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8 THINGS WE ALL REALLY WANT THIS CHRISTMAS

Christmas is not long away now and I have seen so many gift guides, so I thought I had better join in on the fun, well kind of. Instead of your traditional wishlist full of perfumes and palettes, I am going to be listing a whole guide to things we all want, that money can't buy. It goes without saying at least one chocolate orange and handfuls of pigs in blankets have to make an appearance this Christmas, but Christmas is for making wishes come true right? So if at least half of these could come true, I will be a very happy Christmas elf this year...




#1 A LIE IN
I mean, if you're not a parent or a workaholic you probably get one of these at least once a week, however, considering I haven't had a lie in for around 5 years now, I think it had to be at the top of my list. If you have a children this will no doubt be one of the best things money can't buy this Christmas, imagine 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep... if only.

#2 DONALD TRUMP TO LEAVE THE WHITE HOUSE & PLANET EARTH IN GENERAL
2017 has seen Donald Trump go from strength to strength to earn ultimate dickhead of our generation and I don't think anybody who is sane would disagree with that. I think we've all had a moment this year of disgust at his actions, words and just general existence and prayed that we could just strap him to a firework and send him into orbit. 

#3 INSTAGRAM TO STOP BEING AWFUL
If you work in the social media or influence industry, there's no doubt Instagram has been the bane of your profession this year. Bad engagement, shadow banning and general dis-functionality of the platform has sent everyone from bloggers to social media managers into despair. So what would be well nice for Christmas is Instagram allowing our glorious content the recognition it deserves.

#4 NO ARGUMENTS ON CHRISTMAS DAY
I don't know if it's because I am from a long line of firey women, or this happens in most households, but Christmas Day always seems to bring out the opinions and debates from family members, mostly ones that cause an argument after 6 glasses of wine and 400 after eights. Wouldn't it be lovely to manage a Christmas with peace and Pictionary. 

#5 SNOW
There has been one Christmas in my 25 years of existence that I remember it snowing on Christmas day, I was six and it was magical. It's the Christmas dream right? Everyone wants picturesque snow on Christmas day, and if you don't you're a Grinch. 

#6 FOR EVERYONE TO AGREE ON A FILM TO WATCH 

There's nothing worse on Christmas Day than wanting to watch Ratatouille but your mum wants to watch some 1950's Christmas Carol remake, and your nephew wants to watch Avengers. How nice would it be if we could agree on a film to watch on Christmas Day? Seriously wishful thinking.

#7 NO HANGOVERS
Nothing worse than taking it too far, as I always do, over Christmas and waking up with a horrific hangover. What I would really like for Christmas is the ability to drink three bottles of Prosecco without a headache the next day.  

#8 BEING SURROUNDED BY LOVED ONES OVER CHRISTMAS
Christmas is a time to share with your nearest and dearest, something that some people don't get the luxury of. We can really take for granted the people who are most important to us and although you should show them you care and appreciate them at all times, Christmas is a perfect time to make up for lost time. 

I hope you have enjoyed this post, what are you hoping for this Christmas? Leave me a comment below OR find me on social media!


MY FAVOURITE BLOGGERS & INFLUENCERS OF 2017

It's blogmas day one and although I promise I won't be blogging every single day of December, it's the taking part that counts right?
I have been part of the blogging and influencer community for four years now and I have never felt so passionate and in awe about something as much as I am about blogging and creative writing, I love it. This year it became a skill that I have grown enough to become a way to pay my bills and I am so grateful for that. Another thing I am so grateful for, is the people in this industry I can call friends, and the people in this industry who continue to inspire me and motivate me to keep this little blog going. I am thankful for all the direct and indirect support that the blogging community gives me on a daily basis, there are so many people who I am in total awe of, and today I am sharing my favourite bloggers & influencers of 2017.



There are so many people who inspire me in so many different ways so I will be sectioning off my favourites into where they inspire me and why. 

MY FAVOURITE BLOGS



Hannah's blog has been my favourite blog for years and I know a lot of people are with me on this. I am just in absolute awe of her, she makes it look like there's 43473 hours in a day. Her productivity, her freshness when it comes to her content and her resounding class in all aspects of blogging is SO inspiring. Hannah is a true professional and in my opinion, an icon in this industry.



Leah is the ultimate girl boss, and her content is a reflection of that. She has an absolute heart of gold and an incredible handbag collection. Leah's blog is a mixture of lifestyle, fashion and beauty, and I really enjoy reading her content because it is always so well thought out and the photography is amazing.



Alice Spake's blog is a mixed bag of loveliness with everything from beauty to baby Joshua. Her blog is full of well written and honest content which is so refreshing. Alice is an absolute diamond in the blogging industry and she really stands by what she believes in. This year saw her and her partner, Arran, welcome a little boy into the world and Alice has well documented it on her blog with a new type of content, honest insights to parenting.



Amie is a wonderful human being inside and out, her blog is just an extension of her warmth and positive vibe that she puts into everything. Amie uses her platform to talk about more personal and sensitive issues which I really respect. 



Fran is a good friend of mine and an incredibly talented blogger, I love her blog so much. Fran is so cool and so quirky and it really reflects into her content. She is your typical London gal and she always gives really raw and honest opinions about anything she reviews. 

MY FAVOURITE INSTAGRAMMERS



I started following Charlotte on Instagram this year and I am so glad I did. Charlotte is like a real life mermaid, she's so beautiful inside and out. Her Instagram stories are up there in my favourites because she is so funny and so thoughtful, there is a goodnight thought on her Instagram stories everyday that I really appreciate and think is a nice way to end the day reading. Charlotte's Instagram feed is full of pops of colour and full of fun. 



Paige is one of my good friends, but she is also an incredible content creator, blogger and person. Her Instagram stories are so warm and motivational, I really enjoy them. Paige puts a lot of focus into her incredible fitness journey which is so admirable, she's doing so well. She also talks a lot about being a mum and it really is like having a cuppa and a chat with your friend when I watch her stories. 


Kirsty is just an absolute sweetheart, I adore her. Her Instagram stories are my favourite to watch, she is so funny and incredibly smart, I really appreciate her honesty and how funny her boyfriend is. Kirsty's Instagram stories really do brighten my day, she's such a good soul and I just love good people, Kirsty is vibrant, quirky and unique, and I am so thankful for her.



Jenna is seriously underrated on Instagram, her content is SO good and she is SO talented. Jenna is the queen of flat lay photography, so if you love a flat lay Jenna is your gal. Her photography is so well put together and she has a real eye for arrangements, which is really difficult to grasp. I just think she's great, her content is amazing and she's a lovely person in general.



Nikki is one of the funniest people in the blogging industry, her Instagram stories have me howling. Nikki is not just a comedy genius her photography is top notch and her feed is absolute Instagram goals. Even if you're not into beauty, her Instagram stories will have you in stitches whoever you are, Nikki is so much fun and such a breath of fresh air. 



Alice is an incredible blogger and her Instagram feed is full of fashionable outfit of the day pictures that are just so well put together and thought out. Whenever she comes up on my feed with a new look I am just like YAASSSS, every single time. 



Last but certainly not least is my darling, Georgie. I am so proud and inspired by everything Georgie has achieved this year, from campaigning for men to be recognised in the beauty industry to being the face of Superdrug's B Beauty brand. Georgie is a force to be reckoned with and I just know he is only going to be more successful and more powerful in 2018.



@laurahadleyx
Laura is one of the very best beauty bloggers in the industry and her photography skills are so sick that her Instagram feed is to die for. It is full with fresh, original content and is a must follow if you love beauty and want to keep up with the latest beauty via outstanding reviews.


MY FAVOURITE TWEETERS 



Oh my god, Char literally makes me die on twitter. Her tweets have me in stitches sometimes and I never knew someone could make me laugh so much through social media. Char is a blogger too and has an amazing blog that you should all check out. She is warm, bubbly and incredibly witty. 


I bloody love Anoushka, she's so warm and definitely possesses the northern charm. I know that if anything is going on in my life that I was struggling with or something in blogging was bothering me, Anoushka would be there in a heartbeat to advise and support me through things.



Lauren is someone who I consider one of my blogging best friends. We have TOO much in common to not click and I am so thankful for her, she's an amazing person and she's so ambitious and driven, I am just in awe of her successes and her honesty. She's no nonsense and says it exactly as she sees it which is hard to find in people.



Arran is an exceptional good blogger in his own right but his twitter is my favourite part of Arran's presence in the blogging community. Arran is incredibly witty, his back and forths with his partner, Alice, over twitter, are hilarious, but he also is so aware of what's going on in the world and is so intelligent, he is so in touch with the more important things going on and I really appreciate that quality in a person.



Chloe is a sweetheart, she is an incredible beauty blogger and incredible instagrammer too, but her pictures of her new babies chubby cheeks on twitter were the edge to putting Chloe in this category. I love Chloe's relatable and positive approach to social media.



Kat is another blogger who I consider a friend and I feel so lucky to have her. She is so sweet and I love that just like my other blogging friends, if she has something to say she'll say it. Kat is a great blogger and she is always putting out amazing content as well as being a great friend and confidante to so many people in this industry. 
Issy is quick witted, intelligent and outspoken to say the least. She is expecting a little boy in 2018 and if you want honesty on pregnancy, Issy is the gal to follow. Not only are Issy's tweets incredible relatable and hilarious she also talks about issues that are bigger than blogging, which is such an important quality to have when you have a platform to express yourself on.

There are so many more people I want to shout out to but this post would be seriously lengthy if I did. I am so thankful to all of the above for inspiring me, for being so bloody talented and for being a friend to me this year. I can't wait to see what you all achieve in years to come.