SS: Sunday Saves (#52)

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Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you’re all having a great weekend so far, I know I am! So we’re back for another Sunday Saves where I chose three blog posts I’ve read that week and want to recommend to others reading my blog. So there’s no theme this week, so I’m talking about Paris, the difference between shyness and rudeness with a little creative flair in the middle.

1) Imperfectly Rachel (How To Spend A Few Days in Paris)

Paris is one of those cities I’ve always wanted to visit (and I feel like it’s on most people’s bucket list) and Rachel has written a little mini guide on places in Paris you should go if you only have a few days to explore the city. Even if you have an entire week, spread it out so you can drink more hot chocolate and eat more macaroons!

2) Joli House (How To Get Your Act Together When You’re Creatively Frustrated)

Having writers block when it comes to the blog can be very frustrating when you want to put content out, and then it’s a decision between putting out rubbish content or waiting until you write something you’re proud of. It is a lot of pressure and I don’t think we realise how much pressure we put ourselves under until we’re panicking about the state of our blogs. Lily Jane has a few suggestions on how to tackle those moments, and even if you have to make your peace with it, it’s better than stressing yourself out over one blog post.

3) Ashleigh Taylor (Shyness VS Rudeness)

This is one I struggle with a lot! I want to be that person that can put on a mask of self confidence and talk to everyone and anyone. Unfortunately, unless I’m in work (and even then, it’s a struggle) that’s not the case. I’m a naturally shy person; I don’t talk for the sake of talking for example so if I have nothing to say, I won’t say anything just to talk, but some people are like that, and that’s completely fine for them. Ashleigh shares the balance in her post with the difference between shyness and rudeness and I have to completely agree.

Thank you for reading today’s post! If you want to catch up with all my other Sunday Saves, you’ll find them right here! If you’re on Twitter, give me a follow on @RetroSnowflake and you can keep up with me on there.

SS: Sunday Saves (#51)

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Happy Sunday! I hope you’re having a lovely weekend so far! So with this week being Mental Health Awareness Week, I thought it was quite suited that my Sunday Saves would be themed around Mental Health. Just to add, there were so many bloggers addressing Mental Health Awareness Week which I think is fantastic and it was so hard to choose just three posts to feature this week.

1) The V Nice Life (High Functioning Depression)

A lot of society have painted depression with one paintbrush stroke but depression can take many forms and Sarah talks about high function depression which she suffers from. I didn’t know a lot about the high functioning side of depression so it’s a fresh perspective on the condition, so if you’re not too sure what exactly it is either, I’d recommend Sarah’s post.

2) Parenting, Pasttimes, Prosecco (Has Mental Health Tested Your Parenting Life?)

Having a mental breakdown has only happened to me once or twice in the past year and I can completely understand where Sarah is coming from. It really is just built up over so long and you become completely uncontrollable. It’s a horrible feeling that I wouldn’t wish on anyone. I think it’s fantastic how Sarah has written about her experience and especially being in her family situation at the minute, she deserves a medal.

3) All About Aoife (YA Mental Health TBR List)

I loved the idea of this post! Aoife has put a list together of the young adult books she’s hoping to read soon but they all have a theme based around mental health. She even gives you a little description of each book too, so you don’t have to go look up each one to find out what it’s about.

Well that’s all from this week’s Sunday Saves! I hope you’ve all had a good week and if you have any posts you think I should read, please tweet me over at @RetroSnowflake.

 

SS: Sunday Saves (#50)

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Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you’re all enjoying the sunshine this weekend (well, it’s been sunny in Northern Ireland at least!). I can hardly believe we’re at fifty editions of my Sunday Saves already. It’s such an enjoyable series to do because I never run out of blog posts to read and in celebration of the gorgeous weather we’re having lately, I’ll be talking about sunshine and SPF in today’s post.

1) Minty Memories (8 Reasons I Am Loving Spring)

It’s officially Spring and to be honest, I didn’t have very high hopes. I believe there was snow just a week or two ago so I had no faith in any nice weather this Spring, but I was very wrong. My two favourites from Laura are the sunshine (of course!) and the Bank Holidays (I’m very lucky to be able to take advantage of the so I feel sorry for anyone who unfortunately isn’t able to).

2) The Lifestyle Files (Smart Choices: Everything You Need To Know About SPF)

I tweeted during the week that admittedly, I had no idea about SPF and whether Ii needed it now or should I wait until it gets warmer. So Viktoria sent me over her blog post all about SPF and it’s such an in-depth post, I’d recommend everyone read it! I still have to buy myself some SPF but I definitely know more about why we need it and the facts because of Viktoria. So thank you!

3) Wander with Laura (London in the Sun)

I’ve never been to London but it’s always been one of those cities I’ve wanted to visit and I love Laura’s photography around the city showing off the sites that I’ve been eyeing up. It’s a lovely post, so if you’re into photography, you should check it out.

Well that’s all for this week’s Sunday Saves. If you’ve enjoyed any of these posts, remember to leave a comment on their blog or leave them some feedback, it’s always nice to hear what people think of your posts. Have a wonderful week!

 

Life Update #2: Spring 2017

I’m back with another life update! My last one was just before Christmas during Blogmas when I was just back from the stunningly beautiful Rome so I thought almost five months later, I was due an update. (If you want to read that update: it’s right here!)

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In December, I spoke about finding out about renting my first house before I went on holiday…

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(This was me the day I moved in, I was very excited!)

I moved in on 4th January and it’s one of the best decisions I have ever made. I’m so unbelievably happy living on my own and it just proves that it really was something I needed to do. Of course I’ve been here a few months and my spare room is still a mess, I haven’t got a rug for the living room and I have a few pictures that I still want to hang up, but apart from that, I think I’ve settled in quite well.

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If you’ve been keeping up with the blog, you’ll know that I went from being a vegetarian to eating a plant based diet permanently…

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(Just one of my obsessions from one of my favourite places in the world, Tony and Jen’s. Yep, gluten free AND vegan. Match made in heaven right?  )

I’ll not talk too much about why I changed to a plant based diet because I have talked about it a lot recently; I wrote a post about completing Veganuary (right here), I documented what I ate during Veganuary (right here) and I spoke about how I became vegetarian last March (right here) so you can check those posts out for more detail.

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Very very recently I also bought my first little kitten…

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I used to be terrified of almost all animals (except goldfish) but over the past year or so, things have changed. For the majority of the year last year, I lived with my ex-boyfriend and he had the cutest cat ever, and that was really my first experience of living with another animal. My Dad had dogs but because we were only ever there one or two nights a fortnight, I never felt like I lived with them. So that experience of living with a cat showed me that there’s nothing to be really scared of and I should embrace the love of a little furry munchkin (Even though when she does jump up on me, I still get a little scared) Plus my three best friends all have cats and they’re both adorable, so even more help to show me that I can do it.

So once I knew I was moving out of my family home, I told myself to wait a few months to get myself settled in before thinking about getting a cat and that’s what I did. I named her Audrey and when I got her, she was about nine weeks old.

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I’m very grateful to be who I am and where I am today…

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(Outstanding photography skills and credit goes to the wonderful photographer that took this during one of our lunch dates.)

I feel very supported by my lovely group of friends, my family have been fantastic since moving out (except for the change to my diet, they’re still coming to terms with that) and I’m very blessed to be in a new, happy and healthy relationship. I now believe everything happens for a reason and I can’t wait to see what the next year brings.

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I hope you enjoyed this little life update and if you want to keep up to date with me, you can follow me on Twitter or over on Instagram.

SS: Sunday Saves (#49)

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It’s the end of April already! Just how? How are we almost half way through the year already? It’s absolute madness! Anyway, I hope you’re having a good Sunday so far and if you’re enjoying for Bank Holiday Weekend like I am, I hope you have a lovely extra day off.

Today’s Sunday Saves is focusing on the theme of social media changes: if you’ve been living under a social media rock recently, you’ll know that Instagram has been involved in quite a lot of drama and bloggers have came under fire not only from magazines and social media applications but even from each other so this theme seemed very appropriate.

1) My Life in Rose Tinted Glasses (What is the Instagram Shadow Ban?)

The words “shadow ban” have been flying around the past few days and honestly, until Francesca’s post, I had no idea what it meant. If you’re a little like me and need to be kept up to date with the latest changes and troubles to Instagram, this post is for you. It’s well explained without being too overly detailed, very easy read.

2) Maria J (Follow/No Follow Links and What They Mean for Bloggers)

As bloggers, there will always be a fine line when writing posts for companies who have sent you products. Some want more than others; some try and get you to change your opinion, some just want you to tell the truth and others try and get around it by asking you to put in a follow link. Like Francesca’s post, I had no idea what the difference was between the follow and no follow so if you’re looking a hand on what’s safe and what isn’t, keep this post from Maria saved in your favourites.

3) Kirsty Leanne (Why I Agree With Social Media Algorithm Changes)

Even when I just seen the title of Kirsty’s latest post, I thought “Oh that’s going to cause some controversy!” but as far as I am aware, it hasn’t. Reading her post, her points make sense and she sees this as a challenge, not a down fall. If you want to be successful, you have to work for it and easy engagement is not working for it. So if you’ve been feeling let down by the whole Instagram fiasco, go read Kirsty’s post and see if she can change your mind.

Well that’s all for this week’s Sunday Saves. Remember to click on everyone’s links and leave a little comment.. If you’ve missed any of my other Sunday Saves, you’ll find them all right here and feel free to have a look!

The A-Z of Victoria.

Today’s post is a little different than other posts recently. I thought I’d bring you a post all about me today; you could say my blog is essentially all about me, but apart from my “About Me” page, there’s not a lot that you know about me.

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A (Active)

I like to think I’m an active person. I walk to work and back every day (30 minute walk each time), I try and go to the gym at least three times a week, I’ve started running so I’m hoping to build it up especially with the nice weather coming through and I go to yoga once a fortnight (I used to go once a week but I have scaled it back for the time being).

B (Belfast)

Where I live! And if you don’t know where Belfast is (I would assume that most people do though), it’s the capital city of Northern Ireland which is in the United Kingdom.

C (Chilli)

My vegan bean chilli is one of my favourite meals to make and it was first inspired by Deliciously Ella but I’ve chopped and changed it around so much that I feel like it’s my own. I have it almost every night for dinner and it’s delicious.

D (Dogs)

I’m scared of dogs. Seriously. In pictures, they’re fine because they’re not going to come out and eat me alive. In real life, we can’t really be sure, can we?

E (Earrings)

I first got my ears pierced when I was seven , and last year I got my right ear pierced again. So I got my upper lobe and my tragus pierced as well as my standard lobe piercing still being there.

F (Face Masks)

I often post on Instagram Stories when I’m using a face mask, so if you want a make-up less and face masked woman on your Instagram, you’ll see me in full force covered in a less flattering face mask (normally from LUSH).

G (Gluten Free)

Anyone who knows me in some sort of capacity; whether that’s in real life, from Twitter or Instagram, or simply just a reader of the blog, will know that I’m eat a gluten free diet and you can read a little more about why right here!

H (Holidays)

I don’t go on a lot of holidays. Last year (2016) was such a massive holiday year for me though; I went on two holidays which may not seem like a lot but this is coming from someone who never went away. My first “adult” holiday was to Finland and Russia with my ex-boyfriend and it was an amazing trip. We didn’t do a lot of tourist attractions which is my one regret so if I went back, I would want to try out more of those.

I (Italy)

My most recent holiday was to Italy and I went there completely on my own. It was my first holiday on my own and it was incredible. I didn’t know how I would get on but I really enjoyed it. I like my own company anyway and I needed that time to myself to get away from everything, even though it was only for a few days. (The photograph of me at the top is at the Trevi Fountain!)

J (Jigsaws)

It’s a hobby of mine that I don’t talk about a lot but I love the satisfaction of a jigsaw puzzle. I want to get a bigger puzzle then once it’s completed, I’d love to get it framed and glassed to hang up in the house.

K (Kardashians)

Is it still a guilty pleasure if you don’t feel guilty watching it? I have loved “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” since it first began and it’s just such a chill out show to have with a big cup of tea and you can switch off with it for an hour.

L (LUSH)

I first discovered LUSH when I was in my second year of college (The first year of my first media course actually) and a good majority of my EMA would go on LUSH. I built up quite the collection. I don’t buy it nearly as often now but it will always be a favourite of mine.

M (Mindfulness and Meditation)

I meditate as soon as I wake up and right before bed every single day. I’ve been doing this for about two weeks now and I’m seeing very small changes but it has affected my mood in a very positive way so far. Coming up on the blog in the next few weeks will be what apps I use and why I choose to practice meditation and mindfulness (so when it’s up, it’ll be right here!)

N (Nail Polish)

With almost two hundred nail polishes under my belt, and yes, I really did say two hundred; I am quite a huge fan of nail polish. If I had to choose between my hair not being done for the day and wearing no nail polish, I’d choose not having the hair done.

O (The Office US)

The American Office is up there (for me) with Friends, Community and Parks and Recreation. It is one of my favourite programmes; it’s one of those shows that has just been there for me during the good and the bad and it’s one that I hold a lot of memories with. Plus, Jim and Pam for life, right?

P (Plant Based)

Since January of this year, I’ve been eating a plant based diet. I’ve written all about it so you’ll find that post right here!

Q (Quinoa)

My chickpea, quinoa and tumeric curry that I am absolutely in love with from Deliciously Ella’s second book is my go-to work lunch. It takes a little longer to make but it’s so worth it; and it has about ten servings for me so I can spread it out over two weeks of work.

R (RetroSnowflake)

Under RetroSnowflake, you’ll find me on Twitter and Instagram and if you just add a S to the end, that’s my blog name. Pretty simple really!

S (Spotify)

Having had Spotify for so long, the ads didn’t bother me but then I kept being told “Get Premium, it’s so much better without the ads.” So I did and can I go as far to say it’s life changing? I use it every single day, I download all the albums I want so I don’t have to worry about using my 4G data and you can choose any song you want to rather than have to sit in shuffle mode all the time. Best £10 I spend every month.

T (Tea)

I love tea. Fruit tea. Black tea. Herbal tea. I’ve loved tea ever since I was little but green and herbal teas have only became a bigger influence the past three or four years. My favourite brands would be Tea Pigs or Twinings, but I love exploring new brands whenever I can.

U (Uncertainty)

Uncertainty is something I’m trying to overcome. I don’t like not knowing what’s going to happen, it makes me very uneasy and very on edge but through counselling, I’m trying to combat that.

V (Victoria)

It’s my name, of course! And I have no middle name.

W (Water)

Everyone should be drinking enough water but water is my go-to drink even if I’m on a night out (I don’t drink and I talked about it right here!) My favourite thing is munching on ice, I love ice! I would just fill up a tumbler at home with ice and munch away on it, it’s so satisfying.

X (Hmmm?)

I applaud you if you’re able to think of a genuine answer for this letter. Well done.

Y (Yoga)

I have had a regular routine of yoga in my life for around two years now and I’m so happy with how far I have came so far. I used to go once a week but now I tend to go once a fortnight and I want to start incorporating it into my gym workouts more so (than I already do) and form a longer home practice too.

Z (Zzzz)

I love my sleep. Isn’t it funny when we’re younger we’ll argue with our parents about going to bed early and now we’re wanting a nap during the day and after work? For a year or two, I used to live off three to five hours of sleep a night and I don’t know how I coped. But for the meantime, I seem to be getting between six and eight hours a night and it’s working great so far.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this little post, some of the letters were challenging and don’t get me started on X. I’m meant to be tag people to do this but honestly, I’d love to see anyone do it. If you send me your links on Twitter, I’d love to read more of them, they’re so interesting!

SS: Sunday Saves (#48)

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Good morning and I hope you’re having a great Sunday so far! I can barely believe it’s almost the end of April already! I feel like I was just blogging about Christmas not too long ago. Anyway, we’re two Sunday Saves away from the big 50 which I can’t quite believe either, but it’s such a lovely series to do, and if you haven’t caught up with it yet, you can click here and you’ll be taken to every single post in the series so far.

Today I’m talking about the emotional connection we all seem to have to Monday’s, how to overcome digital distractions and the six stages of procrastination

1) What Gemma Did (Monday Motivation: Mondays Don’t Suck)

If you think Monday’s suck and it is your most hated day of the week; one, you need to change your mindset completely and two, you need to read Gemma’s post on why Monday’s aren’t the worst after all. She makes some really good points about putting the actual day into perspective and how it can be seen as a fresh start for you and your goals. I can be quite guilty of treating Monday as “Ugh, not again” but even I’m working on trying to flip my perspective on that.

2) Thirteen Thoughts (How To Overcome Digital Distractions)

Digital distractions are the worst especially when you need to work online to get your work done. Paula gives us a few recommendations on what to do when you’re getting distracted by fifty browser tabs (Okay, maybe not 50, but a lot of browser tabs!) or maybe you can’t stop looking at your phone because it keeps going off every two seconds. I especially love her app recommendation so I think I might have to give that a go, it sounds quite adorable (and productive, obviously!).

3) Artsy Teen Blog (The 6 Stages of Procrastination)

Maya’s post is so on point! She talks about the six stages of procrastination and I couldn’t agree more. You’ll have to read her post for yourself to see what they are, but even the little illustrations are so cute!

Well that’s all for this week’s post. Thank you for reading and if you have any thoughts on the posts, make sure to leave some comments on their blogs and spend the love! ❤