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"A" Is For Autumn

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Autumn is here guys. It’s mine and many other’s favourite time of the year. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the summer days however I appreciate a cosy night in a lot more. Yay to September currently being here and an even bigger YAY to October which is just around the corner and I’m slightly (by that I mean VERY) excited about it.

Here’s a few reasons as to why we should all be pretty damn excited about autumn this year…

1.      Those loose, knitted jumpers that are just the most comfy items of clothing to wear on the colder days. Especially the oversized jumpers that can be worn over leggings or tucked into some mom jeans. Yes please.

2.      The candles that smell of pumpkins or sugar donuts just never get old. I would happily have these scents around my bedroom all year round but I feel like they are a bit more special around this time of year. If only we had a Bath and Body Works in the UK I’d be buying all the autumn candles and my bank balance would probably hate me.

3.      Slouching around the house in fluffy pyjamas or a onesie as soon as you get home from work whilst drinking endless amounts of tea.

4.      Speaking of hot drinks. Hot chocolates with whipped cream and marshmallows.

5.      I will forever love dark lipsticks however I love them just that little bit more during autumn. Give me all the plums and browns and I’ll be happy.

6.      Blankets. I will never get enough of blankets. Tartan patterned blankets though are just on another level. Who doesn’t love snuggling up in blankets?

7.      One word, Halloween. It’s one of my favourite days. I love carving pumpkins and I love visiting a scare festival each year. Can we also talk about Bonfire Night? Fireworks are so pretty to watch.

8.      For those that are hard-core Netflix watchers like myself you’ll know that Riverdale Season 2 airs in October and I’m over the moon about it! It feels like I’ve been waiting ages for this new season, I just want jughead back on my screen please and thank you.

9.      I’m not sure what it is about autumn that makes me want to bake anything and everything. It could be a mixture of the Great British Bake Off and the fact that I just love food in general, but I’m always wanting to bake. Kind of fancy an apple crumble now…

10.  Saying hello to my electric blanket which always makes an appearance around this time of the year.

11.  Give me all the comfort food. Steak, pies and mash. Also is it too early to start eating mince pies? I think not.

12.  Getting ready for the lead up to Christmas! How exciting knowing that now we’re in autumn, Christmas is just around the corner.

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What do you love the most about Autumn? 

Little Life Update: New Beginnings, Custom Media Kits & September Goals

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Oh hey, September. Can we just take a moment to acknowledge the fact that it’s already September? Where has the time gone? I honestly feel like this year has completely flown by and it’s kind of scary. Can we also just acknowledge that I’m actually writing a blog post, for those of you that read my little blog and follow me on social media then 1) Thank you and 2) You’d know that I have been having some blogging struggles when it comes down to producing content and just genuinely trying to find the time. 

Even though the year has gone by within a blink, I can honestly say it’s been one of the best years so far. I turned 21, I got engaged and in this particular month I’m starting a new chapter. I’ve been a waitress/door host at a restaurant for 2 years and although I really liked it to start off with, I ended up hating it in the long run – don’t get me wrong because the people I worked with are great and I know I’ve made some friends for life however the job itself was completely draining and I just got so fed up of working evenings that I thought it was time for a change altogether. Tomorrow is the start of my new job as a trainee optical assistant and I couldn’t be happier about it, I have no idea what to expect but at this moment in time I’m feeling nothing but positive about it. One of my main goals throughout September is to work as hard as I can and to learn as much as possible. 

One thing that I have been enjoying in my spare time is creating Media Kits and after a lot of practice with creating some of my own, I am now offering to create Custom Media Kits for other bloggers completely free of charge. I’m in the middle of making one for the wonderful Debra-Bow and I’ve had so much fun in the process. If you want to get in touch with me about Media Kits then please feel free to contact me at: fadingtulips@yahoo.co.uk or DM me on Twitter.

I know we are only on the 3rd day of this month however I’m feeling super inspired and motivated that I have come up with some personal and blog goals which I would love to achieve in September and hopefully throughout the rest of the year:

Spend more time with my FiancĂ©: Having this new job means I don’t have to work evening shifts anymore which also means I can spend some much needed time with my fiancĂ©. He works days and I usually worked evenings which meant that we only saw each other properly at night before bed. I’m really looking forward to finishing work at 6pm and spending the evening at the cinema or just chilling at home watching a Netflix series together.

Buy a Domain: This is well and truly overdue. I have been blogging for over 3 years and I still haven’t managed to buy my own domain name. Not sure why or what’s stopping me however it will happen. I guess I’m just scared in case my blog doesn’t work properly afterwards but I don’t know. If anyone has any tips on domains then please comment below, I have no clue what I’m doing when it comes to that stuff!

De-clutter my makeup: As a lover of makeup and being a beauty blogger, I love to collect makeup. On the other hand I’m also such a hoarder which means I will keep everything and anything even if it’s probably out of date (so gross) and even if its stuff that I just haven’t touched and I know I won’t use. I like to keep everything. It’s a massive problem because now my collection has become too overgrown for my storage drawers and it looks like a complete mess.

Stop buying takeaways: Yes Charlotte, this includes those late night trips to McDonalds. I need to stop wasting my money on takeaways especially when I could be saving for more important things. It got to the point where I ate takeaways once or sometimes twice a week which is never good for you, I want to cut it down completely to around twice a month because you know, I can’t give up on Domino’s completely.

Get myself a new camera: I have a perfectly fine working Nikon camera, however I’ve had my eye on either an Olympus Pen or a Canon for a while now as the quality is a lot better and I love how you can change the lenses and it has WIFI. I know that it’ll be an investment but it has been something I have wanted for a while now and I know I’ll use it all the time therefore it’ll be worth it. Just need to get saving!

Photos taken by Taylor and Sarah: tmaemakeup and Ohitsare

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Do you have any goals for September? How’s your year been so far? 
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