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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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Friday Faves…

It’s Friday again! 



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I wish you all a happy weekend!

Pics: Pinterest repinned from LaurenConrad.com, Pinterest repinned from Emma Louise Clayton, Instagram Islaay, Instagram PinkDessert, Instagram grgctts

Jemm xoxo

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Friday Faves…

It’s Friiiiiiiiday! Here are this weeks faves:




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Pretty Pastels:


Happy weekend!

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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



1. ASOS delivery containing three potential dresses for a wedding this summer. Will Instagram a pic of the final outfit once I have it all together.

2. Old fashioned sweet shop, had all the old faves: Kola Cubes, Millions, Poppets, Push Pops, Sherbet Dips the lot!

3. Parkin cake. I know its supposed to be a winter thing but I love it soo much. Fave cake by far, I warm it up in the microwave!

4. The nails I’m sporting at the mo. Topshop polish with a pink Nails Inc glitter fade and loose glitter sprinkled over the top.

5. Surprising for me since I’m usually a Topshop girl but I got these cute vest tops and denim shorts from H&M.

6. New shoes from New Look to wear with my summer wedding outfit, apparently wearing my beloved boots wouldn’t be acceptable!

7. Jazzels! 

8. Strawberry mocktail thing at the indian. Far too sweet for me, had about three sips and made my sister drink the rest! I’ll stick to my water from now on.

9. Really like these new Topshop shadows. This one is Woodland Walk.

10. Feeling really poorly today so ice cream was in order. I know it must be bad when ice cream fails to make me feel better.

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Jemm xoxo


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Instagram Diary



1. New Topshop polishes. A simple white (Spilled Milk) and a new glitter they got in this week (Magpie.)

2. Chocolate and stars all in the same bag?! Perfect!

3. Couldn’t resist this Fashion book bible. Total bargain, the history of fashion and costume all in one place with some beautiful pictures to accompany it.

4. Shiny pink windmill to twirl in the breeze = happy garden 🙂

5. Chocolate and honeycomb ice cream sundae. Cheeky treat after lunch with a friend. Sooo nice!

6. Wasn’t sure what I’d make of this Barry M Gelly shade in Greenberry but I LOVE it! So bright and summery, I teamed it with a glittery accent nail in my new Topshop Magpie polish.

7. Can’t be arced to make tea? Get a pizza in! Chicken BBQ is a fave.

8. I love a MAC purchase, been after these two for ages. Woodwinked eyeshadow and Creme Cup lipstick.

9. Katsu Curry lunch at Rice with Mamma Smith.

10. Todays Make up face.

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Jemm xoxo


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Size Is Just A Number

We’ve all been there. Stood in the changing rooms of our favourite shops trying on that dress/those jeans in our regular size, desperately trying to rectify the glaringly obvious: that they just don’t fit. You stand there blaming the ‘fat mirrors’ like you’re in some carnival attraction, strenuously denying and delaying the fact that you’ll have to try on the bigger size. You know you’re a size 10 for Christ’s sakes so there is absolutely, positively, NO WAY you’re trying on a 12. You don’t care that it could make all the difference. You would rather leave empty handed than have to admit to that fact that you couldn’t get the 10 over your thighs.

You exit the changing rooms rather flushed and on a definite low mumbling something to your friends about it “just not being right.”

On the flip side nothing can quite compare (not even chocolate or cupcakes) to the thrilling high of discovering that your normal size is too big. You take great pleasure in having to ask your friends/the shop assistant for a smaller size. You stand in front of those mirrors feeling like a million dollars. You’re as smug as the Cheshire Cat when he’s patronising Alice, hell, you know that somewhere out there you must have a friggin fairy godmother. You automatically see yourself in a whole new light.

In this scenario you exit the changing rooms half a stone lighter than when you walked in, questioning why you ever thought you needed to go on a diet or hit the gym when your obviously Cheryl bloody Cole.

Two totally different outcomes, two totally different ways in which the changing room experience can affect your mood. But unfortunately this is the gamble we take every time we close the curtain to try on something new. But why?

The reason is there is no such thing as a standard dress size any more. No matter if you are usually a size 8 or a size 18 it’s virtually impossible to be the same size across all high street stores. This is because each retailer will size their clothes depending on their own research and their own set of rules resulting in varying measurements and therefore varying sizes. The mind boggles. Of course it would be so much easier if all the retailers got together and agreed upon a standard size guide ensuring that you would be a regular size across all stores, but hey, since when has life been easy?!

I myself have been on the receiving end of the changing rooms of chance. As a usual size 8 I was thrilled when in Topshop I found a dress that fit far better in a 6. This probably had more to do with the style of dress and less to do with dropping a dress size in the time it took to walk from shop floor to fitting room. Still my confidence was boosted. Happy days. 

Then there is the story of the bikini hunt. I’ve been looking for some new bikini’s for a while and started my search in Accessorise as I’d seen some rather cute ones. I took my usual 8’s into the changing rooms and needless to say I didn’t find those fecking ‘kini’s cute on my way out. I left Accessorise feeling like a whale, close to tears in a foul mood and kissing goodbye to my confidence, which was going to hell in a handcart.

This put me off the bikini hunt for a while. 

I would like to take this opportunity to say that the bikini hunt was successful in the end once I’d decided to pay no attention to the number on the labels. I now have three very trendy bikini’s which suit my shape and flatter my figure and I’d much rather that than be wearing one that’s too small. I don’t mind saying I have one from M&S (an 8) another from Topshop (a 10) and the final one from ASOS (also a 10)

So it’s about time I learnt my lesson. In Dorothy Perkins and H&M I’m a size 6, in Topshop and Miss Selfridge I’m an 8 and in the event I’ve ever been able to get anything from Zara it’s been nothing less than a size 10.  And I’m sure you all have similar stories no matter what your size. As soon as you accept that there will be these sizing differences the better and the less hold the changing rooms of chance will have on you.

It was only after realising this that I felt rather silly. We shouldn’t be asking why the sizing is different, what we should be asking is “why do we care?” After all isn’t size just a number? If you find something that suits you and it fits, whether you’re a 6 or a 16 does the size really matter? If you like it and it flatters your figure why should you feel upset if it’s the size above what you would ‘normally’ wear? If it looks good and makes you feel great then why should a number on the label compromise that confidence?

We need to stop defining others and ourselves by dress size. I know for a fact that the term ‘size 8’ doesn’t accurately describe or define who I am as a person. Just like the number on the label of your clothes can’t define you. If the readers of this post were to come with a label that label would say words such as: Smart, Beautiful, Strong Minded, Fun, Kind, Individual, Unique. These are the things that matter. And if fashion retailers began to print words such as these on their labels I know for sure that the numbers wouldn’t mean a damn thing.


Jemm xoxo


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