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Blogs I Love…#2

This time last November (or there a bouts) I posted about the blogs I love. Twelve months on, I think its time to compile an updated list. A blogs I love #2.

To see the bunch of brilliant blogs I (still) heart, such as Pixiwoo, WishWishWish & Couture Girl, click here.

These chilly evenings spent in the house with a DVD and your laptop can seem a little boring if you’ve got nothing new to entertain you. If, like me, you get sick of looking at the same sites over and again there is nothing better than making a new blog discovery. Something different and fresh to feast your eyes on and while away the hours with. Blogs that are creative, up to date and enjoyable with a lovely friendly blogger making it all happen.

Well, fear not. No matter what your cup of tea, be it beauty, fashion or lifestyle you’re bound to find a blog you love amongst my little lists. Just don’t blame me come Sunday evening when you realise you’ve frittered away an entire weekend clicking around the blogosphere.  Happy reading.




Yorkshire beauty blogger Georgia Cutts is back on the blogging scene after a small hiatus. GRGCTTS (now it’s own domain) has a new look and lots of exciting things in the offing. From this self taught makeup artist and MAC girl you can expect loads of looks you’ll want to recreate, and the blog will provide all the know-how in the form of product reviews, tutorials, YouTube videos, lifestyle posts and Instagram pics that will make you green with envy at what this girl can do with an eyeliner brush and brow pencil.  



Twenty six year old Hanan provides you with a little bit of everything over on LoveHanan.com. Lifestyle posts detailing her time spent out and about at events, from food to music Hanan takes you along for the ride with her own pictures too. Her beauty and fashion posts contain reviews, how-to’s, discussions and advice. What I really love about this blog is that the home page makes your reading experience easy and enjoyable. Each section of the blog is separated into its own part. Don’t feel like reading a beauty post? No problem! Just avoid clicking the beauty button. Feeling like something more life based? Click lifestyle instead! I look forward to reading more from Hanan in the future.




I love clicking on to InTheFrow.com, a girly, friendly, pretty corner of the net. Manchester based blogger Victoria certainly knows her stuff being a fashion doctorate graduate, she runs this lovely blog in her spare time. Predominantly fashion and beauty you will find reviews and tutorials on cosmetics, hair, nails and skin care as well as outfit and how to wear posts. But that isn’t all there is to discover on InTheFrow. Carry on clicking to find life posts, videos, travel and event diaries and wish lists. Brilliant for inspiration and ideas.

Cosmetic Crave

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Welcome to Cosmetic Crave, a beauty blog (hence the name) run by Hannah. Hannah has created the only place to go if you’re looking to have a beauty binge. If it’s a new product you need look no further for ideas than Cosmetic Crave. Hair and nails are a fave on this blog along with product testing, new finds, tips and tricks, haul posts, bargain buys and guest blogging. Hannah is lovely to chat to so if you have a question send her a tweet!


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Gh0stParties is a charming blog with beautiful photography brought to life by Kate. A pleasant place to visit I love this blog for its wide variety of post topics. The life section contains picture posts, life updates, tips and advice on blogging to photography to being more organised (another list lover like myself!) Click the ‘Inspiration’ tab for room tours and home interiors, head over to ‘Food’ for mouth-watering pictures, restaurant reviews and food diaries. The ‘Beauty’ and ‘Style’ tabs house reviews, lookbooks, hauls, outfit posts, affordable alternatives (which I love,) sneak peeks into events and how-to’s. The posts are endless and the blog is wonderful. If you’re not familiar with it already, it’s a must click.

So there you go, an updated look at the blogs I love. These are just some of the blogs I have saved to my reading list and visit on a regular basis. I believe there is nothing better of an evening than sitting and catching up on all the latest posts. When there is nothing on the telly and you feel like taking a break from Twitter I hope this post has helped direct you to some of the prettiest, friendliest, most entertaining and informative blogs in the blogosphere.

All the links will be added to my blogroll (right hand side of the page) so will be available for clicking whenever you fancy. Don’t forget to check out these bloggers on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, BlogLovin, Tumblr, Instagram etc etc, (phew!) for hours more entertainment! You’ll find those links on their respective blogs.

Ciao for now bella’s.



P.s I hope you like the new header, felt like going for a more simplistic look for the time being. 


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Instagram Diary & A Quick Note…

Hi guys!

It’s been a while hasn’t it? Lately the time seems to have run away from me and whenever I’ve sat down to write a post I’ve either hit a literary wall (literary, not literal, ouch!) or I have been distracted by something else. I know, bad blogger. But I am happy to report that I’m working on a post that should be up at some point during the week. 

Also, this Instagram Diary contains pics from the last two weeks as I tried to post up last Sunday but for some reason my WordPress account was acting all kinds of hell crazy and barred me from posting on my own blog. Rude. 

Anyway, enjoy and keep your eye on the fresh post popping up on here soon. 


1. MAC Candy Yum Yum. Have been coveting this for WEEKS and had to order online in the end. £14. 

2. Had my hair did. If only it would look like that without me having to do anything.

3. New Ralph Lauren specs. It’s scandalous that it costs an absolute fortune to not be blind.

4. Longest plate ever. Surely you get shorter runways.

5. So I figure it’s like this: there are 365 days in a year and in this country only about 9 of them will be sunny so you have to eat the McFlurries while you can.

6. Since the glasses cost a small fortune I better wear this pair.

7. Stop the press! A latte that wasn’t from Costa that I actually enjoyed. Shock face :-O 

8. In my opinion stupidly expensive for a lipstick but it had to be done at least once. Estee Lauder Crystal Honey.

9. New Jumper. Wallis.

10. Bunnies! Sunny day at Clumber Park.

11. Hoop earrings. River Island. I checked that I didn’t look like Tina McIntyre or a big fat gypsy bride before purchasing. 

12. Phone’s new outfit.

13. Oh hi pink lips! 

14. I have discovered the Illamasqua counter in Meadowhall. God help us all, but mostly me. 

15. Bright leopard print nails. Combination of Topshop, Illamasqua, Essie & Models Own polishes. 

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Have a happy week.

Jemm xoxo

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Instagram Diary: Week In Pictures




1. Finally upgraded my phone, long overdue. Hello shiny new iPhone 5 🙂

2. My fabulous new Topshop boots. Saw them. Tried them. Brought them.

3. The sparkly phone case I received for Christmas that now doesn’t fit thanks to my new iPhone 5 😦

4. Back to blogging, expect a new post tomorrow.

5. New galaxy print phone case. This one actually fits an iPhone 5. Happy days.

6. Mamma Smith surprised me with mint M&M’s. 

7. Yes, that’s right, I said MINT M&M’s!

8. Coffe & Walnut cake. My first ever tasting. It won’t be my last.

9. How cold has it turned? Everyone should should go to Costa and drink a latte to warm up.

10. Boots haul. Tangle Teezer Aqua Splash, VO5 Hot Oil & Miracle Concentrate, Real Techniques Lash Brow Groomer & Cosmo Mag

11. Every issue of Company Magazine since 2008. Time for a clear out? Nah.

12. New obsession with sweet potatoes and salad.

13. Black and white me.

14. Mamma Smith split the TV screen in two. Queue momentary panic before Corrie.

15. Latest nails. Black with pink glitter fade. Essie & Nails Inc.

16. Cinema time with the bestest. The Impossible is a brilliant film. Go see.

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Jemm xoxo


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Blogs I love

Just a little Friday post to help keep you entertained this weekend. It’s cold, it’s rainy and you’re tucked up on the sofa with your laptop by your side. Where to click next?

I’ve got it all figured out for you. It’s always nice to share the blogging love (maybe it isn’t done often enough) so here’s a little post about some of the blogs I can’t help but click too. Be warned, you can loose some serious time checking out these brilliant blogs, before you know it half the day will be gone! So sit back, chillax and get your clicking finger ready…


I discovered this blog a while ago and boy has it taken up my time! Professional make up artist sisters Sam and Nic blog about all their latest beauty finds in this little corner of the net. There are product reviews, interviews with other makeup artists and awesome hints and tips. However it is the video tutorials that will occupy most of your time. I’ve lost a good few hours to the Pixiwoo YouTube channel. Sam and Nic cover everything from basic make up looks to creative & costume, make up trends, celebrity looks and period make up styles. If you’re into cosmetics then you must check out this blog. 


This has been a favourite of mine for a while. Carrie predominantly blogs about fashion and style but you’ll discover some lovely beauty posts too. WishWishWish also offers you a peek into Carrie’s travels and interesting encounters. Not only entertaining for the mind but also appealing to the eyes, as the photography on the site is simply beautiful.  


This is my most recent discovery and one that I was over the moon to make. On Zoella Zoe covers a little bit of everything, beauty, fashion and life. Once you start reading Zoe’s posts you can’t stop and what’s more she has her own YouTube channel where the entertainment just keeps on coming. Zoe vlogs about all her latest fash and beauty purchases as well as making you smile with some fun and quirky videos. Take a look.


You won’t find a lovelier blog than What Olivia Did. You also won’t find a sweeter person than Olivia Purvis. Liv blogs about the latest fashion trends, the up to date beauty buzz, interesting interviews, yummy recipes, charming places and pretty pictures. What more could you want?  And that’s all I have to say on this one.


With Couture Girl, Kayleigh has created a girly fashion and beauty blog that is perfect for high street shopping ideas. Outfit posts, beauty how to’s, product reviews and wish lists all work together to generate image inspiration and a strange desire to part with your money the next time you go to the shops! With a MAC makeup obsession to rival my own Kayleigh is the kind of girl I could be mates with.


Where to start with Scarlett London? Created by Scarlett Dixon and run by a team (it got that big) Scarlett London encompasses everything you’d want to read in a blog. It’s practically a magazine in blog form. Lets call it a blogazine. (I just invented that word.) Covering everything from food to fashion, beauty to events, features to gossip and TV to reviews it really is worth a visit. Click, click!

http://www.llymlrs.com  / http://www.etcllymlrs.com

The thing I love about Lily Melrose is that you can always count on her for an honest review. If she loves it, she’ll tell you. If she hates it, she’ll still tell you. You gots to appreciate people telling it like it is. Not content with one Lily runs two blogs, the first, llymlrs, is dedicated to her passion for fashion and is great for style inspiration and the second, etc llymlrs, is given solely to beauty.


Wonderful You is aptly named because it really is a wonderful blog. Megan has done a fabulous job of creating an engaging place on the net to read about fashion, beauty and crafty pieces. With guest posts and YouTube videos Meg likes to mix it up to keep her readers happy. Head on over there. You won’t regret it.

I hope that has helped you occupy your weekend hours. These are the blogs that I click to instinctively to keep up to date with all the latest posts that these talented ladies provide. You can find all these blogs on my blogroll (scroll down, right hand side of the page!) I’m always on the look out for interesting new blogs to read so I’m sure there will be an updated version of this post at some point in the future.

What blogs are you loving? Any that I just need to know about? You know what to do, comment in the box or send me a tweet!

Jemm xoxo

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So what have we all been up to then?

Before I even say hello I’m going to kick this post off with an apology. I have been somewhat absent from the blogging scene lately what with one thing and another. I was away on holiday and then had other projects to dedicate my attention to when I got back.

I haven’t posted properly in quite a while due to feeling a little bit ‘blah’ about blogging. The intention was there but sadly the motivation was not. I’d find myself staring at my Mac screen having no idea on what to say/write and I admit that lasted for quite a while. Blogging started to feel forced and therefore stopped being fun, and if a hobby isn’t fun why do it? 

However over that past couple of weeks I’ve got my shiz together and the urge to blog has returned to me along with some new ideas. Happy days! So lets just view this little absence as a blog-cation (vacation for your blog.) A chance to have a rest and re-charge those blogging batteries. Normal posting will now resume and I can’t wait to get back into it.

So we can have a little catch up I thought I’d post a little Instagram diary of what I’ve been up to 

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L-R: The first two rows of pics are from my holiday in sunny Tenerife. A perfect two weeks. Next up it’s myself and Mamma Smith, The first thing I did on my return was head to Costa for a hazelnut latte, A Cath Kidston keyring from my sis, New Mac shadows in Cranberry & Sketch, My face, Latest Topshop purchase, Cute nails, New tattoo, Latest read, Tea time :), Fresh makeup face, Dad brought a bag back from Vegas made entirely from recycled barcodes!, Along with half a Dollar I’m thinking of turning it into a bracelet, Already feeling Christmassy with this star filed bauble, Glittery nails, New Topshop polish in Brazil, Big Ben Pandora charm, had my hair dip dyed over the weekend, Getting in the Halloween spirit with nibbles and a pumpkin carved for a Halloween wedding. 

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What have you guys been up to? Anyone been dressing fancy for Halloween? 

Jemm xoxo

P.s New post coming at you on the morrow.

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Week In Pictures

L-R: Piccolino’s in Sheffield, Yummy lasagne, My fave dessert tiramisu, Chilling in my pj’s watching tv, Summers here!, Cloudless sky, Rocket lolly, Size is Just a Number post, Flower blooms, Tandoori chicken burger lunch at Zest with a friend, Cute ‘ Good luck with your operation’ card, Essie in Lovie Dovie, Waldo Pancake products make me laugh, Here comes the sun, Hardcore door curtain to keep the wasps out, Barbecue and smoked paprika roasted new potatoes, BBQ time, This weeks Polish Post nails, Customary Costa Hazelnut latte, Getting my blood sucked at the hospital before my op, Friday night Chinese meal.

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Jemm xoxo

P.s Won’t be able to blog for a week or so as I’m heading into hospital tomorrow for an operation. Should be confined to the hospital for about a week (Urgh!) so I won’t be blogging till I get back home. As soon as I’m back I’ll get back too it. Have a lovely week whatever you’re up to.


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Week In Pictures

L-R: Sparkly crystal butterfly, Costa Vanilla cooler, A massive chunk taken out of my Topshop Lipstick in Clueless, grrr, My glittery compact mirror, Tea time, Half of me, Topshop aztec pj’s I ordered, One of my favourite ever quotes, Blogging, PostThe age of iPhone ignorance,’ My local Boots finally has Essie, Moi, Topshop charity bracelet, This weeks nail polish binge, Topshop delivery, My funky aztec pj shorts, The polish I was rocking this week (post) Mum’s cute new dish brush, Lovely flowers, ASOS delivery of my leopard print bikini, Baking scones.

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Jemm xoxo

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