What I've Achieved in 2015 And What's Coming Next Year...

Hey,

Its nearly the end of the year meaning yes, here is one of those typical 'What I've achieved this year' posts but personally I believe it is important to acknowledge what you have achieved so you can simply gain knowledge for the future. 
Wow, that sounded posh...

Last month my Blog had its 1st birthday and it that small space of time I have reached nearly 18,000 reads and I have collaborated with some incredibly talented people along the way, I also would like to think that I have made some great friends. A few of which you can check out here >
 Aces Laces
FairyPants (Vegan Cosmetics)
Gourmandisons Jewellery
 Blakely Clothing
Graze Box 
I have some extremely exciting collaborations already lined up and planned for 2016 so watch this space, it's going to be big!

I also met some incredible girls whilst taking part in the running of 'Sparkle of Style' which was a collaborative Blogger project that I took part in with these wonderful girlies...
Royally Rouge (Frances) 
So, what else have I been up to this year? 
I finished school *thank goodness* and I began college doing a course that I enjoy and that I am extremely passionate about, Photography! I have met so many wonderful people at college, I have made some friends for life. 

So going into 2016, you are probably wondering what I would like to achieve? 
Well, I want to be driving before the summer hopefully. I turn 17 in a few weeks which is the legal age to drive in the UK, I need to obviously take lessons, take my theory and practical and then hit the roads! But I have to pass the exam part first... Secondly I would like to dedicate more time to my Youtube channel and maybe invest in some professional lighting because living in the UK you simply can't rely on natural lighting in the winter. I have definitely become more confident over the past few months with my online content. Back in school it was not the 'cool' thing to do to make Youtube videos but now I think that if its what I want to do as a hobby and it makes me happy then why the heck not! So expect more content to be uploaded onto my channel over the next few months (Link is on the top of my blog) 
I just want to continue what I am doing now but maybe on a slightly bigger scale... 

I would just like to take this opportunity to say a massive, huge, gigantic thank you to every single one of you who supports my crazy, badly written posts. Thank you to you for supporting me throughout this year even though at times I was a bit crap, but BETTER THINGS ARE COMING! 


Some Highlights of 2015...





Gourmandisons Jewellery Collaboration 




I couldn't possibly forget about my Prom which I also had this summer... It was amazing to be able to dress up like a princess for an evening and spend it with some of my favourite people.

Bring it 2016, I'm ready. 

Until next time,


Stormydoos 

Let's Do A Photoshoot!

Hey,

So as many of you may of seen if you are following me on my social media's you would of seen a few 'professional looking' photos of myself and my very good friend Lydia popping up.
Myself and Lydia (Who's blog you can find here) both study Level 3 Photography at college and we decided that we would put our newly learnt skills to the test and have a little photoshoot...







This shoot was mainly for experimental purposes for ourselves. Learning from mistakes we made and learning how to make our images better next time, for example using artificial lightning as we shot inside on a slightly dreary day would of dramatically improved the final images.

As I said previously, Lydia has now got her own Blog so please head over and give it a quick read! 

Until next time,
Stormydoos 

What Christmas Means To Me...

Hey,

So here is the big question... What does Christmas mean to me? 
Well, its simple really, Christmas to me means that all my close family will spend a whole day together which i'm going to be honest, never really happens. We are a very busy family and it is very rare that we ever spend a whole day together, but Christmas allows us too. 
On Christmas Day we usually wake up fairly early because my little brother is always extremely excited to see what Father Christmas has brought for him (He is four years old) then we pop open a bottle of champagne, followed by another and another... 
Christmas to me means a day to spend with my close family, being lazy, giving and receiving gifts and consuming a vast amount of alcohol. 

What does Christmas mean to you?

Until next time,
Stormydoos


Big Changes... Life's Lessons

Hey,

So, recently there have been some massive changes in my life. Luckily I have always been able to deal with 'change' fairly well but these transitions have certainly taken their toll on me but I can now say  I have learnt some valuable skills which I felt might be helpful to some of you.

As some of you may already know back in September I made the huge leap from Secondary School to beginning to attend college. I have to be totally honest and say I wasn't that nervous about starting College because towards the end of of my time at Secondary School I began to feel like I was to mature for the whole system. The thought of having to be in six different lessons, some of which you weren't the slightest bit interested in seems totally pointless and meaningless to me now. 
I chose to take Level 3 Diploma In Photography at College meaning the only subjects I study is Photography, which is great to a certain extent. 
One massive part of College life which I am loving though is definitely the social side of it, I have made so many great friends which I am sure are friends for life now.

Secondly a second large change which has happened in my life recently is that I decided to get a new part time job, now this may seem like a small thing to some people but I had been at my previous job for almost three years. When you are my age three years seems like a fairly long time! 
I went from one extreme to the other which my job choice, I went from a catering based Job to a receptionist in a posh car showroom. 
I have to admit the first day was terrifying, I was suddenly the first face customers saw when they came into the big glass door at the front of the showroom and quite honestly that scared me. 
I suddenly realised I was doing a 'proper grown up' job, people relied on me.
I can now honestly say that a few weeks I wasn't sure if my new job was suited for me but now I realise it is what you make it. If you go into a situation with a positive attitude and outlook on it then it is most likely you will have a positive result.

So, what have I actually learnt from these two big changes? 
I have learnt that you need to stick to something long enough to properly understand what it entails and sometimes you need to 'throw yourself in at the deep end' and take risks and If it doesn't work out for you then its an experience that you can learnt from and another life lesson learnt.


Until next time,
Stormydoos


I Love Christmas Tag!

Hey,

So a few weeks ago I received an email from Lily at Beautyandthenature asking who would like to take part in her 'I Love Christmas Tag' so obviously I said yes, hence why I am writing this now! 

1: What is your favourite Christmas colour?
It would have to be a warm red tone because for me it always reminds me of the lovely Yankee Candle in the scent 'Sparkling Cinnamon' which we always have burning in our house at and around the christmas period, so a warm, dark red tone.


2: What is your favourite Christmas movie?
Hmm, now this is a very difficult one as there are so many Christmas movies that I love, my top three movies would have to be; Home Alone, Elf and The Santa Clause.

3: What is your favourite Christmas song?
ALL OF THEM! Couldn't possibly choose.

4: What is your most anticipated Christmas tradition?
I love visiting family who we only occasionally get to see because we live far away from each other, also drinking bubbly at 9am on Christmas day is always good fun!

5: Do you have a fake or real Christmas tree?
We have a fake one usually, yet we are having a real one this year, how exciting!


6: Do you wear Pajamas or Fancy dress on Christmas Eve?
Usually Pajamas! 

7: When do you open your presents - on the Christmas Eve or Christmas Morning? 
We open one present each before we go to sleep on Christmas Eve, then we open the rest of our gifts on Christmas Morning.

8: Do you believe in Santa?
Of course ;)

9: Are you a pro present wrapper or do you fail miserably?
I really don't enjoy wrapping presents, so they usually don't turn out very good.

10: Have you ever built a Gingerbread House?
Nope, I've eaten them though!



11: What is your Dream Christmas Destination?
I always want to be with family on Christmas day, but leading up to Christmas Day I would love to visit New York or Paris to see the beautiful Christmas festivities.



12: Do you like giving or receiving gifts better?
It makes me so immensely happy to see someone's face light up when you give them a gift which they wanted... So definitely giving gifts.

13: Can you name all of Santa's Reindeer?
Errm, Rudolf...?

14: What is your favourite Christmas meal or treat?
Nothing beats the traditional Christmas dinner!

15: What is your Christmas Wish?
For everyone to have a happy, safe Christmas with the ones they love.



Merry Christmas!

Until next time,
Stormydoos


FairyPants UK Review | Vegan Cosmetic Brand.

Hey,

I am fortunate enough to of been sent a couple of samples from Fairypants UK to review for you all. 

First of all, let me tell you a little bit about the brand... Fairypants UK is a vegan cosmetics brand, which means that all the products made are totally cruelty free and are good for your skin! Despite the fact the samples I got sent were cosmetics based, Fairypants also stock jewellery and hair accessories.

The first sample that I want to review is the 'Mulled wine' fragrance. When I first read the scent name on the bottle I was feeling slightly optimistic, I was thinking that this scent is going to be 'false' and probably absolutely nothing like what mulled wine really smells like... I couldn't of been more wrong! This fragrance is spot on, exactly what mulled wine smells like, I don't know how to describe this product other than it smells like Christmas! 


The next and last sample that I got sent was a tester size bottle of the 'Blueberry and Pomegranate' scented nail varnish remover. Yes, thats right... scented nail varnish remover! This is definitely a must-have product, It smells like summer fruits and the quality of which it removes nail varnish is great as well, so another great product from Fairypants.


I would like to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you to Fairypants for selecting me to be lucky enough to get sent these samples!

*All Opinions are my own*

Until next time,
Stormydoos


*Please note this is the sample review packaging*

Christmas Wishlist!

Hey,

Is it already that time of year already?!

I have many blog posts planned for the month of December in preparation for my favourite time of year, Christmas! Here are a few items and products which I would dream of owning, so please feel free to scroll through my December wishlist and let me know what your favourites are too!

Urban Renewal Vintage Surplus Black Harrington Jacket


Urban Renewal Vintage Surplus Black Harrington Jacket

Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren Dallas Plaid Boyfriend Shirt


Dior Addict Lip Maximizer High Volume Lip Plumper 


Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick - COLOR Melancholia - Rose blush


Elizabeth and James - Nirvana Black




Lace Skater Dress Black 



A-Line Button Through Denim Skirt Black



Ophelita Off Shoulder Knitted Jumper - Wine

Ophelita Off Shoulder Knitted Jumper Wine

Strappy Burn Out Maxi Dress Burgundy



Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Palette Kit/ Light - Medium



I may add to this list during December leading up to christmas... of course this is a 'wishlist' meaning I do not expect these items/products they are simply things that I have had my eye on all year long!

Christmas is not about the presents it is about spending time with the people you love and having a great time! 

Until next time,
Stormydoos


1 YEAR OLD!?

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Ah I can't believe it... My blog is 1 YEAR OLD!
Okay so technically my blog has been live for a year on the 3rd of November, not today (6th of November) but I can't believe I have been writing this blog for a whole year!

So sadly for those of you who don't like sappy blog posts, I suggest you click off of this now because that is exactly what this is going to turn into...

I have met so many great people and worked with so many wonderful companies over the past year, I remember thinking that nobody would read my blog and now I am sat here looking at the views which are just over 17,400 in the last year. I am honestly so grateful to everyone who reads my posts, so a massive thank you to you all!

I am aware that recently my posts have been slightly less frequent than they have been previously and I promise I am trying really, really hard to try to post each week! So please bare with me... Also in December I will attending the Clothes Show in Birmingham which I am extremely excited about blogging about so watch this space!

So I suppose that is all for now, wow... my little blog turned one year old!

Until next time,
Stormydoos




New Obsession! - Eyelure

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A few weeks ago now I purchased a pair of false eyelashes to experiment with ready for halloween, since then I have worn them every single day without fail.
I could never understand why anyone would go to the 'extensive' task of putting on false eyelashes every morning, but now I totally understand. Plus it only takes a few minutes once you get use to putting them on.

Eyelure lashes are extemely lightweight, you totally forget that you are wearing them until you look in the mirror and your lashes are looking incredible!
I have always been a big fan of fairly extravagent eye-makeup and wearing lashes just takes that passion to a whole new level.
I have already tried a few different brands of eyelashes and the one which I love the most have to be 'Eyelure'.
You can purchase many of their lashes in drugstores.

So, there you go... that's my new little obsession which I just had to share with you all. Can't wait to wear my Eyelure 'Extravagent' lashes on Halloween! (I may write a post about my halloween costume, so watch this space)

Until next time,
Stormydoos
*NOT A SPONSORED POST, COMPLETELY MY OWN OPINION*





Little Chat and Autumn Favourites!

Hey,

Its finally October meaning here in the UK the weather is now beginning to get wintery' and cold enough for scarves and my much loved black, ankle heeled boots.

There are many things I love about Autumn, from the cinamon scented candles to the fire being lit in the lounge in the evening, there is just something really comforting about snuggiling up on the sofa with a mug of hot chocolate infront of a warm fire...
Anyway, enough about that!

I wanted to share with you some new pieces that I have bought recently for Autumn. I will be doing a whole blog post soon on my favourite Autumn outfits! This is just a sneakpeak of what to expect...

 I love this huge monochrome scarf from Primark which I believe only cost me £5 which is incredible! The quality is really good and the scarf itself seems really warm, I am looking forward to wearing this with many outfits in the next few months!

A few weeks ago now I ruined my favourite pair of swede black ankle boots which I wore everywhere! I have felt lost without them since I broke them and I have been on the hunt for some more to replace them and I managed to come across these in Primark - These boots cost me £18 which once again is a really good price for the quality of the item. Im sure you will be seeing these boots in many OOTD photos soon!


I will have many more Autumn fashion must-have's soon, but I would love to know what you are loving this autumn, let me know below!

Until next time,
Stormydoos

NEW Skincare!

Hey,

Recently in the UK the weather has been getting colder which definately takes its toll on your skin. So I decided to try out some new skincare products because my previous makeup remover simply wasn't making the cut and I am always up for trying out some new products to share with you all.

First of all I picked up the 'Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water' because I have read extemely good reviews about this product before so I thought I would give it a go. I know usually this product is fairly expensive but when I purchased it Superdrug had a very good deal on.
I can honestly say that I have been using this for the last two weeks to take my makeup off and to just freshen up my face when I haven't had makeup on during the day, it works wonders!

You can purchase 'Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water' Here 


Next I picked up the 'Simple Soothing Facial Toner' - I actually have never used a facial toner until two weeks ago when I bought this product and I would certainly never not use one again. I love this product, after using the 'Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water' to remove my makeup I can tone my face with this great, refreshing product.

You can purchase 'Simple Soothing Facial Toner' Here




Finally a product that I am not to impressed with and one that I will not be repurchasing ‘Garnier Simply Essentials Soothing 2 in 1 makeup remover’ I have found that this product is the complete opposite to ‘Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water’ because It is oily and leaves my skin not feeling fresh as the other two products I have mentioned. Also with this product you have to shake before you use it to mix the two liquids together in
side. Overall I was not impressed with this product, although this may just be due to my skin type, always try products out for yourself before you rule them out completely.



You can purchase ‘Garnier Simply Essentials Soothing 2 in 1 makeup remover’ Here

Until next time,
Stormydoos  
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Collaboration with Gourmandisons (Handmade Jewellery)

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A few weeks ago I was scrolling through Instagram and came across this little 'shop' ran by a lovely girl called Flo.
Gourmandisons creates beautiful unique handmade items, anything from pineapple themed earrings to tiny little unicorn necklaces.
I decided that I needed to share with you all this wonderful little shop so perhaps you can head over and check out Flo's wonderful little creations for yourselves.

Flo sent me two necklaces which are absolutely perfect and matched my description that I sent her. I am so happy with the creations that I recieved from Gourmandisons!





Another thing about these necklaces that I love is that the chains are very sturdy and seem like they will last a while, the last thing you want is the chain to break! The silver chains also have tiny little details on them, as you can see in the photo of the 'cookie heart' creation the chain has tiny colour co-ordinated beads attached adding some extra detail.

Thank you very much to Flo at Gourmandisons for collaborating with me on this project and if you have your own shop and would possibly like to be featured on my blog please contact me at 'stormydoosprojects@aol.com'.

You can find all of Flo's other wonderful creations by following the links below: 

ALittleMarket / Gourmandisons 
Instagram / Gourmandisons 

*This post is not sponsored*

Until next time,
Stormydoos 
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Corfu 2015 - Flights, scuba diving and broken flip flops!

Hey,

If you follow me on Instagram @stormydoos you will be aware that on the 7th of August I travelled with my family for a much needed holiday to corfu in Greece.
We haven't been away together for many years so this was very exciting for all of us, also it was my little brother, Axel's first time on a plane.

The travelling part was actually suprisingly not very stressful, even with a three year old.

A few hours later we arrived in Corfu's airport, which turned into a huge pile of cases and angry brits but after about an hour it soon cleared and we headed off to find out coach which would then drive us through the tiny roads of corfu to our apartment in Sidari.

Once we had travelled a further two hours to our complex we arrived to a spacious 3 bedroom greek style apartment, right next to the pool might I add...
We didn't arrived to our accomondation until extremely late. Meaning that night we unpacked and then got some sleep ready for the following day in the unfamiliar 35 degree heat.

If im totally honest the whole time we were in corfu we spent our time relaxing by the pool and shopping in the local town for typical touristy' things, so im not going to hype this post up and say we did activities every single day because honestly that is not what I went on holiday for... although on the Thursday myself, Max and my dad went scuba diving in a local bay which was totally incredible and I am looking forward to booking myself in, to go diving soon back home in the UK.

One thing I noticed about Greece was just how photogenic everything seemed, from buildings to the native flowers. Prehaps this was just because I was in different surroundings and I was very excited about that... Hence why my Instagram has been filled with photos from my travels.

Before I went away I announced somewhere on the internet (Instagram or my Youtube Channel) that I would film parts of our holiday to then create a vlog when i got home to publish on my channel, If im totally honest with you... I didn't film anything. I had a great relaxing week away from the internet and away from blogging, as much as I love it, everyone needs a break once in a while. So I would like to apologise if you were looking forward to seeing my Corfu Vlog.

Until next time,
Stormydoos