Blogger Recognition Award 

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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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

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Why I dislike having my photo taken..


Photos. Photos. Photos. Uggghhhh.

I really dislike having my photo taken. And as a warning, this post was written as a ‘rant’-although I’m trying to be logical and balanced. That’s a possible fail.

Anyway, back to the topic; I dislike having my photo taken. I really detest it-the awkwardness, coupled with the fact that it’ll possibly be put on display-be it a byline photo, your parents mantelpiece, newspaper, etc. (The latter one was a particular ‘favourite’; me smiling with a rather large tongue stuck out. How embarrassing.)

In my lifetime, there’s been a general increase in technological culture;you’re reading this blog right now, for instance. We Instagram, tweet, Facebook, email, read e-books. Essentially, we move electronically, in amongst this huge field of data. But what happens with such a thing as trolling?

In spite of the fact that I’m a blogger, my life is still private to me; I have every right to maintain my privacy. I may write about my social impairment, yet you don’t know intimate details of that. You don’t know my friendships, my likes or dislikes, what I eat for dinner, etc. 

Plus, I’m just awkward. And there’s so much time between posing and snapping!

Caitlin Moran wrote the brilliant piece about why she doesn’t just smile, but brings out her ‘Muppet face’ for photos-simply because it proves the point she isn’t static, but rather alive and kicking. But I think I’ve used that trick for too long-I’m told to smile more often, stand up straight, etc. The mullet face isn’t going to work any more.

As long as I’m laughing, I’m happy, just not comfortable in photos.

What do you think about having your photo taken?

Lydia

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In defence of social media. 

Looking back over a few of my posts, I’ve begun to think and feel that my writing has become a little bit constrained-almost stilted, to the point that it’s a little bit bland. There’s no real opinion-just a middle ground-or any real engagement. Therefore, for the purpose of this post, I wanted to debate the merits of social media-and would love to hear your thoughts in the comments, ironically enough. (It’ll also probably be a bit of an odd opinion piece; after all, I’m a blogger writing this!)

In recent times, Social Media seems to have reached its pinnacle: there’s new filters on Snapchat, we hear about a young girl tweeting from Aleppo, and the crisis ostensibly surrounding ‘Fake news’. Really, it seems to have seeped into just about every function that we have. 

I find that social media can be heavily criticised, particularly if anyone is perceived as always interacting with it. There’s ostensibly too many cat photos, memes, etc-that apparently make the whole form a waste of time. It seemingly doesn’t achieve greatly, in terms of interactions. It’s just a communication function, right?

Wrong.

In referencing The Big Life by Ann Shoket, out in March, social media and other forms of technology has helped transform services and careers dramatically. Instead of randomly tweeting cute dog photos, to nobody in particular, these people in pursuit of The Big Life have built a career on the back of social media-such as with beauty vloggers, Journalists, bloggers, etc. Surely that’s incredible? These entrepreneurs are of a new generation, and have utilised a new asset to transform the careers sector.

It’s also a new way of digesting media; in covering a crisis, you’ll probably find more out about it on Twitter, Snapchat, whatever. (Although this does bring in the issue of fake news, this mode is authentic in its pace, reception, and transmission.) It’ll be a while prior to major new websites and newspapers breaking the story. And maybe this new journalism could be a good thing-in raising awareness, and keeping world leaders to account. (Just keep in mind about fake news-excerise caution in reading.)

To me, social media is a huge asset-and I write this as a blogger, a teenager, a student, and a high functioning autistic. As long as it’s utilised in the right way, we may just get somewhere.

What do you think about social media? Leave your thoughts in the comments-

Lydia

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My favorite apps. Because we’re all obsessed with technology, right?

So, as I write this, it’s late, and I really want to go to sleep. You can probably blame my phone for this: I feel a compulsion to blog, for just one more post… It seemed fitting, therefore, to show you my favorite apps. Thrifty Vintage Fashion partially inspired this; go and read the blog, so much better than mine. Anyway..

Blackplayer.

Blackplayer is a free music app, that’s not subscription based. I already had my tunes, why pay again? There’s largely female artists, such as Anastacia, Carly Simon and Lissie, though I do love a little bit of Queen and Phillipa Hanna. It also has a playlist section and artists biographies. What’s not to like?

Facebook.

I have a blog, that’s almost continually updating. This serves as insparation, really. I also have it linked to Messanger.

Instagram.

I love to look at what other brands are doing, and it’s also a database of contacts that I’m slowly building.

WordPress.

Blogging on the go people, on the go!

Twitter.

This is my main point of contact, as I just find it far easier than Facebook or Instagram. Besides, it also seems far politer.

I am also a bit obsessed with Election Day; racing to be President. Not long until Election Day!

What apps do you have on your phone?

Lydia

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#AskACurator..on behalf of Mademoiselle.

Yesterday-if you’re a Twitter user-was ask a curator day. (Hence the hashtag in this posts’ title.) Mainly-the way I see it-is that you get to ask any question, and not worry about being in a snit. ) Yes-I didn’t know about it, until I saw this link. (Click here to view.) Here, from my timeline, is part of the conversations I had over Twitter-to generally learn a bit more.

British Institutions:

National Portrait Gallery:

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(Sorry, WordPress couldn’t find this initially-so had to take a screen shot. It says: “What plays a part in scheduling exhibitions? Would you ever consider a Queen exhibit?”)

The response (I couldn’t embed it again:)

“-Relevance to audiences + our collections, potential to attract new audiences, space, feasibility..

– Wider exhibition and learning programmes, originality and intellectual rigour; the list goes on!

-We also held an exhibition on the Queen in 2012 (Click to view link.) ”

I did in fact mean the Rock band Queen. Another user spotted this-replying “(except I think she means these guys)” , complete with a picture of Bohimien Rhapsody. They haven’t had an exhibition yet-but have “a soft spot for this” portrait kept at the gallery. (Click to view.)

Braintree Museum:

The question was about , what is the most surprising thing that many people don’t know about Braintree? This was the response.

Another user also chatted to me about Edward Bawden-blog post to come soon!

British library:

(No response at time of writing.) The question was “Do you stock any Sylvia Plath material? Do you have anything stored related to Queen (rock band)?” Sylvia Plath info-the blog I’ve guest posted for-replied for me:

British museum:

(No response at time of writing.)

National gallery:

(One user responded by favoriting the tweet.)

Roman Baths:

American institutions:

JFK library:

(No response at time of writing.)

FDR library:

The response-retweeted by @OurPresidents. (Good reminder the internet is vast!)

Next question:

Then:

(Sorry about the lack of fluency there!)

Mount Vernon:

https://twitter.com/Mademoisellllee/status/644172867370942464

(No response at time of writing.)

These are just a few examples-please feel free to let me know what you thought in the comments

 

(Last) week in pictures

So, this post is all about last week in pictures- a mix of my own pictures, and some from Twitter. Credit to this blog (click here to view) for inspiring the idea: Any photos that are not mine will be marked..

Saw this in a shop. Shake it and it turns pink/ purple. Yet, what is it?

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This picture of the black lion was on Twitter. Isn’t it beautiful?

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Source: Twitter.

Snowdrops nearby my house. Sorry for the awful quality!

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Feeling inspired by this picture & quote from the Twitter page of Elizabeth Winder:

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Source: Twitter

Found this cheap in the local shop:

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Loved these glasses- from the Twitter page of Anastacia!

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Marshmallow fluff.

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In the Easter mood!

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Source: Twitter.

Found this in Asda’s. I really like Ice Age.

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This- well, almost paraphrased Eleanor Roosvelt, as far as I know- quote inspired me. I really like it:

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Source: Twitter.

Started to use my other new notebook:

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What did you do last week?