Thursday, 24 December 2015

We Made It | 24 Days of Modedeviebel

We made it - Day Twenty-Four of 24 Days of ModedeviebelYAY!

I'm taking a break from blasting my Christmas playlist which is surely annoying the neighbours and snuggling up against the fire to write my final Blogmas post.

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Christmas Past | 24 Days of Modedeviebel

Happy Christmas Eve Eve!

Woah, Day Twenty-Three of 24 Days of Modedeviebel already... how time flies! As we only have two days left of Blogmas I thought their would be nothing more fitting than to share some of my favourite and most memorable Christmas photos of me from when I was little!

I Lied | 24 Days of Modedeviebel

I lied... I'm not going off line quite yet.

Honestly I would just like to have a little catch up with you! What have been your favourite parts of Blogmas? Any favourite vloggers or bloggers in which you could recommend? What about December in general? What about today?

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Winter Makeup | 24 Days of Modedeviebel

Welcome to Day Twenty-One of 24 Days of Modedeviebel where today I will be talking about my everyday Winter Makeup! Before we start I would just like to say I am no way in any shape or form a professional LOL this is simply just the way that works for me even if it's wrong.

Monday, 21 December 2015

My Blogmas Experience | 24 Days of Modedeviebel far!

Even though it is only Day Twenty of 24 Day of Modedeviebel, there are many things I have learned from doing Blogmas. Posting good quality daily content is not as easy as it would seem which is why have come up with a few tips to take on board if you ever plan to blog daily.

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Do Over | 24 Days of Modedeviebel

Hello and welcome to Day Nineteen of 24 Days of Modedeviebel (a day late.. oops!) I am currently sat on my sofa watching none other than Home Alone listening to my pup snore beside me.

This weekend has been fairly laid back. I have spent the majority of it over at my dads house, decorating my room and writing a few blogpost here and there whilst waiting for the paint to dry. Nonetheless, my bedroom walls aren't the only thing I seem to be refurbishing at the moment.

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Christmas In Manchester | 24 Days of Modedeviebel

We are now on Day Eighteen of 24 Days of Modedeviebel and it is exactly a week until Christmas Day - YAY

A big part of Christmas (especially for me) is travelling. Visiting distant friends and family along with taking part in all the little Christmas traditions near where they live. That's why I have come up with a few must-visits if you find yourself in the Manchester area this December.

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Winter Walks | 24 Days of Modedeviebel


Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Six Everyday Beauty Hacks | 24 Days of Modedeviebel

Beauty hacks - we all need them! 

Whether it's via a conversation with my friends or something I have stumbled across on the internet, I have lost count of the amount of times I have discovered a new beauty hack that has made me life a whole lot easier. Therefore, on Day Sixteen of 24 Days of Modedeviebel I plan to share my top Six Everyday Beauty Hacks with you!

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Christmas Wish List | 24 Days of Modedeviebel

Day Fifteen of 24 Days of Modedeviebel and there are only nine days left until the 25th... woah! Per usual, December is sadly flying by but thankfully I finished all my Christmas shopping in November surprise surprise! Shopping for my friends and family has always been one of my highlights of my Christmas experiences, however when it comes to myself... Let's just say I'm not the easiest person to buy for.

Monday, 14 December 2015

Surprise! | 24 Days of Modedeviebel

We all like surprises.

Small things like a flower or a note... a car ride or an ice cream. Simple things that could perk up a special someones day. Therefore with the festive season upon us, Day Fourteen of 24 Days of Modedeviebel will be about My Little Box.

Sunday, 13 December 2015

100% Ready | 24 Days of Modedeviebel

Welcome to Day Thirteen of 24 Days of Modedeviebel! Today has been a very busy day... We travelled to our local garden centre, picked our Christmas tree (given it was the last one there - apparently everyone bought their Christmas tree today) along with some pretty new baubles from John Lewis. The tree is now up and I am 100% ready for the 25th!

Saturday, 12 December 2015

Do You Want To Bake A Cupcake | 24 Days of Modedeviebel

It doesn't have to be a cupcake, except that's what we're doing today...

Congratulations - we are officially half way through Blogmas! That's why on Day Twelve of 24 Days of Modedeviebel there is no better way to celebrate than to bake some cupcakes! As sad as this may seem, since my Frozen bubble bath on Day Ten I have felt very much inspired by Frozen which is precisely why for the first time in forever I will not be baking your 'everyday' cupcakes! Sorry about all the  Frozen puns...

Friday, 11 December 2015

My Beautiful Self | 24 Days of Modedeviebel

"You're not pretty enough."

"Who would like her?!"

"You would look better with a little makeup..."

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Let It Go | 24 Days of Modedeviebel

This week I haven’t been feeling to great… Whether it be end of term stress or the cold weather, either way I’m not feeling myself. That’s why on Day Ten of 24 Days of Modedeviebel I want to talk about the perfect pick me-up bath!

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

A Rainy Day Guide | 24 Days of Modedeviebel

Now that is December, it is safe to say that here in the UK we are guaranteed a lot of rain... Over the last month or so the weather has been manageable (a little shower here and there) but now it seems as though the heavens have opened! That's why on Day Nine of 24 Days of Modedeviebel I have come up with A Rainy Day Guide to keep you (or more myself) entertained.

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Step Back, It's Ok | 24 Days of Modedeviebel

This a bit of a strange topic to be talking about for Day Eight of 24 Days of Modedeviebel, however it seems to be one that has come up quite frequently recently and I couldn't avoid it much longer. I'm not quite sure where to start, so lets just go with the beginning...

Monday, 7 December 2015

Happy Half Birthday To Me | 24 Days of Modedeviebel

It has been exactly 6 months since I turned 18 Happy Half Birthday To Me and I'm not sure if I'm content or terrified. On one hand, I am able to do practically anything. On the other, I am able to do practically anything. Having being 18 for 6 months now is that little remainder that I am slowly but surely becoming an adult.

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Festive Feels | 24 Days of Modedeviebel

Day Six of 24 Days of Modedeviebel and there are now only 19 days left until the 25th which has left me feeling extremely Christmassy, so why not turn my festive feels into a blogpost? Like most people, I have many small traditions and traits of December I enjoy on the run up to Christmas that I would like to share with you...

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Christmas Quota | 24 Days of Modedeviebel

There is no shame in saying Christmas can be a very expensive time of the year, especially for Students! That's why Day Five of 24 Days of Modedeviebel is all about the Christmas Quota; changing little aspects to make Christmas that little more affordable.

Friday, 4 December 2015

De-Stress Day | 24 Days of Modedeviebel

Since it's a Friday on Day Four of 24 Days of Modedeviebel I believe it's a perfect time to unwind after a long week and this Six Stage Pamper Night is a perfect way to achieve just that!

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Embrace Your Inner Child | 24 Days of Modedeviebel

I have always enjoyed all things Arts and Crafts due to my incredibly talented Mum who, throughout my life, has encouraged both me and my Sister to be imaginative and creative. When we were little, we used to make handmade cards for all occasions, including Christmas, for my Mum to sell at her Jewellers.

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Lisztomania | 24 Days of Modedeviebel

On Day Two of 24 Days of Modedeviebel I believe it is completely acceptable to bring out the Classic Christmas Hits... maybe not so much in October but my time has finally arrived!

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Hello December | 24 Days of Modedeviebel

Hello everyone and welcome to Day One of 24 Days of Modedeviebel! This month I have decided to do Blogmas up until the 24th of December meaning (if all goes to plan) I will be blogging everyday leading to Christmas. This past month has been a little disappointing from my end so Blogmas seems like the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time on Modedeviebel and have plenty of Christmas Chats with my lovely readers! So with that in mind, lets begin!

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Celebrating Bonfire Night


Thursday, 5 November 2015

The Liebster Awards

As you may know, this isn't my first time running a blog... However, this is the first time I have felt 'somewhat' successful at running one. I have spent quality time designing my blog, both in appearance and context, and have already received (in the little time modedeviebel has been up and running) multiple emails, comments and messages on my social media from both readers and fellow bloggers.

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

An Autumn Visit to Chatsworth House


Sunday, 1 November 2015

October Treats

Happy 1st of November everyone!

Even though I am super duper excited for the run up to Christmas, I do love autumn. The colours, the lights... even the weather! So I thought for this weeks blogpost we could keep a little autumn going in the form of Homemade Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars!

If you have just carved your pumpkin and are unsure what to do with it now Halloween is over, this easy recipe will allow you to turn that scary face into a yummy dessert.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

  • 20 Oreos
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons of melted butter
  • 16 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • Hot water
  • AND MOST IMPORTANTLY 1 cup pumpkin puree

First off, preheat your oven to 180-degrees C.

Next, as part of your prep you need to grease proof your cheesecake baking tin as well as line both that tin and a normal baking tray with grease proof paper allowing it to overhang slightly.

Making a start on the homemade pumpkin puree, firstly chop a small pumpkin in half and scoop out all the seeds and pulp. Personally, I would place the seeds to one side as you can use them for many other DIY activities and baking! Once pulp free, continue to chop the pieces into quarters and place them on your baking tray. Put them in the oven for 45 minutes; this should leave them a fork tender, nice golden brown colour, as well as your house smelling extremely festive! From there you should easily be able to peel away the skin from the pumpkin flesh. Now all you simply have to do is blend away! I would suggest chopping your pumpkin into smaller pieces to make it easier and adding a little water to help the process along, however I would carefully consider the amount you are adding as you don't want your puree to become to watery.

Now on to the cheesecake!

First off, empty all the Oreos into a bowl and crush them until they are half way decent to being fully grounded. Gradually mix in the melted butter before emptying the contents equally surfaced into your baking tin and bake for 10 minutes. Once done, set aside and allow to cool for at least another 10 minutes.

Using an electric mix on a medium speed, beat both the cream cheese and sugar. If you don't own an electric mix don't worry, it can be done just as easily with a wooden spoon. Once smooth, add the pumpkin puree and eggs one at a time and beat. Continue by adding the vanilla essence, cinnamon, ginger, ground allspice, salt and flour until they are all smoothly combined. Going off recipe slightly, I added a little orange food colouring to give the cheesecake a little more pumpkin colour. Pour this mixture evenly over the prepared Oreo crust. 

Next, pour hot water into an empty baking tray or pan that is a little bigger than your cheesecake tin before placing the cheesecake tin over it (this is so the eggs in the mixture cook properly) and place in the centre of the oven. Bake for 40-45 minutes until the mixture is set around the edges but still slightly jiggly in the middle. Once cooked, let the cheesecake cool before covering it and letting it set in a fridge for at least 3 hours.

And voila - a perfect October treat to keep you happy this autumn!

Thursday, 22 October 2015

A Little Late Night Photography


Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Understanding and Managing Anxiety

Over the recent week I have found myself struggling with my anxiety, so I thought for this weeks blogpost I should talk about understanding and managing anxiety, finding ways to help overcome it.

Just to pre warn you I am in no way in any shape or form an expert on this topic - this is from personal experience and what I know helps in my situation.

If you have never suffered from anxiety, or you're just unfamiliar with the concept, I would describe it as the butterfly feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when waiting for something, but not in a good way... I often struggle with anxiety at large social events and situations that are entirely new to me. The experience of anxiety will vary from person to person and no two people will react entirely the same or to the same thing. However possible symptoms can include confusion, sweating trembling, rapid heart beat, avoidance behaviour, dizziness/faintness, difficulty breathing, irritability, nausea and restlessness.

Personally, I constantly feel on edge expecting the worst. I have a tendency to "attempt" to distract myself and avoid interacting with people including my friends and family as I don't like people I care about seeing me that way. I go numb and lose the ability to do most normal things. Despite all this, the worst part (most definitely for me) is the fear of a panic attack. The daily frustration of 'anxiety and stress' was at one point ruining my life. It was taking away so much of my capability and I honestly felt that it would never go away.

Nowadays I feel as though I am coping much better. I still suffer from panic attacks if things get on top of me or in certain situations, but the most important thing is that they're as not as regular as I am finding plausible and effective ways of preventing them. This topic is one the main reason why I started my blog. I wanted to help prevent anyone else from going through the pure intensity of suffering from anxiety. So all in all, if this blogpost helps just one person alone, I'm happy!

A Healthier Lifestyle

I know this can sound strange as it is supposedly the answer to everything, but all aspects of having a healthier lifestyle can really make a world of difference!

We all know what this means; reduce your daily intake of fat and sugar and eat more fruits and vegetables. This doesn't necessarily mean cut them out all together, just balance your meals and consider what you are putting into your body. This also doesn't mean your meals need to be bland and boring either, simply have a gander on the internet and in no time at all you will find a variety of new, fun recipes to give a try (I do it all the time). Water is also a great factor in having a healthier diet. I have been drinking water as a substitute to drinks such as orange juice recently, and I can already see the difference in my skin because of this. Honestly, this simple method has made me feel significantly better in all aspects.

Additionally to a healthier diet, achieving an all over healthier lifestyle also consists of getting out and about. This doesn't have to be extensive amounts of exercise, as the aim of this is NOT to lose weight! You just simply have to get your heart pumping! Many studies have shown that daily exercise is an excellent form of anxiety treatment, as it reduces the stress hormones and replaces them with the 'feel good' hormones. The exercise you do doesn't necessarily have to be conventional either. Join clubs, take your neighbours dog for a walk, go for a run with friends, or if you just want to be on your own, plug in some headphones and move in any way you want! Anything fun that interests you will help your anxiety levels.

Personally, I take my dog out at least twice a day up to the woods near where I live. It's a great way I often deal with stress as the fresh air and easy exercise is deeply relaxing. I also try to do a workout three to four times a week but if like me you struggle with forms of social anxiety and can't get to a gym, there are plenty of options to do this at home. I use Anna Saccone's workout videos that you can find on youtube. They can easily be adjusted to how much exercise you are capable of doing and are well explained so it would be hard to fall behind... plus the Sacconejoly's are my favourite youtubers!

Overall, feeling comfortable with your body can have such a positive impact on your anxiety, and improving the lifestyle you live is one of the constructive ways I have found of effectively managing it.


Relaxation Therapies

There are multiple relaxation therapies such as massages, yoga and meditation that can really help with anxiety by releasing more of those 'good hormones'. As well as being incredibly relaxing and soothing, they have other amazing benefits to your overall health which help your body deal with stressful situations, therefore preventing panic attacks. Personally, I also think this is another positive and fun form of distraction.

Also, breathing exercises (as shown here are a fantastic relaxation therapy. Whenever I am stressed or things are just a little too much, I always stop what I am doing and breathe. When a person is under stress, shallow, rapid breathing is typically part of the response and this overall makes the physical symptoms of stress worse. By simply breathing in a slow, gentle and even manner it helps to control your nervous system and encourage your body to relax.

What's more, whenever feeling at all stressed or anxious, always put some time aside in your day to have some well earned you-time! Spend some time relaxing the way you relax the most, whether it be hanging out with friends, running a bath, reading a good book or watching reruns of your favourite TV series insert sherlock theme tune here...



Another way I often manage my anxiety is through the use of technology. Over recent years I have downloaded plenty of apps to my iPhone, however the two that I have the found most helpful are Calm and rain rain

Calm is an interactive app where you can learn the basics of mindfulness and meditation through guided meditation sessions. You simply plug in your headphones and press play. Also, this app has multiple built in immersive nature scenes so you can chose a background and sound that will help relax you the most. 

Similarly, rain rain is a simple and easy to use app that allows you to play natural sounds such as a rain storm, rain on a tent, city rain, forrest rain... you get the gist! Personally, a good rain storm relaxes me the most so sounds like these come in very useful. One of my favourites has to be rain on a tent as it reminds me of being a child on a not-so-sunny British holiday, in a warm sleeping bag listening to the heavy rain on the side of the tent. Another thing I love about this app is that you can set a sleep timer, so if you have trouble sleeping you can easily play rain rain for an hour or so without the worry of it running down your battery once you have fallen asleep. I would definitely recommend downloading this app!

Lastly, using the internet in general can massively improve your anxiety. There and so many websites that I have come across in the past that have helped me understand what anxiety is and how I view it. Alongside this, there are plenty of group chats or social networking sites that have users that have been through similar symptoms or situations. If this doesn't suit you as much, my inbox on all my social media is always open! 

From personal experience, I know that making the first move and talking to someone is a big step. The first person I talked to was anonymous via wattpad and all I knew was that she had been suffering from anxiety and depression for the last six years. Madeline helped me gradually build up my confidence to tell someone I knew how I felt (even though my parents had already sussed it out). In the beginning we spoke only about our anxiety, but after a while we often talked about both our diverse lives including college, friends & family, boyfriends, what we loved, what we aspired to be - she even taught me Australian slang! The Aussie was absolutely bonzo! Oh I'm such a drongo... Either way, not only did Madeline play a big part on my road to managing anxiety, but has also become one of my closest friends.



Finally, keep away from the people who belittle your ambitions, small people always do that. Once you learn how to be happy, don't tolerate people who make you feel anything less.

Surround yourself with people who have dreams and desires and ambitions and who can push you into achieving just as much. 

Surround yourself with people who make you the better version of you without trying to be anyone except yourself!


End Note

As you can tell, I have been avoiding one thing that might get recommended to you by your GP/doctor and that is some form of medication. If you have tried many suggestions such as the ones above I would encourage you to start counselling. If you are still a student (whether you attend secondary school or university) there is always an option to have counselling through the school as that is what I did last year. However, I know this can be an issue if you no longer attend a school, as applying through the NHS (unless you go private) can end up being an extremely long waiting list.

If this does end up happening, there are some medication options that can help you cope in the mean time, but I strongly recommend talking to both your GP/doctor and parents/guardians as this is a big choice. Sometimes when my anxiety is extremely bad I take a prescription called Propranolol as it helps to relax me and tends to prevent panic attacks. However if you do go down this route it is so important not to become to reliant on any medication such as this prescribed.    

As I said earlier, I am no way in any shape or form an expert on anxiety, but all my suggestions above have truly helped me. I feel like a more confident, lively person and I suffer from far less panic attacks. 

I guess all I really want to say is please don't isolate yourself. There are so many options out there, from people to talk to and websites discussing ways of effectively dealing with your anxiety. Nothing is black and white; you can make the world into anything you want it to be. You only have one life, so don't let your anxiety rule it.

• the purpose of life is a life of purpose •

I hope you enjoyed this extremely long oh my days blog post. If you have any questions or suggestions or would just like someone to talk to don't hesitate on leaving a comment.

Lots of love,

Thursday, 15 October 2015

A Pretty Little Liar Halloween

As some of you may know, Autumn is one of my favourite seasons and soon the pumpkin bunting will be up! I am so very excited as you can see by my use of exclamation marks!! A big part of Halloween is deciding what to dress up as and this year I didn't want to splash out on a costume. Therefore, I came up with a few ideas but I think this is my favourite; a masked figure similar to Charles from Pretty Little Liars. I've decided to recreate the mask from Season 5, Episode 25, "Welcome to the Dollhouse" as (for me) it was one of the most rememberable and exciting season finales!

To do this I simply bought a plastic mask for £1 from my local shop (you can get these practically anywhere) and paint that I already had at home. First off, I outlined the cross in the centre of the mask using a pencil, to set the basic framework of the design. I would also recommend removing the elastic string from the mask before you start painting, as the string can get in the way. Following the design, I simply started painting in the red and black triangles before slightly going over them with a glittery gold paint. And that's it - easy peasy! I would pair this off with anything black that you feel comfortable in... I'm thinking high waisted skinny jeans, a crop top and some heels.

Charles Mask:


I hope you enjoyed this blog post and have an amazing Halloween! Also, let me know in the comments what you decide on dressing up as!

Kissses, A

Monday, 12 October 2015

I've Joined Bloglovin!

Hello everyone! Just a quick post to say... I'VE JOINED BLOGLOVIN! I'm so excited to start adding and reading all your lovely blogs. If you could give me a follow I'd be very grateful. Thank you for all your wonderful support and I'll hopefully see you soon!

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Tuesday, 6 October 2015

25 Facts About Me

1. My favourite colour is yellow

2. Audrey Hepburn is my favourite actress

3. I always carry around mints

4. I can never spell 'definitely' and believe it or not it took me a good five minutes to write this

5. I really want to travel the world

6. I wish I had a larger vocabulary

7. Christmas time is the best time of year

8. The first thing I do when I wake up is check my Instagram

9. I can not sleep with socks on!

10. I love Irish accents

11. Watching the rain relaxes me the most

12. My favourite song currently is A Violent Sky by Apparat

13. My celebrity crush has to be either Harry Styles or Ian Somerhalder

14. Disney movies are the best kind of movies

15. I have a 2am playlist on my phone

16. The Vampire Diaries is my guilty pleasure

17. I don't like fizzy drinks but I always order them at restaurants...

18. My favourite Disney movie is by far Beauty and the Beast

19. I collect lighters and postcards when I go abroad

20. I always listen to a song way too much then end up hating it

21. I enjoy photography and making my own short films

22. My favourite emoji is either the snowman or the pumpkin

23. Autumn is my favourite season

24. I am petrified of lifts so my friends hate me because I always make them take the stairs

25. I'm obsessed with vanilla scented candles

I hope you liked this post - I have seen a lot of other bloggers start with facts about themselves so I thought I'd do that too. I'd love to hear 25 facts about you as well - if you have any strange habits like me then please leave a comment below and we can laugh about it together.


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