31 December 2015

A Reflection on 2015 & Aims for 2016!

Ok, seriously, where has 2015 gone?! I don't know about you but this year seems to have flown by for me.

2015 has been an alright year. Not an amazing one but not a bad one either. However, I feel like a lot has changed this year. I finished my apprenticeship, started studying media production at uni, some of my closest friends moved away, I've made some new friends and after years of having light blonde hair, half of my hair is now brown! (Ok, so that last one wasn't that much of a big deal but it's a huge change for me!)

If I look back on 2015, one thing really stands out to me. At the beginning of the year I felt like I was in a really good place. I was confident in what I was doing and I was happy within myself. I was so sure of myself. Fast forward a few months and I found myself in a relationship. My first serious relationship. My first love? Maybe, but it was definitely my first experience of love. Fast forward again, this time 6 months later, and I started to go through my first proper break up. My heart was broken and in all honesty, it still is a little bit. After the break up I felt kinda lost and I didn't realise how much a break up could throw you off balance. I just didn't feel like myself anymore, I didn't really care about much anymore.

However, I'm definitely starting to pick myself back up now. Fall 7 times, stand up 8, right? And everything happens for a reason. So with this in mind, here are my aims for 2016:

  1. My number 1 aim for 2016 is to get myself back to the person I used to be. I want to be that confident, independent girl again (who don't need no man).
  2. I want to put a lot more time and effort in to this blog. I'm proud of myself for keeping this up for a year without a second thought, but I really want to improve the quality of my content.
  3. I want to be an all-round more positive person. Positive mind, positive vibes.
  4. I really want to try in my uni work, meaning not falling behind and actually coming out with a decent grade!
  5. I want to interact with bloggers more on social media more! This might seem like a bit of a weird one but I love things like blogger Twitter chats, I feel like they really help the blogger community to support one another and it can also help build some great friendships!
  6. I need to get back to eating more healthier. I've been pretty good at it this year but then uni and Christmas happened.
  7. Finally, and this is probably my biggest aim, I really want to be able to call myself an award winning blogger by the end of the year. I know that's hugely ambitious but I figure why not just go for it? Even if I'm just nominated or shortlisted for an award I'll still be super happy!
And speaking of blog awards.. I've just entered the UK Blog Awards. It's a long shot but why not? Voting starts 4th January so I'll be releasing a link to my voting page then!

I've just entered the UK Blog Awards #UKBA16

So those are my aims for 2016, what about you? Let me know in the comments I'd love to hear!

I hope you've all had a great year and here's to a better 2016!

Lucy x

22 December 2015

Christmas Day Outfits '15

Ok, so first of all, I'd like to apologise for not posting in a few weeks! Long story short, I underestimated how much Uni deadlines would take over my life. Sadly this meant that I had to prioritise my work and push the blog posts aside. I've found it quite annoying as I had lots of Christmas blog posts planned out but I just haven't had the time to do them. Oh well, lesson learnt for next year I guess!

Anyway, since tomorrow (23rd) is the last day to order things online to get your order in time for Christmas, I've decided to squeeze an outfit post in! So, if you're still looking for that perfect Christmas outfit then just carry on reading.

1. In The Style - £32.99. I love this rose gold sequin dress. It's perfect if you're going on a night out this Christmas! I'm even considering buying it for New Year's Eve. 

2. Topshop - £40. Are you noticing my obsession with rose gold coming through? I love this top, it's the perfect glam top for Christmas and I love the two-tone look.

3. Topshop - £60. After seeing this in one of Youtuber Zoe Sugg's vlogs, I just had to include this dress! It looked amazing on Zoe and is a lovely christmassy dress with the green sequins.

4. ASOS - £22.50. If you prefer to go for a more cosy option on Christmas then this one's for you. I think I first saw this jumper on Tanya Burr and I fell in love with it. It's the perfect Christmas jumper, cosy yet stylish.

5. Topshop - £42. I think this top is the perfect smart casual option for Christmas. Pair with jeans during the day and a bodycon skirt on the night.

I hope you enjoyed this post and that it has given you some inspiration. Let me know which is your favourite option in the comments below!

Lucy x

2 December 2015

Gift Guide for Girls Under £10

First of all, I can't believe it's December! Say whaaat? This year seems to have flown by for me and I can't believe we're now in the last month of 2015, crazy!

Second of all, December only means one thing...we're officially on the countdown to CHRISTMAS! I loved writing Christmas themed posts last year and am excited to get started with them again this year. So, I decided to take to twitter (@justlucyslife) to create a poll asking you which Christmas related posts you liked reading the most and the clear winner was gift guides/ideas. So, here's my first gift guide! 

Now that I'm a student again I'm definitely having to budget for presents this year, which is why I thought this guide would be perfect for those of you in a similar situation. I'm going to show you some perfect present ideas for girls, whether that be for a friend or family member, and they're all under £10, BONUS!

1. I have loved Tanya Burr's collection ever since it first launched, but I think her Christmas collection this year are my favourite products of hers so far. Here I've chosen her small gift sets in Toasted Marshmallow and Sugar Plum (how cute are those names?! ) and her nail kit. The Nail Polish sets are just £4 each and the Nail Kit is £6. So reasonably priced and not to mention beautifully packaged!

2. Soap and Glory are always a favourite at Christmas, I always seem to end up with something from that brand mixed in my Christmas presents. However, I'm definitely not complaining about that. Retailing at £10 exactly I think Soap and Glory sets are the perfect little pamper gift to give at Christmas.

3. LUSH. You can't go wrong with LUSH. They do the best products at Christmas and they even make little Christmas boxes for £9.95 which include bath bombs, bath melts, bubble bars and more. Plus, they're already gorgeously wrapped so it saves you the job!

4. 2 years ago one of my best friends got me a Christmas Starbucks mug and it's still one of my favourite presents I've received to date. I just love using my Starbucks mug at this time of year (especially for hot chocolate), it makes me feel all warm and festive. This mug is £8.50 and comes with chocolate, what's not to love?

5. This last one's a bit of a unique idea I think. I'm obsessed with my polaroid camera and I love taking pictures to put up on my wall, but if you don't have a polaroid camera then this is the next best option! You can go on a website called Polargram and create your own polaroids from Instagram pictures for just over £5 to get printed out which you can then give as a very personal and lovely gift to a friend or family member. Love!

So there's my first Gift Guide for Christmas this year. Did you find this useful? And what other Christmas related blog posts would you like to see on my blog? Let me know in the comments, I'd love to hear any requests!

Lucy x
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