been your favourites this month?

– – ‘Work hard in silence; let success make the noise’

Fears

We all have fears in life that haunt us nearly every day. But I’m not talking about ‘the fear of spiders’ or ‘the fear of heights’. I’m talking about fears much more closer to home, and even closer to our hearts.

I’m talking about fears that we don’t normally allow others to see. Because, if they know what we’re afraid of, they’ll know exactly how vulnerable we are. And, if they wanted to, they’d know exactly how to hurt us, right where it hurts us the most.

And my fear? Well, I have the fear of never being good enough. Of knowing that there will always be somebody out there that will be better than me. And that kind of scares me. Because what if my best is never good enough? And what if my best can never take me to the kind of success that I want?

But, writing this post has made me realise that I can use that fear in one of two ways. I could let it demotivate me into never trying my best, and fearing failure. Or, and more realistically, I could let it spur me on to always trying my hardest and fighting for what I want. And I think it’s pretty obvious which one I’m going to choose.

Because fears are only figures of your imagination and, in reality, they don’t actually exist. So, take control over your own fears and never let them stand in your way of success.

– – ‘Fear kills more dreams than failure ever will’

My 2016

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful 2015 and I wish you the very best for this year. I thought I would share with you the little things I want to change throughout 2016 in order to become the best possible version of me.

Caring less about what other people think

In order to be happy, you need to be 100% comfortable and confident with who you really are. So I want to be able to do that, without needing reassurance from others. I don’t want to let other people’s perspectives change my own thoughts and ideas, or affect what it is I want to achieve. So I want to worry less about what my happiness may look like to other people and live the life that I want to lead.

Have more ‘me’ time

This year, I want to put more time aside for taking care of myself and having a little time to relax. Whether this means cosying up with a good book, having a little pamper session or meeting up with my friends. This also means taking care of myself a little more and allowing me time to relax and chill out.

Focusing more on what makes me happy

What I really want out of 2016 is to be happy, both with the choices I make and the things I do. And in order to do that, I need to focus on the things that make me truly happy. For me, that’s mainly dance, my blog and my family and friends. So that’s what I want to concentrate my time, energy and focus on within 2016.

– – ‘Today is the first blank page of a 365 page book; write a good one’

My Top 10 Christmas Memories 2015

  1. Seeing The Nutcracker in theatre
  2. Decorating the tree, listening to Christmas music
  3. Giving and receiving presents on Christmas morning
  4. Playing silly games with the family
  5. Christmas movie nights
  6. Catching up with friends
  7. Visiting the Christmas market
  8. Watching 24 Days of Zoella
  9. Wrapping presents on Christmas Eve
  10. Seeing Hairspray the Musical

– – ‘It’s not what’s under the tree that counts, it’s who’s around it’

What I got for Christmas 2015

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and got to spend time with those you love the most. I thought I would share with you some of my presents I so gratefully received, that relate most to the content of Little Miss Daydreams.

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W7 Cheeky Trio
W7 In the Nude Palette
No7 Nail Varnish
Eco Tools Brushes
W7 Brow Parlour

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Instax Camera

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Love, Tanya
Tiny Pretty Things
The Pointless Book 2

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Cath Kidston Bag

What did you receive for Christmas this year?

– – ‘Well I wish it could be Christmas everyday’