Liverpool Bloggers Ball

Last weekend I was kindly invited along to the Liverpool Bloggers Ball - the aim of the event was to give bloggers in Liverpool the chance to mingle and network with other bloggers, enjoy a tipple or two and have a grand ole time...and so it was! 

The event was held at the recently opened Roxy Ball Room on College Lane in Liverpool - a fantastic new venue with roof terrace, vip lounge, ping pong tables, pool tables and a mouth-watering menu to boot. I was really impressed with the interiors and it had such a laid back, fun vibe - somewhere ideal that you could hang with friends over a few drinks, pizza, burgers and all that lovely stuff.

I was greeted by the lovely Steph Bewley, the lady behind the Liverpool Bloggers community. She did such a great job organising this event for all of us! There was glasses of orange juice and bellini's on offer (I hadn't had breakfast, so started with the oj) as well as little complementary lollipops and pouches to collect other bloggers business cards ooh err.

Steph also organised a round of ping pong and pool tournaments - which I sadly lost after the first round - maybe the bellini and lack of breakfast had something to do with it?? Any excuse. She also organised a little Twitter competition for us all making everything interactive and fun.

Me, failing at ping pong
From the vip lounge, there were stunning views over Liverpool and luckily that day the sun was a-shinin' so the wall to wall windows let the blue skies pour right in.

Steph also gathered some really inspiring and interesting people together who gave us a talk about their businesses and how they started them. I was so inspired and motivated by these people who started out their businesses from an initial hobbie/passion and turned it into their job! I was close to not coming to the event, feeling tired and lazy (as always), but forced myself out of bed and i'm so glad I did!!

Firstly, we met David from the 'Independent Liverpool'. I am an avid follower of the Independent Liverpool (Facebook, Instagram - you name it) and love everything they recommend and how they promote independent cafes, restaurants and shops so it was so interesting to finally meet one of the faces behind the successful brand. David is also alumni of the University Of Liverpool where he studied business so it was great to see someone go onto something great and do so well post university. He gave us a short but sweet talk explaining how the business started and that they plan to expand to other major cities across the UK and places like Paris and more! It was refreshing to see a guy who was into blogging - as I think it's commonly seen as something woman do, which we do of course, but there are men that are into blogging too. Blogging isn't gendered folks!

Secondly, the lovely Gemma from Buttons Boutique also gave us a brief chat about her business which provides a range of art & craft workshops, parties and master classes in Liverpool. She also now has her own stall at REX Concept on Bold Street and told us she also has a TV show on Channel 4 that will debut later this year about upcycling! We also got to see some items from Teardop designs who are a jewellery brand as well as a bespoke wallpaper designer - a really talented bunch.

After all the networking and mingling, some of us were starvin marvin and ordered some food. Roxy Ball had a varied menu with a selection of snack type meals like pizza, pitta bread and hummus, burgers and more - just good food. I went for the olive burger with mozzarella and tomato which came with a side of fries - there were LOADS so I shared them out amongst everyone. Everyone agreed that the food was delicious!

I haven't been to many blog events like this but I hope this is the start of many! It was great to meet so many other like-minded girls doing a similar thing to myself and discover different blogs from lifestyle to fitness, healthy eating, fashion, beauty, books, restaurants and so on all under one roof. I learnt a lot from the people there and met a lot of inspiring, lovely people so overall, it was worth getting out of bed for.

Thanks Steph for organising such an enjoyable afternoon!

Blogging gals I met and their wonderful blogs:


Flower Power

Jacket: Vila at Asos | Jeans: Glamorous at Asos | Bag: Accessorize (similar here) | Pompom: Topshop (similar here) | Pineapple keyring: Monki (birthday gift from the lovely Gru - thank you!!!!) | Converse: Depop | Crop top: Topshop (sale) | Necklace: Urban Outfitters  (from the lovely Una - thank youuuuuuu!)

Photos by Xie Qin Gru

Nothing says summer vibes more than this pair of amazinnnguh jeans covered in beautiful embroidered flowers does it? Even though i'm not quite on holiday yet (revision week booo), these Glamorous floral jeans have brightened up my wardrobe a little and have put a wee spring in ma step (heh). These guys have been scooping up all the compliments with people asking me where they're from a looot - so now you know! They come in both petite and tall - unfortunately nothing in between, so I went for tall and turned them up. I added my hi top Con's which I thrifted from good ole Depop to tie in with the white jacket. The jeans are very comfy once you wear them in a few times and look great with a crop top (as seen aboooove), a t-shirt tucked in or with a light knit.

The rest of the outfit is pretty simple and casual, so they don't take the attention away from the jeans, they might get a bit jel otherwise. The white jacket still isn't stained fyi!!



Some women who inspire me...

Cumming is a 19 year old (yes, 19!) vocalist and bassist in Sunflower Bean as well as model for the likes of Saint Laurent. This girl is so inspiring! She is living proof you can pretty much be and do whatever you want, at any age. You want to be in a band? Be in a band! You want to try out modelling? Go for it. Julia Cumming is breaking down the barriers between fashion and punk by wearing whatever the hell she wants, doing her make up non conventionally and being the lead girl of an amazing rock band - slayyyyy Julia, slay. Listen to Sunflower Bean here!

 Angelina Jolie

The obvious amazing thing about Jolie is of course her beauty (yawwwn, we all know) but let's not forget she is a hugely successful actress, director, producer, ambassador, activist, humanitarian and mother...is there anything she doesn't do? What I love most about her is that she has used her status as actress and channelled it into something to help others including being ambassador for United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. She also promotes various causes, including conservation, education, and women's rights - it's okay to feel a little jealous but at the same time it's more important to be grateful to have such an inspirational woman in this world! 

 Grace Coddington

Former model and creative director at Vogue - Grace Coddington is a hugely inspiring and intelligent woman in the fashion industry who shaped her fashion shoots into art rather than the main aim being to sell. Though the first person to come to mind when we think of Vogue, is Anna Wintour, Vogue wouldn't be the way it is today without Coddington's creative influence. She's innovative and different, and remained an important presence behind the camera following a car accident and having a series of reconstructive operations. From her work at Vogue, you can tell she wasn't afraid to try anything new, and was hugely passionate about fashion as a creative art form rather than cold, hard commerce. You can buy 'Grace, A Memoir' - here!


Similarly to Julia Cumming, the Spanish quartet stemming from Madrid are breaking down barriers in the rock/grunge music industry showing you can be a woman in a rock band. I know this is something women have been doing a while (Debbie Harry, Kim Gordon etcetc) but I feel there is still a stigma around it and the more girls that come into the industry, the more normalised it will be. I find these girls so inspiring in style, musical talent and I just love what they do! They are having fun and on stage, you can tell they are enjoying themselves to the fullest. An inspiring group of women, producing an individual sound and expressing their creativity through music and visuals. Listen to Hinds here!

Laura Bates

The creator and founder behind "Everyday Sexism", Laura Bates is a British feminist writer. The aim of her website is to allow people to express their everyday experiences of sexist abuse and women's experience of gender inequality - which became more successful than she could have ever imagined. I think she has done a hugely brave thing in creating this website, giving women a chance to finally speak out about sexism which can often go un noticed. She's made a huge impact in the feminist movement and she's a great idol to look up to who is dismantling gender stereotypes. See her Everyday Sexism website here.

Anita Roddick

Dame Anita Roddick was a businesswoman, human rights activist and environmental campaigner who was the founder and creator of our beloved beauty favourite - The Body Shop. The shop still remains hugely successful and popular to this day mainly down to its products that shaped ethical consumerism. She had large involvement with Greenpeace and The Big Issue - she was a woman who had a strong belief in helping the environment and others whilst creating a business that benefits many peoples lives. What a lady. Get her book, 'Business As Unusual' here!

 Tina Fey

You may remember this gal first appearing on your screen circa Mean Girls? Well, Tina Fey has just gone from strength to strength ever since - now starring in widely popular comedies and sitcoms and chat shows. It's refreshing to see a lady not take herself too seriously in the media industry, and take on the comedic role normally portrayed by a man. She's confident and intelligent and is showing us gurls out there we can be funny and clumsy too whilst being a strong, independent woman.

Malala Yousafzai

Back in 2012, Malala survived a gun attack whilst boarding her school bus in Pakistan. She didn't let this incident in her life stop her from moving forward and channelled her energy into politics and feminist rights. She is now an activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate. Despite being told she couldn't do certain things in her country, because she was a woman, she refused to let religion stop her from having an education and stood up for her and other women in her country. She inspires me to stand up for myself and what I believe in and not be swayed by others. Get Malala's book - here!


Let's Talk | Comfort Zones Vs. The Unknown

I don't normally do chatty posts on here nor do I talk about anything too personal, normally i'm a bit too shy/worried to share anything more personal than what my favourite lipstick is or current favourite clothing item is but I actually love talking about anything and everything... and I think I have a lot to say, so surely my blog is the best place to share it?!

I'm not gonna get all Carrie Bradshaw on you now. I'm not qualified in giving advice but i'm not necessarily going to do that. I am going to ramble. Ramble ramble ramble as I do in general, but try and make some sense of it, or improve my writing skills from it, maybe trigger conversation topics that will maybe relate to you too. Or not. And if not, it's good therapy for me to write it all out and look back on it, like a lil diary. 

I've been thinking a lot lately about going out of your comfort zone and doing things that normally you'd be too afraid to do yet still fearing the unknown (dundundunnnn).

I'm a creature of habit/home bird and I like some sort of routine in my life but at the same time, I couldn't think of anything worse than being stuck doing the same thing over and over again, ie: in the same place, doing the same job, living in the same place etc. I just know I would go mad, or hate myself for it. I like being comfortable but my worst nightmare is looking back on my life and thinking I just stayed put where I was because I wanted to be comfortable and safe. Yet, I'm really sensitive towards change and leaving what I know. Since i've moved about quite a fair bit in my life so far, I thought, yeah I've got this whole change thing hacked, whatevz, i'll do anything. But there's still always constantly a part of me that gets attached to what I already know. I've been in Liverpool two years, and I know by the time I end university I may need or want to move on, but then i'm like - nooo I can't leave here, i'm happy, Liverpool might disappear and i'll never see it again! Bit over dramatic but you get the jist. So how do you go about trying to go out of your comfort zone all the time, when you're a lil bit scared of change? (I don't actually have an answer to that, that was completely rhetorical)

I think an important thing to do is face something everyday that scares you a little, just to push yourself that little bit further. It might even sound weird but I actually love doing something i'm scared of, I don't know why - I just get something out of it. Before I even get the chance to make up excuses and overthink myself out of something, I will literally say yes before I even know what i've just agreed to do, sometimes riskaay, sometimes not. And then when it gets to the point of that event, maybe booking tickets to go travelling on your own, joining a sports team, applying for a job, going to a party, whatever it is - you just do it, and then as I always say, i'll just cross that bridge when I get to it. And 99% of the time this actually works for me. I get told i'm confident a lot which I find funny because I don't really see myself this way at all - but I guess i'm quite good at acting confident and then eventually from acting it, I eventually become it. 

Other times i've pushed myself out of my comfort zone was when I decided i'd go and be an au pair this year, which I have never done before, and going to a new city on my own. Yaa ya give me a medal, whatever. I'm just saying that for people that are shy or find it hard to break out of their comfort zone, then it's not actually too hard and it will do the world of good for your confidence. Maybe this is something that I've gained from being at uni, or age, I really don't know but you can both move out of your comfort zone gradually whilst being a little bit scared of it at the same time. Sooner or later the unknown will not phase you anymore, and you will prefer change over staying the same. 

I don't believe people are supposed to stay the same throughout their life. We are supposed to evolve and develop our confidence/personalities etc over time. I think if you sense you are getting too comfortable and too stuck in your ways, and it isn't getting you anywhere or making you happier, then by saying yes to opportunities that make your tummy flip a little, then it's your body telling you that you need to go for it.


Sun Is Shinin'

White denim jacket: Asos | Trousers: Asos | Crop Top: Zara | Old Skool Vans: Depop | Rucksack: Accessorize | Keyring Pompom: Topshop | Quay sunglasses: Topshop

Photos by Xie Qin Gru

The sun's a shinin' in Liverpool so I knew these gorgey pink linen trousers would be a great investment when I popped them in my wee basket on Asos.com. They're really comfy and swishy and linen is a fab fabric for warm days (and yes they need to be ironed). I also got this Vila white denim jacket as well - seeing as I already have a blue, black and grey one - why not add a white one? It adds a fresh touch to this pale pink and black combo - and there's no stains on it so far, but i've only had it a day so...

Also - the Quay sunglasses!!! I am in loveeee with them. They're in stock at Topshop - where I tried on about 10 pairs before I decided these guys were, the chosen ones. They're mirrored so you can stare at people and they won't even know, but no one should do that cause that's creepy af - nevertheless, v cool sunglasses yup?


The Film Club #4


It's been a while since i've seen a film that has left me thinking about it for days, even weeks and also leaving me a little emotionally exhausted afterwards. The single-take German film set in the urban streets of Berlin takes you on an emotional rollercoaster from start to finish. Victoria, a young Spanish woman, who has recently moved to Berlin finds her flirtation with a local guy but their night out with his group of friends takes a turn for the worst. Victoria has you constantly on the edge of your seat - feeling like you are experiencing this one night in Berlin with them. Laia Costa gives such a realistic performance, you forget she is even acting. The film left such an impression on me and I just want to watch it again and again!


Her tells the tale of Theodore, a lonely man, separated from, yet still attached to his past with his former lover. He develops an unlikely relationship with his newly bought OS, that's designed to meet his every need. Her explores Theodore facing feelings of solitude, doubt, attachment and joy with his new found relationship and how relationships can form in the weirdest of ways and how unpredictable they can be at times. Her is both mind boggling and visually stunning, set in the futuristic cityscape of Los Angeles. As hard it is to get your head around the idea of a character falling in love with a computer, you actually get drawn into the concept, beginning to imagine this OS as a real person. Her teaches an important lesson for us all about people and how we are forming these synthetic "relationships" with and an attachment to things.


When I was considered "old enough", I went through my dad's dvd collection and watched every single 18 movie there was - the extent of my rebelling phase... anyway, one of the dvd's that has stuck in my mind was Casino. This Martin Scorcese classic explores the dark under belly of Las Vegas that lies beneath it's glamorous face. Behind the scenes in Tangiers casino we see the mob involvement of the 1970's and 80's through the eyes of Ace Rothstein and Nicky Santoro, who move to Las Vegas to live and work in the complex world of casinos, gambling, drugs and violence. Ace falls in love with Ginger and Nicky falls deeper into a spiral of drug abuse and violence - their weaknesses leading them to destruction. It's so interesting to see what goes on behind closed doors beneath the glittery and glamorous surface of Las Vegas - if you like any other Scorcese movie then you will love this too!

Dead Poets Society

It's the start of a new term at Welton Academy where the painfully shy Todd begins his senior year and is introduced to the bright and popular, Neil - who soon form a close friendship. Both, along with other friends, meet Professor Keating (played by the wonderful Robin Williams), their new English teacher - however, he is nothing like any other traditional teacher. Keating is enthusiastic and passionate, and encourages the boys to go against the status quo, to seize the day and teaches them the beauty and importance of art and poetry. He shows them how to think differently, be confident and creative and how to use their imagination to its fullest. Each boy in the class is changed for life by Keating's way of teaching and are all left inspired by his words. He tells them of the Dead Poets Society which unites the boys as a close group of friends and encourages them to go for their dreams - basically, every teacher should watch this and TAKE. NOTE. We need more teachers like Keating in the world, preach!

Amy - The Documentary

Whether you were a fan of Amy Winehouse or not - there is no denying the flawless talent she had in both singing and songwriting. The documentary tells the story of Amy's journey of her career success followed by her self destruction that eventually lead to her death. It explores Amy's relationships with her family and boyfriends and how they influenced her music. It faces subjects of self-harm, bulimia, the controversial attention from the media and her eventual downfall from her drug and alcohol addiction. The documentary makes you realise that despite her problems, she was a naturally talented, down to earth girl with a sharp sense of humour and not a bad bone in her body - it's such a moving and sad story but so worth the watch. The documentary shows you that there was a lot more to Amy than just her classic beehive do and drug addiction.
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