Wednesday, 20 August 2014

BEAR WITH, BEAR WITH.


Not gonna lie, I did have to look up whether it was "bare" or "bear" for the title. Pretty confident it's "bear". 

I miss blogging, like, so so much! I didn't realise just how much I would miss it, but I'm constantly thinking "Oh that would be great on my blog!" And then getting all sad because I've remembered I can't properly blog until I have my laptop back. 
I should definitely have Marilyn the MacBook back within the next few days, Monday at the latest (she says whilst crossing her fingers...). I suppose it's good in a way, because it's given me loads of time to think about the new posts I want to write. 
The other day J took me to a shop to buy a diary and a blank book to write my blogging ideas in so since then I've become super organised and have enough posts lined up until the 15th of September!! Yay for inspiration!

So I guess this post is just a little way of saying "bear with me", content is coming by the bucket load! 

Toodles! 
Gx

(The picture has absolutely nothing to do with this post, it's just a quote I saw recently on Bloglovin and made me smile. Hopefully it will have the same effect on you!) 

Friday, 15 August 2014

FURIOUS WITH THE DAILY MAIL.

I don't think I have ever been so angry with an article by the Daily Mail. This newspaper is known for twisting the words of interviewees and making everything they say completely out of context and just downright wrong. I have even heard that journalism students are urged to NOT come in contact with them because of how they write their articles etc. One of the blogs I go on on a regular basis is called "www.awaywiththefairiesblog.com" , so of course I was intrigued when I saw she had written a blog post talking about her experience with the Daily Mail. I read her blog post about it and read all about how much they twisted everything she said and made her seem like a stuck up, head in the clouds, fame seeking, depressed idiot. As I was reading their article called "The Complacent Generation", I just couldn't believe my eyes. Pretty much everything they said in the article is a complete load of rubbish and I just can't believe they're getting away with it. They pretty much deemed all bloggers to be completely unrealistic people who expect success to be handed to them on a silver platter, and who expect to achieve a luxury lifestyle by doing absolutely nothing. Now we all know just how much work goes into running a blog, and this article just completely disregards that fact. After having to take a breather before I went into a massive fit of rage, I decided to read some of the comments and was again completely disgusted. It was full of comments talking about how blogging is a complete waste of time and that they agree with everything that was said in the article. I'm pretty sure that most of the negative comments were written by the older generation who don't seem to realise that the world around them is changing, and that yes it is becoming harder and harder for us younger generation to get the jobs we've studied for. They should most likely be proud of us for finding new ways to express ourselves and earn a living all whilst doing something we love. The opportunities that lots of bloggers are getting nowadays are monumental. I'm sorry to say this seeing as I myself am studying journalism, but newspaper journalism is slowly fading and will eventually most likely become non existent. Internet journalism and blogging included is sky rocketing to success and is most probably the future of journalism. The fact that the Daily Mail is slamming bloggers is just pathetic in my eyes and just shows that they're threatened. They could've written an absolutely lovely and truthful article about bloggers and how well we are doing for ourselves, but instead they chose to make us all look like lazy know it alls who expect success to just be handed to us. 
Here is the blog post written about the daily mail by Hannah http://www.awaywiththefairiesblog.com/2014/08/why-daily-mail-readers-will-never.html?m=1
And here is the disgusting article written by the Daily Mail http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2724209/The-Complacent-Generation-Raised-hollow-dreams-reality-TV-egos-bloated-social-media-today-s-20-somethings-expect-success-no-effort-says-PATRICK-STRUDWICK-And-end-tears.html

If you're reading this Hannah, I really feel for you. But know your readers will know exactly what the truth is. 

Rant over. 

Gx

Monday, 11 August 2014

MACBOOK DIFFICULTIES.



So on Saturday, Marilyn the MacBook decided to pack up and stop working. I've had to take it into the Apple Store and won't have it back for one to two weeks (makes me wanna cry just typing that!). I did try and put up a blog post and some photos of this really pretty park I walked through this morning, but just seeing how the photos turned out (now that I don't have my laptop to edit them) made me delete it straight away! Hopefully I'll figure out some way to publish some photos successfully to keep the blog going for the next couple of weeks, but I'm so sorry if I can't!

Right, time to go have a nervous breakdown at the thought of going two weeks without Marilyn the MacBook!

Toodles!
Gx

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

A RIVER SEEMS A MAGIC THING.

When I first moved to France, my family and I would often hop in the car and spend days and days exploring all of the little villages and towns all around us. One of my absolute favourite places that we discovered, is this little village called Roquebrun. It's surrounded by the most beautiful river, that you can swim in. The village in itself is gorgeous as its on a really big hill, so all you need to do is lift your eyes to the sky and your vision will be filled with views of beautifully decorated houses. 



Ever since I've been with J, I've wanted to take him here, but seeing as its 30 minutes away from my home, and you can only get there by car, it was kind of pushed to the bottom of the to-do list. Finally, after 3 years, I was able to convince my mum and brother that we should all go out for dinner in Roquebrun, and straight away, everyone agreed.

On the drive there, we decided to first go to a little cafe we discovered by accident over 10 years ago, called Le L├ęzard Bleu (The Blue Lizard), owned by a lovely Dutch family. As soon as we arrived, we noticed that there was a rock concert going on opposite the cafe. As we went to explore, we quickly realised that the cafe was closed and only accessible to the artists. We didn't stay at the festival long because it hadn't even started yet, and our dinner reservation was in a couple of hours.

Rock festival. 

Blue Lizard.
So finally we made it to Roquebrun, and we were all so happy to be there. We went straight down to the river (which was PACKED!) and got our little tootsies wet. J started building a little dam in the middle of the river, and Jake (my brother) went off exploring, while my mum and I sat on the stones taking photos and soaking up the sun. Kinda got a bit obsessed with taking photos of the stones...










J decided to then go exploring himself, and unsurprisingly, fell in! I honestly wasn't surprised in the slightest, but could not stop laughing at him. 

We finished off the night by going to our favourite restaurant in Roquebrun, called Le Petit Nice, and we all tucked into our pizzas whilst enjoying the gorgeous view.


Gx

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

NATURAL EYEBROWS.



I think we can all agree that there’s a time and a place for big bold eyebrows, and day to day life is definitely not one of those times. Over the past few months, I’ve been filling in my brows. I was what some would call a “brow virgin” because until probably around last November, I never touched my eyebrows with anything other than tweezers. Thankfully, through bloggers and youtubers I was finally aware that my eyebrows did actually need filling in, as theyre very thin and sparse in the front, near my eye.

Since starting to fill them in, I’ve managed to perfect them pretty much every day thanks to my own made up routine, which I will share with you all in this blog post. (It may seem strange to some of you, but it’s what works for me at the moment!)

The products I use are the Maybelline brow pencil, the H&M brow kit, and a powder brush. 

Maybelline brow pencil. 


H&M eyebrow kit. 



This is my completely 100% natural eyebrow.
My first step is using my Maybelline brow pencil at the very front of my eyebrow.

My second step is going over it with the lightest colour in my eyebrow kit, which I got from H&M. (It's a very cheap one, but it works wonders for me.)

And this is the finished look!


Finally, I brush through them to make sure that I have the shape that I want, and finish by going over them once more with a clean powder brush. (This is the step that may seem weird to some of you, but for me it’s just a quick way to get a really natural brow by brushing out any excess powder.)

And voila, the finished result. So there we have it, that’s my so called eyebrow routine which I do pretty much on a day to day basis!

Toodles!
Gx

BASTILLE DAY IN FRANCE.

Ive been back at home in the South of France for a few weeks now, and one of the first things my mum asked me was if J and I wanted to go with her to this village festival thing for Bastille day. At the time, I said yes, but as it got closer and closer I wasn't very motivated to go because I thought it would be boring, but it actually turned out to be ok.

At this festival thingy, everything is outside. It's held in this big field and has loads of massive tables all lined up. My mum bought tickets which enabled us to reserve seats on one of the tables and actually have a meal provided by the people organising the event. I'm not gonna lie, the food was pretty gross. The starter was a selection of meat which was alright, the dessert was a selection of cheeses and a slice of apple tart which was really nice, but the main meal was so disgusting, it was a pig that had been roasted on a fire with some beans. Usually I'm alright with food like that, but this time was different because while J and me were walking around the field having a look around, we actually saw the pigs being cooked, which freaked me the hell out to see the little pigs going round and round on a stick above a massive fire, so that grossed me out, and to make matters worse, as soon as our food arrived, J decided to say "Look Gina, there's still blood on mine!". I swear, as soon as he said those words, I pushed my plate away. The beans weren't any better to be honest.
But at the end of the day we weren't there for the food, we were there for the celebration.



There was also a live band, they were alright, nothing special but they were quite amusing because they had their own little choreography which made me chuckle.



The best part of the night was hands down the fireworks at the end of the night. I've always always loved fireworks but weirdly enough I never thought to take photos of them until this night. I had forgotten my camera so all of the photos were taken with my iPhone, but the firework ones actually came out quite good!








So that's it, my Bastille day celebrations! This is the second year I've been to this festival thing, and whilst it is kinda fun, I feel like I've been there and done that, so next year I'll be looking for something a bit more wild let's say!

Toodles!
Gx

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

BOOTEA FINAL REVIEW.

If you remember, a few weeks ago I ordered Bootea Detox tea and I was looking forward to see the results. To be honest, the results I got, weren't what I expected.

First things first I'll tell you about the teas. I quite liked both of them, they were yummy and relaxed me, especially the nighttime one. More often than not I'd drink the nighttime one and then be fast asleep within 10 minutes, which was obviously great.
The laxative effect however wasn't toooo pleasant. Nothing crazy, I just experienced quite painful stomach pains a couple of times during the detox. But don't worry, you're not exploding on the way to the toilet haha.

Now for the results, I was disappointed mostly because I'd read lots of reviews about this detox and most people didn't follow the meal plan, yet they still got fantastic results. I wanted to do it all properly, so I followed the meal plan perfectly, didn't eat any meat for 2 weeks, and drank lots of water. Yet, I didn't see much of a result in the slightest. I feel like I can notice a small physical difference, but thats about it. It did make me feel very healthy and energetic, and its a great start to your day to wake up and want to have a cup of tea and then tackle the day ahead of you.

All in all, if you're not interested or bothered about physical changes, then this tea is for you as it does make you feel better INSIDE. If you are interested in the physical changes that a detox can give you, then maybe Bootea isn't for you, however, I honestly can't say whether Bootea just didn't work on ME. Ive seen countless other people and have talked to them about it and they've all said that Bootea worked wonders for them, so theres a good chance that it just doesn't work on me, so dont cross it off your list just yet.

Toodles!
Gx