Blogger Recognition AwardΒ 

I was nominated by Chloe-Rose at What Chloe Wrote for this post; click here to see her version of this post. Here’s my version, and thank you to Chloe-Rose for nominating me!


The Rules:

  • Thank the blogger publicly-on social media-as well as with a link in your post.
  • Give a brief story about how you started your blog.
  • Tag fifteen bloggers, and link to them, as well as tag them, letting them know they have been nominated.

Here goes!

Why did I start my blog?

There wasn’t a particular reason for why I wanted to start this blog, to be honest. I’d seen an editorial in Shout Magazine, where to pre-teen me, everything looked really glamorous. I kept the ‘How To Blog’ guide for a few years, then I asked my parents if I could blog. (I was very young, after all!) I think it was also because I wished to write-when I started to become more interested in Journalism as a career-as to why I began to blog. 

I nominate:

Lydia

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50 Things To Do If You’re Bored.Β 

A friend sparked the idea for this post; she was bored, and messaging me, asking all sorts of questions. Here are fifty things to do if you’re bored!

  1. Read a book. Any book. 
  2. Go for a walk.
  3. Dream about a holiday you wish to take.
  4. Plan to make it a reality.
  5. Reorganise your bedroom.
  6. Colour code your planner.
  7. Colour code your wardrobe.
  8. Even colour code your shoes!
  9. Have a blog post brainstorm.
  10. Learn a craft.
  11. Use that craft.
  12. Rip out any articles you wish to keep from your magazines, and file them away in a folder. Can be about anything.
  13. Sign up to be a volunteer.
  14. Do not go on a shopping splurge.
  15. Plan a day out.
  16. Plan a picnic.
  17. Challenge yourself to learn all fifty states of America.
  18. Learn to recite a poem, the longer the better.
  19. Dance crazily to old songs.
  20. Sing!
  21. Dance!
  22. Even practice your Jazz hands 😁
  23. Plan a party.
  24. Netflix and a tub of icecream? Yes please!
  25. Paint your nails.
  26. Paint your toenails.
  27. Run around the block, or your garden.
  28. Offer to walk your neighbours dog.
  29. Binge watch TV.
  30. Start a new project.
  31. Go wild with stickers in your planner!
  32. Try a new beauty splurge.
  33. Spend all your time on Facebook.
  34. Visit a library.
  35. Borrow a book from that library.
  36. Contemplate all of life’s tricky questions.
  37. Learn some new slang.
  38. Hashtag everything you say.
  39. Play a board game.
  40. Hold a board game marathon.
  41. Write all your birthday cards.
  42. Write all of your Christmas cards.
  43. Go through your clothes, and donate those that don’t fit to a charity shop. Donations are always needed.
  44. Practice yoga.
  45. Tweet! Compulsively.
  46. Read the news.
  47. Debate the news.
  48. Write yourself a future letter.
  49. Find a pen pal.
  50. Bake.

What do you do when bored?

Lydia

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Thirteen Personal Questions Tag.ο»Ώ

A little while ago, over at Kimberly Jessica’s blog, she posted the thirteen personal questions tag. Now, I do love a tag post-plus it’s a way to be more interactive as a blogger-so I had to borrow the idea. (All credit goes to Kimberly Jessica-you can click here to read the original blog post.) 


  •  What do you order at Starbucks?

I don’t drink tea or coffee, therefore my regular order-it would rarely deviate-was a Strawberry and Cream Frappe, no cream on top. (I dislike cream.) I’d also occasionally order a Toastie to go with it! 

  • What’s the one thing in your wardrobe that you could not live without?

There’s a blue wraparound dress that I received for Christmas two years ago; it’s my favorite thing to wear-particularly for occasions I need to dress up for-and because it allows me to feel confident. ( Coupled with a pair of earrings I have in the shape of the Effiel Tower!)

  •  What’s the one thing most people do not know about you?

This is a really tricky question, and I can’t share too much-after all, this is the Internet. Probably that one of my favourite songs is Left Outside Alone…

  •  What’s the one thing you want to do before you die?

Get married-possibly in Amsterdam! 

  • What’s theone food you cannot live without?

In terms of food, there’s a lot I don’t eat-I know my favorite things, and I rarely try anything new. (Yes, it’s a bad habit, I know!) Probably: Macorani Cheese, Lasagne, Spag Bol, Makteaser cake, and Skittles. (How healthy!)

  • What’s the one quote you live your life by?

“Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for you country”-John F. Kennedy. (I couldn’t think of any others!) 

  • What is it that you like/dislike about the youtube/blogging community?

I’m not very familiar with YouTube, so my commentary and opinions may be ill-informed about this matter; to me, the whole sphere seems too dominated by petty drama! (Hence why I don’t get involved with it. Also, because I hate talking on Camera.) As a Blogger, I have really begun to dislike Spammers. They comment a lot, and have begun to email my blog address. Why!? But I love how you lot have been so nice to me!

  • What’s the number one song on your Ipod or Itunes?

I don’t use either-sorry!

  • What type of style would you describe yourself as having?

Business woman crossed with a student. In other words; thrown together! 

  • What is your favourite number?

Eighteen! 

  • Name 2 hobbies.

Blogging is my main Hobby I guess, but it’s something that I would like to potentially explore as a profession. But I also love to compose poetry, as well as read.

  • What are two of your pet peeves?

I dislike it when on a train, people reserve seats with bags. Seriously!?! There was one such train ride where a mother with two young children had to stand, because somebody had done this-and when their friend was stations away! I also really dislike jokes about my surname; I’ve  heard everything that is apparently funny to do with Wilkins.

  • And what is your guilty pleasure?

Peacan and praline Haagen Daz. 

I tag: Katie at CountryKatieUk, Natalie at Youralmostalice, Lauren at This Stuff Is Golden, Freya at Freya’s Nook, and Liza Kallas at Sugar Loaf Dreamer.

Lydia

XO

The Blogger Tag.Β 

Recently, I saw this tag circulating on Twitter, and thought that I just had to have a go. (Courtesy of this post here.) Now, I do love a good tag post. So I just had to have a go. The questions have been slightly adapted for purposes of language.


1. When and why did you start blogging?

I started way back in July of 2012; I had collected an old clipping from Shout Magazine, featuring Cat from (what was called at the time) Life Through A Cat’s Eyes. Blogging to me looked really cool! And for a sometimes lonely preteen, it just seemed to be a way in to something…plus the benefit of writing! I’ve always loved writing.

2.  Where does your blog name come from?
Two people; Sylvia Plath and Stacey Duguid, the ELLE Columnist from a few years ago. Plath had her internship in 1953 at Mademoiselle Magazine in New York; the original magazine that was literary, full of style, and seemed to suggest a career. Duguid was a very stylish columnist. And I wanted to blend the two together. We can be like the women from Mademoiselle Magazine, and still have substance! (The ‘women’ part of the URL was so I could have Mademoiselle, as it was otherwise taken at the time.)

3. What do you blog about and why?
Lifestyle! Because I can write about whatever I wish, without the constraints of one category.

4. What was the first blog you started following?
What was then called Life Through A Cats Eyes.

5. What is your favorite thing about blogging?
Apart from the writing-which is something I get enormous satisfaction from-my favorite thing would have to be the people. Bloggers are just so nice!

6. What do you find is the toughest thing about blogging?
Keeping organised. As somebody attempting  aiming to carry out the 365 day challenge, I have to post daily. And obviously, this is not an easy feat to accomplish! You have to write your content, take/edit photos, organise guest posts, ramp up your hits via social media, pitch to brands, schedule posts on time, and keep coming up with ideas. Then it starts all over again..

7. What is your biggest blogging pet peeve?
Not knowing the difference between a blog and a blog post.

8. What camera and photo editing software do you use?

I either use the camera on my phone or my iPAD. But I have a photo editing app downloaded on my iPAD-I forget the name, but it may just be Photo Editor. And it’s so simple, quick, and easy to use-plus my photos look better. 

9. What would be your dream campaign?

To work with Dior or Glamour Magazine UK.

10. How do you come up with posts ideas?
Sometimes I take inspiration from Twitter-posts I’ve enjoyed, so I wrote my own version. (If I do, I link back to the post that inspired me first of all). Secondly, my brain! Ha ha. But in all seriousness, I do take note of the news-I have to as an aspiring journalist-which comes with my opinions, etc. (Then I write!) It may also be what I enjoy-my Filofax, books, etc. Additionally, I also work with brands-I pitch, and write my review. Lastlly, I also coordinate guest posts.

11. How and what keeps you motivated to keep writing?
I keep motivated by sometimes saving drafts, and not automatically scheduling them. That way, if I have a lack of ideas, I can still keep going! 

12. What are your blogging goals for 2018?
Have a break! Posting daily is hard work-baring in mind I don’t make any profit-and my ideas do have a limit. 

13. What advice would you pass on to new bloggers?
Whatever anyone says, does, thinks, etc, don’t stop. Blogging is a great thing to do; it may take you a while to find your ‘voice’, but it’s so worthwhile when you do. 

I tag Kimberly Jessica, Country Katie UK, This Stuff Is Golden, and anyone else who wishes to take part!

Lydia

XO

The Unpopular Book Opinions Tag. ο»Ώ

So, some way or another, I was lead to The Diary Of A Bookish Girl. (Click here to view.) And I read this excellent book tag, that I thought I would love to also write myself! 


But first of all, I Tag the following bloggers. (Basically meaning that because their name is included here, they could write up and post this tag.)

  • Katie at Country Katie UK.
  • Lauren at This Stuff Is Golden.
  • Kimberly Jessica at Kimberly Jessica.
  • Freya at Freya’s Nook.
  • Lizabeth Westwood at Lizabeth Westwood.

Here are my answers to the set questions:

What is a popular book or series that you didn’t like? 

I just could not seem to get on board with The Hunger Games. At best, I don’t really like fantasy, ultimately preferring a thriller or a book about issues with a twist-try Jodi Picoult-because this genre seems more legitimate, in the aims that the characters wish to achieve. Plus, it was teenagers just fighting to the death…nothing fun about that!

A book or series that you love but everyone seems to hate?

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. Whenever I’m reading this book, someone will spot the cover, raise the eyebrows, and make an alarmed noise. It’s a shame really-because what Plath did to herself seems to have overshadowed her work. I like this in particular because there is some depth to the character, and it shows how one depressive mind had worked.

A love triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did not want them to end up with, or an OTP you didn’t like?

I’m not sure what an OTP is πŸ˜‚ And I haven’t really got an answer for this question either.

A popular genre you hardly reach for?

As I’ve already said, Fantasy and I just do not get on. Which is odd, in terms of films; a thriller can see a human given super strength-aim looking at you, Bond – but that’s a thriller. Which I adore. But the fantasy genre in films seems to be taken to such an extreme at times. 

A popular or beloved character that you did not like?

Bridget Jones from The Bridget Jones series. 

A popular book trope that you are tired of seeing?

Gotta be Twighlight! Again, with this fantasy thing…😁 But it just seemed to be a little warped in intention, for some of the characters. Way too gory for me!

A popular series that you have no interest in reading?

See above!

What film did you prefer to the book?

I haven’t really an answer…

Please bear in mind that these are just my opinions, and are of no discredit to the books themselves. Keep on enjoying these books, because they have a kinship with their fan bases!

Lydia

XO
 

50 Random Facts About Me Tag.Β 

Around the Blogger universe, several bloggers have completed the fifty random facts about me tag. Essentially, you write fifty random facts about yourself, and tag ten other bloggers to do the same. So, here we go!

  1. I’m definitely a cat person, rather than a dog person 😺
  2. The first concert that I went to see was The Saturdays-although I cannot recall how old I was. And I can’t remember much about the concert itself.
  3. I don’t really enjoy drinking-I just hate the feeling of being out of control. But if the occasion calls for it, I like cider. Bulmers, to be precise. And not much else…yeah……..
  4. In 2015, I got to meet Anastacia, Brian May, and Derren Brown.
  5. I can crochet fairly averagely. And I enjoy sitting in front of the TV in the evening, manipulating wool in my hands. And I can makes bags, scarves, cat toys, glasses cases, snakes, cats, etc. I love it!
  6. My earliest memory is of listening to You’re My Best Friend by Queen.
  7. When manicuring My often unkempt nails, red is my favorite and preffered shade. Has to be a deep red. It suits my personality, I guess.
  8. Jacqueline Kennedy and Carly Simon are my role models and icons.
  9. Anne Frank prompted my interest in World War Two history.
  10. And every year, largely, I’ve read her diary.
  11. My favorite film is Highlander. 
  12. Oh, and Funny Face, Defiance, and Bridge Of Spies.
  13. If I could choose to be any woman as a persona, it would have to be Carly Simon in her Vengeance video. She’s so airly confident, and with herself. I wish that I could be like that.
  14. I actually find Facebook quite hard to use.
  15. My favorite social media website is Twitter.
  16. If you asked me who is my historic icon, it would have to be Ida Wells. About a hundred years prior to Rosa Parks, she stood up against slavery in the Deep South.
  17. Bulmers Cider is my choice of drink.
  18. The last book I read was The Help.
  19. New Years Resolutions don’t really suit me-and I prefer goals to achieve for the new year. 
  20. I can’t sing.
  21. The first record I bought from a shop was Queen’s A Night At The Opera.
  22. The first record I bought online was Anastacia’s Ressurection.
  23. My favorite book is Dreaming In French.
  24. And The Diary Of Anne Frank..
  25. Plus House Rules…
  26. Pain, Parties, Work…
  27. And finally, Ariel.
  28. Flats instead of high heels are generally my preffered footwear choices.
  29. That said, I do like trainers, or a small block heel.
  30. My hair is too dark to dye without bleaching it first. Since I’ve never bleached it, my hair has generally always been brunette. However, I did manage to find a good pink dye that just sprays in.
  31. My first work experience was at NME for five days.
  32. I love pencil skirts.
  33. Or plain trousers. With a patterned shirt.
  34. In playing a game of Articulate, the catergory I’m best at is Person. I read too much, I guess-could do more on the fiction front, I guess.
  35. My preferred writing implement is a fountain pen.
  36. I also own a Typewriter.
  37. At times I can be a little superstitious; for instance, I own a lucky pair of earrings, with the Effiel tower and a red rose on them. Good things just seem to happen when I wear them…
  38. I’ve had many nicknames-Liddels being one.
  39. And Angry being another. That was for being assertive…
  40. I’m a Feminist.
  41. I’ve also had braces.
  42. Currently I’m studying English, Politics, and History.
  43. My favorite James Bond is Spectre.
  44. I atcually don’t really like Harry Potter, in terms of the books-I prefer the films, and loved the studio tour.
  45. My favorite moment of last year was meeting Anastacia.
  46. In putting on my make up, I prefer colourful lips-because I find it hard to apply liner/eyeshadow to my eyes. It’s hard to see.
  47. Bear Yoyos is my favoured snack.
  48. But Lemon Sherbets are also.
  49. Horses scare me.
  50. I love libraries. The British Library is epic (!)

I tag…

  • Katie at Country Katie.
  • Lauren at This Stuff Is Golden.
  • Aisling at Aisling.
  • Kimberly Jessica at Kimberly Jessica. 
  • Lizabeth at Lizabeth Westwood.
  • Freya at Freya’s Nook. 
  • Nicole at Thrifty Vintage Fashion.
  • Cat at Life Through A Cats Eyes.
  • Ian at The Filofaxist.

Lydia

XO