10 ways to spread joy. 


Joy is something that is very subjective-that feeling on seeeing your work admired, when you see your kids at the end of the day, when your husband comes home, on finding out that new music is being released by your favorite singer, etc. It isn’t something that is very ‘big’-in the sense that we don’t use it to compliment people-and I wish to change that. For the better. So, here’s ten ways to spread a little joy…

  1. Comment on a bloggers post. Ha ha! But in all seriousness, it’s always nice to see your work being admired, and even knowing what you could do better. Bloggers put a lot of work into what we do. And yet it doesn’t always show. So, maybe next time you read a good post, you could comment on it.
  2. Visit your local library. These establishments are in general decline, which is a real shame. We need to use them more! So, next time you want a good book to read, or just a place to meet people, visit it. 
  3. Call somebody you haven’t seen in a long time. Don’t text them! Texting removes a personal element at times from interaction-just the sound of voices can be a real comfort. Better still, Skype!
  4. Give random gifts to people. They don’t have to be big, extravagant, etc-but they can be silly, thoughtful, or a ‘just because’. 
  5. Compile and exchange playlists with somebody. 
  6. Text a joke to your friends. Best not to be too corny, but it could be in a form of a meme… as long as it isn’t too offensive.
  7. Tweet your friends compliments.
  8. Better still, compliment people face-to-face. We all need that little ‘boost’ of confidence at times-just remember to be genuine about it, and not just for the sake of.
  9. Write a letter! I love doing this. Letters have such a great, personal feel-and they are a rarity these days. Even if it’s to an aunt you don’t see, these bring joy to people.
  10. Give your best friend cookies!

What do you do to spread joy?

Lydia

XO

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

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My favourite books list. 


Books are life, and life is books. These are my list of my favourite books:

  • The diary of Anne Frank.
  • Searching For Grace Kelly.
  • Dreaming in French by Alice Kaplan.
  • Mad Girl By Bryony Gordon.
  • Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig.
  • Pain, parties, work; Sylvia Plath in New York, 1953 by Elizabeth Winder.
  • Ariel by Sylvia Plath.
  • The Big Life by Ann Shoket.
  • First woman by Kate Brower.
  • Dear Pussycat by Helen Gurley Brown.
  • We are all made of stars by Rowan Coleman.
  • The book thief.
  • Reading Jackie by William Kuhn.
  • The Help.
  • The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult.
  • Sherlock Holmes.
  • House Rules by Jodi Picoult.
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath.
  • The Summer Of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman.
  • Deathless.

What are your favourite books?

Lydia

XO

Beauty Blogger Tag (From Chloe-Rose!)


I was conversing with Chloe-Rose, over at What Chloe Wrote. Having read her Beauty Blogger Tag post, and admired it, she encouraged me to answer her set questions. Here goes! (I copied her questions, which aren’t mine, and will be answering them.) And don’t forget to visit her blog-click here to view

What make up product can’t you live without?

Gotta be my Topshop Magic Liner-it truly is magic! I also love it, because as somebody who is very shortsighted, it seems to be designed as to not stab me. Always a bonus!

Favourite hair care product?

Probably T-gel.


Favourite perfume?

See, this is quite a hard question, since I don’t really wear a lot of perfume. I have a Coco Mademoiselle knock-off, though. (Going with the blog name, I liked the smell regardless!) Probably Wonderstruck by Taylor Swift.


Why did you start blogging?

I saw an editorial in Shout Magazine, way back in 2012. Therefore, I simply wanted to join in.


What do you love most about blogging?

The people. Always the people. Whether it’s another blogger, a reader, a PR, publicist, etc, they always make my day-because I love to work with them, and they all leave me lovely comments at times. They are also so kind on Twitter. 


Favourite celebrity style?

Hmmm…I don’t really follow Celebrity style 😂 I prefer my own-or people from history, such as Jacqueline Kennedy. 


Must follow on instagram?

@AnastaciaMusic. I love her red touring jacket.

Lipstick or lipgloss?

Lipstick, always! 


My questions are:

  • Where do you see your blog in five years?
  • Who is your style icon?
  • Top three lip products?
  • What do you love about beauty best of all?
  • Heels or flats?
  • Opinion about Celebrity perfumes?
  • Last impulse buy?
  • Favorite lipstick?


I nominate Kimberly Jessica, Lauren at This Stuff Is Golden, Country Katie UK, New York Cliche, and Calli.

Post to you soon,

Lydia

XO


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

My top five essentials for my handbag. 


Handbags are very funny things: considered widely now to be a staple of a women’s wardrobe, they contain all sorts of things. They even are used as a handy tool. (Take a look at Mrs Thatcher!) Instead of showing you what’s in my bag, I thought I’d share with you what my top five things are for my bag.

  1. Tangle tamer. Does anyone else have really bushy hair? Mine is horrible, and does exactly as it pleases-whether it’s sunny and I’m walking, or it’s rainy and I’m running for a train. I’m keeping this with me now, in order just to look a little bit more professional.
  2. Highlighters. I colour code everything! Meaning I know what something is at a glance…
  3. Eyeliner. This is Topshop’s magic liner, and I love it. For it is easy to use, good durability, comes off easily, and doesn’t stab me in the eye. (As somebody with glasses, eye make up is a real hassle.) It adds an extra feature to my day, and allows me to feel better about my poor eyesight and glasses.
  4. Book. Mind over matter, right!? 
  5. Magazine. News is everywhere I go, meaning that I have a slight addiction-I have to know what’s happening in US politics, UK politics, the NHS, books, films, fashion trends, photography, etc. And I get this from regularly reading glossy magazines, newspapers, and news websites.

What are your top five essentials? 

Lydia

XO

Get To Know Me By My Books. 

Hi!

You know when you read a magazine such as ELLE, they always have the cover star, or somebody else, deaptailing the books that formed part of their identity? For this post, I thought I’d do the same; I get to write about books, and not much else 😂

How to be a women By Caitlin Moran.

This is such a brilliant book! I think I was twelve when this came out, but didn’t read it ’till a year later. I hadn’t come across a writer as unique as Moran-convinced by her ideas, apt at turning a phrase, able to use a swear word at least once a paragraph, and still remain serious. She is part of the reason why I now describe myself as ‘feminist’. I’d also love to interview her.

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The Diary Of Anne Frank.

History lessons these days are primarily about the facts these days-why X led to Y, and so on. I want to read about the human side of history! This book I read first when I was six or seven, I think; it made a lasting impression.

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Searching for Grace Kelly.

Contrary to what you may think, I do enjoy some fiction, as long as it’s grounded, and at least seems plausible, in terms of writing, etc. Anyway, this book is about the fifties, and the lives of three very different women, and how they come to New York to accomplish their dreams. I like it for it’s authentic history, and how it informs me-we aren’t this way any more, so be grateful for what we’ve gained.

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What books ‘make you’?

Lydia

XO