25 Get To Know Me Questions Tag.

As any Blogger will know, we can get ‘Bloggers Block’-which is essentially the same as Blogger’s Block, but we just do not know what to post. Therefore, I googled possible tags I could post-and found ’25 Get To Know Me Questions’. (You can see the post here.)  I wish to tag anyone who wishes to also write this tag-I’m not tagging any specific blogger, as I think they are tired of it, with the amount of tag posts I write.

1. What is your middle name? 

Keren. And surprisingly, very few people can spell it correctly the first time they hear it! 

2. What was favorite subject at school?  This varied a lot over the years, due to subject changes, or if I was really struggling with a particular unit. I really liked English-and as a wannabe Journalist and Blogger, why wouldn’t I?-but I also loved Media, as we had to make a magazine cover and spread. But now I really love politics.

3. What is your favorite drink? This depends on what mood I’m in, or if I’m sick. I love a hot strawberry Ribena when I’m sick (works wonders, trust me!), or Elderflower. But I also really enjoy a Strawberry Frappe from Starbucks. (I drink neither tea or coffee.)

4. What is your favorite song at the moment? Good question. This would probably have to be ‘Flash’ from the Queen Rock Montreal album. 

5. What is your favorite food? Macaroni cheese! Lasagne! Spag Bol! Icecream! Curry! (Trust me, what I really love tends not to be very healthy.) 

6. What is the last thing you bought? I think a box of Strawberry liquorice from Tiger, although I may be wrong about that. (Although I am intending to buy a new planner, which sort of counts towards the question-I’ve already bought it in my head.)

7. Favorite book of all time? I can’t single out just one book! For the amount I read it would be a struggle to just pick one. But I love The Diary Of Anne Frank, The Bell Jar, Searching For Grace Kelly, How To Stop Time, The Storyteller, The Summer Of Impossible Things….

8. Favorite Colour? Pink!

9. Do you have any pets? A cat and a dog.

10. Favorite Perfume? Wonderstruck by Taylor Swift. 

11. Favorite Holiday? Probably either when I visited Boston, and got to go inside the John F Kennedy library, or when I went to Amsterdam, and went to visit the Anne Frank House. These have both been goals of mine for a long time.

12. Are you married? Nope. 

13. Have you ever been out of the country, if so how many times? I’m not sure as to how many times, but I have been out of it-and you can tell that from two questions above this.

14. Do you speak any other language? I really wish I could, but I can’t. I studied Spanish for my GCSE, but I have trouble learning any language, as it becomes very muddled in my brain. 

15. How many siblings do you have? I am one of five. 

16. What is your favorite shop? Again, this is a question that depends on my mood at the time. I love Paperchase for all of its pretty notebooks, Washi Tape, and anything planner related. But I also love Smiths for its collection of magazines. 

17. Favorite restaurant? Ed’s Diner. I love that it has jukeboxes at each table, complete with fifties rock songs. Jailhouse Rock anyone?

18. When was the last time you cried? Ditto.

19. Favorite Blog? I love a lot of blogs, but I can’t write them all here. I love Gala Darling, A Beautiful Chaos, Philofaxy, Country Katie UK, Dorkface…I also sometimes look back at blogs that are no longer active-so, Gem Fatale, Oberjean.

20. Favorite film? There are a lot, I can’t just pick one! So, Funny Face, Bridge Of Spies, State Of play, Jackie, and many more. 

21. Favorite TV shows? I think I’ve started to prefer Netflix, as there’s a lot less reality TV, and more choice. But I do like Line Of Duty, Saturday Night Takeaway, and The missing. I also LOVED Raised By Wolves. (Why, just why, was it cancelled??)

22. PC or Mac? I now have a MacBook Air…

23. What phone do you have? An iPhone 6s in Rose gold.

24. How tall are you? Less that six feet, but more than four…the long and the short of it-no pun intended-is that I don’t know. 

25. Can you cook? Nope!

Lydia

XO

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A Trip To Waterstones, And On Making A List Of Books I Would Love To Read…

Books. Books! Lovely books.

Whenever I go to Waterstones, I always compile a list of books I wish to read; after all, of there is any purpose I can have, it could be to cram by brain with what a book gives, and pass the information on. Anyway, here are a few photos I took to share with you all..

Inside Vogue by Alexandra Shulman.


I am fascinated by magazines, how they are formed, layout, etc. Vogue, according to this book by a Now ex-editor in chief, has been around for a century, a full one hundred years. Surely I could pick up some culture, clothing tips, etc, along the way? Style is what remains, and what I hope to one day possess.

Karl Marx by Gareth Stedman Jones.


Despite the fact that I study politics, I still find Marx quite hard to understand, and to get to grips with. And yes, I know that he wrote The Communist Manifesto, but I can’t interpret this very easily. And biography has a lot to do with the actions an individual has intent to do, I feel. Anyway, I want to express about the antithesis of the Democratic ideals I love.

Imagine Me Gone By Adam Haslett.


It was largely the title of this one that caught my eye.

Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan.


This is a book that I have wanted to read for a while. A summary of the blurb essentially is that somebody is missing, possibly kidnapped, and is writing to an agony aunt, sending a signal to find her. And there’s a twist! I love a drama, as well as a detective book, and would love to read this.

Insane Clown President By Matt Taibbi.


For all his controversy, I want to read about Donald Trump, in order to understand him, his impact, etc. That way, I think I’d be better equipped to understand this new form of politics.

What books do you hope to read?

Lydia

XO

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Things A Woman Should Know About Style Book Review. (Currently I’m Reading…)

Disclaimer: this is a proof copy that I was sent to review, at my own request. What follows is my own opinion. Thank you to Chloe at Carlton Books.

Remember Fashion? That very controversial subject-it raged over the fur debate, is still a major industry, and bloggers are now sat on the front row, complete with its own hashtag. One thing that strikes me about this book is that it seemingly does not like fashion-and prefers style as the alternative. (Jacqueline Kennedy had style, yet it is her ‘look’ that endears today. Fashion comes, fashion goes, which is the most notable difference.) So far, so good.

The further I progress through this book, however, the more I think it has a little bit of a snarky tone; there are claims such as ‘cheap clothes don’t look good on people over thirty’. What exactly are cheap clothes, anyway? Mine are largely pieces worn over and over, from places like H&M; I see nothing wrong with these. They fit well into my style of wannabe preppy student, anyway. 

However, my favorite thing about this book is that it uses history to back up its arguments; the twenties and thirties had style-courtesy of Coco Chanel, who is then partially quote on one of the pages. And it gives examples of fashion by era-seventies, eighties, nineties, etc.

This book is ideal for a style-conscious friend, a fashion blogger, even as a Mother’s Day gift. Yet, I’m not sure it’s entirely for me.

Rate: 8/15

Click here to buy the book.

What I dislike about blogging. (Some back history to Mademoiselle, through the years, and writing about blogging now…)

Warning: rant coming up! 

Mademoiselle began all the way back in 2012, the July that I was thirteen. First, as Musiclover25.wordpress.com, taken from my Bluetooth name (!), with just a vague notion of what being a blogger is. I had seen an article in Shout, and had wanted to join-therefore, not posting, and just creating page after page. Awkward, no?

Then I got all serious, and changed it to notedinstyle.wordpress.com. This was a project to keep me busy over a weekend! Being a fashion blogger was not something I was suited to; writing about X, Y, or Z, with terrible graphics. And classmates soon found out about it, which was highly mocked. (Why wouldn’t they?!) 

Despite all this, and despite it not being profitable at all, I’ve come to love blogging-simply because it satisfies my need to write and share. But there are some things I really dislike..

Terminology.

The ‘blog’ is an overreaching, umbrella term for the whole website, which is a collection of writing. But the thing pinging its way to your inbox? That’s a post. (I’m sorry this is petty, but it’s a pet peeve of mine.

Drama.

Drama dominates my Twitter feed! And it’s often because X said something to/about Y, which caused offence, obviously, meaning people have to take sides. (Rude PR’S vs Blogging community is always an interesting scenario.) But I would love to just create content and read the work of my fellow bloggers. It gets dull otherwise, and is very childish.

Lydia

XO

What I want to see more of on the Blogosphere. 

Hi-

In the general sense, the word ‘blogosphere’ refers to the blogging universe-essentially the collective of blogs and anything related. But to me it seems to have become stilted recently-and I find myself becoming a little bit disillusioned. What would I like to see change?  Well..

More male bloggers!

If you roll through your Twitter lists, how many bloggers that you follow are male?  The answer is probably not many.(I follow maybe one or two.) But male opinion is just as legitimate as female opinion-so why shouldn’t that transmit to blogging? There’s a whole collective that hasn’t been explored as fully as possible yet. 

Better support.

It amazes me to see that Bloggers support each other in terms of mental health; to be frank, its endearing. But I sometimes feel as if the actual blog doesn’t get a lot of support, in terms of work behind the scenes. For example, in Facebook groups it is very rare for anything I post to lead to a contrbution on the blog. And it frustrates me, because I’m a blogger too-but it is almost outside looking in.

And there could be more support in terms of PR; why not create a register of PR’S who are not necessarily good to work with? Twitter is dominated by this drama. 

What do you think could change in blogging?

Lydia

XO 

Can I be honest? This 365 day challenge is really hard! 

It was a spur of the moment thing, really, but it was a long time coming: in the last days of 2016, I decided to undertake the three hundred and sixty five day challenge. I had seen Natalie at Youralmostalice do it, so why couldn’t I? I had every chance and advantage to do it.

The want to do the three hundred and sixty five day challenge also came from the recognition that Print is in decline, and the Journalist career choice is ever-shrinking; I’m not paid for what I write. As a writer I’m also a little bit fustrated; I want to be a part of this industry, yet cutbacks and lack of business meant shrinking access points. In undertaking this challenge, I would be writing daily; it’d develop a platform-for myself and other guest bloggers-, and I could develop a discipline that’s needed in writing.

But it’s hard.

So. Hard.

As I’ve written previously (ironically!), ideas are the fundemental basis to anyone wishing to blog, be a Columnist, etc. I’m running out! Generally speaking, this is also constrained by not wanting to be too political; politics is an immense interest of mine, yet I’m sick of how divisive it is. I could write for hours about Trump, Brexit, Refugees, but I wish not to be trolled. Brexiteers are apparently racist, for instant-but what’s the point in being contrevsial, just for effect? 

This is also hard for me as a student.

Gotta revise to pass my exams in June, haven’t I?! I have to balance this blog with revision, homework, an extra shorthand diploma, my column, the lack of  a social life, etc. Whilst this is rewarding, it’s stressful. I sometimes wonder why I do this. But I wouldn’t be a writer otherwise; I have to write, I need to write.

As a solution, I’m scheduling posts months in advance. (This post itself for instance is being written in February!) That way, I can make enough room for all of the above mentioned, and still review books, etc. I may just not be as active on Twitter some days. I’ll generally post my posts that are new that day, but with just less personal interaction. 

And if there is anyone wishing to guest post, please email me via the contact page-you’re needed more than ever now!

Lydia

XO

Blogging Myths Debunked.

When I’ve been chatting to a few Friends, there has been a few misconceptions-and they largely revolve around my blog. So, for this post, I thought I would debunk a few blogging myths.

  • I get paid for blogging.

Nope, not at all. I do not get paid for any of the posts I wrote-and I largely consider brand samples to be a sufficient payment at the moment. Whilst I would love to monetise my blog-as in, get paid-I haven’t yet been able to. I’m not enough of an influencer to be considered for this. And besides, though a possible source of income, it wouldn’t necessarily account for a real wage. 

  • I meet a lot of famous people.

The interviews you sometimes read are with semi-famous people; because, after all, fame is something incredibly subjective. However, I have only carried out one interview face to face-and that wasn’t even for is website! So, I don’t really meet a lot of famous people. I do however get to go to concerts, etc, thus seeing them live and in action. (I meet the occasional person-yet this is not really notable.)

  • I don’t spend a lot of time writing.

This is the one that frustrates me the most; I put a lot of time and effort into my posts, and I also post every day. A lot of time is spent creating content-so, photography, words, guest posts, etc.

  • That I am obsessed with social media.

Social media, whilst useful for any blogger, in order to promote their posts, I actually find quite cumbersome in reality. For me, it is quite hard to operate-and I’m not always aware of invisible social codes. Twitter is one of the easiest, yet I get bored of trolls very easily; and why be bitchy, any way? Technology could be used for something higher-ratherthan being   trivialised, and used to be nasty.

What blogging myths have you recently come across?

Lydia

XO