Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Making A Mood Board

I'm one of these people that clicks onto Pinterest and is still scrolling through endless pins hours later. From stunning interior to outfit inspiration, it's the perfect place to go for ideas. Something that I came across on the app was the idea of mood boards, like a real-life Pinterest board. It can be done however you like, for anything you like. Some people create them for wedding planning or home ideas, but I filled mine with things that caught my eye. It's basically like a visual ideas board.
The aim for mine was the mood of calm and positivity, so I printed off some quotes and photos that relax me. Photos of the ocean caught my eye, as well as sunsets and dandelions. Anything with candles and fairylights I snipped out too.They don't have to be arranged perfectly, I just crammed as many as I could onto the page, overlapping. As a base, I stuck them onto a big sheet of black card board.
I feel like it's a nice thing to have at the end of it, and I actually found it really relaxing to work on. You could add glitter, cut outs from magazines, things that make you laugh, some of your favourite photos... whatever works for you! Mine was something to hang in my room, but you can create something similar to use however you like. Think photos of you and your friends, quotes that inspire you, motivation, something you'd like to try... just get creative and see where it takes you.

Friday, 3 February 2017

Things To Put in a Letter

Drawings
Postcards
Pressed flowers
Questions & Answers
Stickers
Joint Colouring
(send back & forth between you)
Photographs & Polariods
Tickets
Coins
Artwork
Sweets
Sequins
(glitter bombing your pen
pal is always good)
Doodles
Loves & Loathes
Leaves
Bookmarks
 A Spritz of your Favourite Perfume
Lists
(five things that made you smile,
last thing you saw/touched/smelt/heard...)
Stamps
Quotes
Confetti
Magazine Cut Outs
 Your Favourite Poem
Tickets & Postcards
And words. Chat about your life, your hobbies,
 the things that make you happy & things that don't.

 Over the past year, I've been writing to four of my friends that I was connected to through this blog. It may seem old fashioned, but the magic of writing letters is something that will never die out. Knowing that someone has taken the time to write those words just for you really is special. It doesn't have to be pages of writing if that isn't your thing - a couple of lines and a sprinkle of glitter will be more than enough to make someone smile.

READ MY PENPAL MARTI'S THOUGHTS ON WRITING LETTERS:
  http://pinksmartiesblog.blogspot.co.uk/

Monday, 2 January 2017

Looking Back at 2016


About the past year, I'm in two minds. In some ways, this year feels as if it's gone in a flash, yet this time last year feels as though it was ages ago. A lot has happened in 2016. Many people say this has been a bad year, one to forget. It's definitely been a tough ride at times but, for me, there's been lots of special memories from this year that will definitely stick with me forever.

Throughout the past year, a lot has happened. I'm happy with the way that my confidence has grown compared to this time last year and the way that I've stepped out of my comfort zone much more often. Many times this year, I've almost said no to doing something that I was feeling anxious over - but I did it anyway and ended up enjoying it, glad that I went. One aim for 2017 is to try and keep that up and try more things.

In the sense of friendships, 2016 has been a special one. The internet, especially this blog, has connected me to some people who, now, are some of my closest friends. Some of us started writing to each other which I love - Marti, Rosie, Lauren, Megan, looking at you! Having penpals is something that began for me early on last year and was a big part of my 2016. Letters mean so much, especially because you know that someone has taken the time to sit and write to you. When I hear the clatter of the letter box, I love knowing there's an envolope inside to open.
Loving art is a big part of who I am, and 2016 has held so much creativity. Starting in January, I joined a weekly sewing class, having never used a sewing machine before. I'm still going there, loving it, and I've learnt so much. This next year holds some exciting stuff because some of us have been entered into the YoungQuilters sewing competition which I can't wait for. From a photography perspective, I'm still far from an expert but I'm learning so much and I've improved since this time last year. I recently brought a camera which I know that I'll have fun experimenting with in the new year.
A new year indicates a new start. For me, 2017 is going to be full of changes. It's my last few months of school, my sixteenth birthday, my GCSEs, and the year where I'll be thinking about what to do next. I'm also so excited to try new things with this blog. July will mark my second year of blogging and it's now a huge part of my life!

What are you most excited for about 2017?

Friday, 16 December 2016

Ways To Wear Waves | HAIR


Over the past few months, some really tough stuff has been going on in my life and I had to take a step back from this blog for a while. My mind was focused on other things and I wasn't finding the right inspiration to blog. I think that sometimes a break, even from something that you love, is important in order for you to keep enjoying what you're doing.

Before I get started, just a quick note: a while ago, I wrote about a few changes that I wanted to make, one of which being that I make sure every post is perfect before I publish. This post kind of dodges that rule. I'd like this to have more of a relaxed vibe, I just want to chat with you, so what I say isn't going to be perfect. The photos are definitely not going to be perfect either; I had my camera on timer while I dashed into the shot before the ten seconds ran out! - but even though they won't be the best quality or always in focus, it was a lot of fun to do. Also, apologies in advance for the peice of hair that came out of the messy bun - yup, it's bugging me too. But hey, the perfect messy bun is never perfect! Haha.


My hair is a huge part of my life. The hours it takes to wash, dry, and style must add up to a big number. It's thick, often a little bit crazy, and I'm always on the look out for everyday hairstyles to minimize the time I have to spend on it. Recently, most often I have my hair straight - but I don't always have the time for that - which means leaving it natural and having waves. For all of these hairstyles, all you need is a brush, bobble, and a couple of hair grips.
Starting off with my (very!) messy bun, this is my favourite and most worn hairstyle. It's so easy and the perfect recovery for any bad hair day. All that I do is tip my head upside down, gather all of my hair together (as if you were doing a ponytail), wrap it loosely into a circle, and tie with a hair bobble. I always use hair grips to help secure it. If you'd like a neater look, you could do a tight pony tail first and then twist the hair into a donut shape, finishing off with a spray of hairspray.

 Next up, a high ponytail. Sometimes when my hair is wavy, it gets big and crazy due to it's thickness, and having it in a ponytail keeps it out of your face and in control. I like to have my hair down and over my shoulders, and this hairstyle allows you to do this whilst staying off your face; even though it's such a simple one, I had to include it because it's one of my favourites. To get the high pony, I just tip my head upside down and tie it together with a bobble. To make it a little bit different, I like to cover the bobble (just twist a section of hair round the bobble and pin it in place with a grip).
I love half up half down styles - they're so easy and quick, but again, keep your hair off your face. This half up ponytail is a hairstyle I wear really often. To do it, I sectioned off the top half of my hair (I found it easiest to do with my head upside down) and then tied that up like I would with a normal ponytail.
 Continuing from the last hairstyle, you could add an extra step and turn your half-up ponytail into a bun. All that you need to do is twist the ponytail and it should naturally curl together to form a bun. As you go, secure it with hair grips and, if it feels unsteady, you could finish off with some hairspray to keep it in place. If you wanted to make it a bit different, you could plait it or make it into a tighter bun).

What are your favourite hairstyles?

Friday, 23 September 2016

Autumn Walks | Scarfs & Sweatshirts


 Cropped Batwing Sweatshirt - Newlook
Pink Snood - Primark

11/09/2016
My favourite time of year is definitely Autumn. I love it getting darker earlier and the air becoming  cold and crisp. Being able to layer clothes is also something that makes this time of year my favourite. In the late-evening, it's chilly, but not cold enough to have to bundle up in a winter coat. I wore a snood over a sweatshirt which was perfect for the weather.

The photos above don't quite capture how beautiful the sky looked. We left the house just after seven pm last night and we were out a few hours. While we were walking, the sky was constantly changing and I took so many photographs of the sunset.

What's your favourite time of year?

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

A FEW CHANGES

Over the year that I've had this blog, it's evolved a lot. Like I often say, it started out as an 'art blog', but over time has broadened and I've started to write about a wider range of topics. I'm so happy with where it is now and I'm always thinking of little ways that I can keep improving it. There's a couple of things that I'd like to change and I've typed them up here to keep you all updated.

I'D LIKE TO BE HAPPY WITH EVERY POST BEFORE I HIT PUBLISH

I'm a perfectionist and it bugs me when I know that something isn't the best that it can be. Something that I'd like to do is spend a little bit more time to make sure that every post is the way that I'd like it to be or that I'm happy with the way that every photo has come out. Looking back at some of my posts, I know that they weren't all written as well as they could have been. This is mostly down to rushing, putting posts up too soon. I'd like to make sure that I'm completly happy with each one before I hit publish.

I WON'T BE PUBLISHING NEW POSTS AS OFTEN

To make the last point possible, I'm going to have to blog a little bit less often. Recently, my goal has been to try and put up a new post weekly - but I think this is a bit too often at the moment. I've had to rush my new posts or publish ones that I'm not completly happy with. Whenever I haven't written one by the end of the week, it's constantly at the back of my mind - must blog! Because blogging is something that I love so much, I'd like to relax the time frame a bit and aim to post every fortnight, so that I can still enjoy it just as much and not be rushing. This way, I can work on every post much more slowly, until I'm happy with it. It might be that I'll put an extra mid-week post up every now and then too, but again, with no strict schedule. I'm going to aim for every other sunday.


I'M GOING TO BE MUCH MORE ORGANISED

 To go hand in hand with posting every fortnight, I'm going to be planning my posts ahead. I'm looking forward to creating a planner for my blog and knowing what posts are going up when. I think this is a good thing to try if you, like me, have many blog posts on the go, or countless drafts of posts that you've started, so that you can organize it a little bit more.

I'D LIKE TO WRITE MORE ABOUT MY INTERESTS

Reviews, tags, routines. I love writing those types of posts, but I'm going to aim to change up the topics in my blog too. I'd like to write more 'life-related' posts, more hair styles, more photography - but mostly, I'd like to share more DIY ideas and write more about art, which I love. Within the next few weeks, you'll hopefully spot a few of these posts pop-up. At the moment, my blog isn't really screaming me as much as I'd like it to and that's the main thing that I'm going to work on.

I'M GOING TO IMPROVE THE DESIGN

If you've been reading for a while now, you'll know that I updated my blog design recently and was so happy with the way that it looked in the end. I still love the way that it looks but I'd love to try things out and see if I can improve it. At the moment, I'm going to mainly focus on getting the title how I like it, and a few changes to the rest of the design will follow. I'm also going to make sure that the pages and extras are all up to date.


I'D LIKE TO WORK ON MY PHOTOGRAPHY AND EDITING

When I started my blog, for me, it was all about writing - but I soon realized that the photos are almost as important as the words. They bring a post to life, make it pleasing to look at, and illustrate what you're trying to say. I still have a long way to go on the photography-front, but I'm so proud of how much I've improved compared to when I first started my blog. I'm going to try and take better pictures and I'm loving experimenting with photo editing.


 Think of this post as a divider between my old posts and all of the changes to follow. There's not going to be any big changes, but I'm really excited for all of the improvements to come!

Friday, 26 August 2016

Holiday Snaps | 2016



 Center Parcs: 22/08/16 - 26/08/16












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