Thursday, 31 December 2015

Goodbye 2015, oh why hello 2016!

I have written this exact post once a year for the past four years and for the first time, I’m lost for words.

On this exact date I sum up my year, I look back at everything. My mistakes, the joy I felt and anything that made the year good or bad. I’m sure you’re aware I have been absent from my blog, to put it bluntly it has been an awful year and I haven’t felt myself in a very long time. 

However, I see no point in self-loathing, feeling sorry for myself and not getting on with life.
I learnt that in 2015, in fact I learnt a lot this year. I learnt to deal with things and carry on with life, I learnt to drag my arse out of bed even on the gloomiest day, I learnt to accept that life isn’t fair and the biggest lesson of all, I learnt a lot about myself.

I’m not a complete Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh however, I started my dream career in 2015 and have loved every second of it.I shall be sharing my experience of journalism with you all very soon!

This year I’m not making any New Year Resolutions, other than to simply enjoy 2016 as much as I possibly can.

2015 may have been awful and I may have spent the majority of it sad, but guess what, I’m ending 2015 with a smile slapped across my face, my lips coated in an expensive red lipstick and full of excitement for a new chapter in my life to begin. 

I end this post with the mindset that this is the last time I shall talk about 2015 on this blog, I have been planning content for months and am getting my website redesigned for the New Year. I am making categories’ for beauty, lifestyle, food, fashion, interior and even sex and relationships (I know, saucy ay).

I have even started planning for Halloween and Blogmas 2016, too much? I know, I'm sad.

Happy New Year to all my lovely readers, I can’t wait to show you all my new content and everything to come in 2016!

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

My 'Toys R Us' Christmas tree! - BLOGMAS

This year I have gone for a ‘Toys R Us’ theme for my Christmas tree, who says toys are just for under the tree?
I very much have a quirky taste in everything, the more unique and different the better. I actually want to purchase a larger white tree and place a variety of Disney character tree ornaments on it, how cool would that be?
The ornaments on this tree are from John Lewis and Paperchase, I don’t mind spending the extra buck, as I know they will last me quite a few Christmas’.
I’ll leave you to browse through the photos and let them do the talking and hopefully they will give you some inspiration.

I’d love to see your Christmas tree’s so feel free to tag me in them on Twitter (@Sophie_Blackman) and on Instagram (@vavaviolett)
Let me know in the comments what you think of my ‘Toys R Us’ tree and how you have decorated yours!

Christmas misfits, Giveaway and Olaf! - BLOGMAS

I’m no Scrooge when it comes to Christmas, in fact as typical as it sounds I turn into an excited little Olaf.
Spending time with family, Christmas scented candles, food, lots and lots of food, good excuse to get drunk and of course, I can’t pretend I don’t care… presents aka free stuff.
I will be doing Blogmas for the 3rd year in a row, even with a full time job I refuse to miss out on my favourite time of the year (even though I am posting this on day 2 of Blogmas, nice going Soph).
I spent the 1st putting up my tree, listening to Michael Buble’s Christmas album and of course, most importantly, giving my dogs day 1 of their advent calendars’.
I have a couple of days off in December, which I am already planning to spend them working on my blog as I have missed it so much!
I will also be doing a Christmas giveaway, I'm thinking of giving away one of the Kylie Jenner Lip Kits, what would you think of that?
So I suppose this is just a little post to announce that I am doing Blogmas for the 3rd year in a row and I will be utterly knackered and brain dead by the end of December.

Leave me a comment suggesting any Christmas themed blog posts you would like to see!

Friday, 13 November 2015

LIFE UPDATE: Single life, FOLO, journalism career

I feel like the best way to get my arse back into blogging is to give you all a little update and most importantly, prove I haven’t died and am in fact, just a mess.
I am usually the most organised person, I list everything, have a constant to do list and even fold my knickers and my socks in their draws neatly. Yupp, I know, sad.
I’m very much comparable to Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory, I love my routines and get very comfortable doing the same thing. I always order the same thing from a menu, I’m a creature of habit and I’m quite content that way.
So when something changes in life, for some odd reason I get flustered and it takes me quite awhile to get back to my usual self.
You may know if you have read my blog for awhile, that 2015 has been a bit of a tragic year. So much so that I’m still dealing with it and haven’t been my usual bubbly self for quite some time now.
I’m someone who I like to say is very ‘egg’ like, I have a hard shell and don’t let people see the negative emotions I’m feeling. I keep them extremely bottled up and instead crack some dark humour jokes and act as if I’m the most bubbliest character in the room. 
I just prefer to focus on the more positive aspects of my life.
It would be interesting to see if anyone else handles emotions like I do? (Basically doesn’t handle them at all) I just feel like I’m bothering people if I tell them my problems and would much rather keep it locked inside my massive head, literally hats don’t fit me.
I suppose I wanted to be honest on my blog. I haven’t felt like taking pretty pictures, writing happy upbeat reviews on mascara’s, writing about my dull life and taking selfies for makeup looks and I’m not mad at myself about it. I needed a blogging break, to be honest I still don’t feel myself but I need to start changing things.
I’m not depressed, in case anyone was wondering that by now, as this post is not the most light hearted piece I’ve ever written.
I wake up early every morning, go to work, come home see friends and family, I go out clubbing on the weekend and spend far too much money on wine. I never sit around moping and I’m trooping through, I’m not the type to spend 24hours a day watching tat on Netflix.
I’m not going to blast what my problems are over the internet, I just simply wanted my readers to know, yes, I am currently sad sloth Soph but I will be perfectly fine!
Also with this FOLO (fear of life offline) trending, I must admit I have been avoiding social media slightly because of it. Scrolling through Instagram and seeing beautiful photos of couples all loved up, kind of made me feel a little worse, so for quite some time I avoided social media. 
I will most likely do a separate post on my opinions on FOLO, as I feel it is immensely important.

Life is not all doom and gloom, I felt I should leave the happiness till the end of the blog post, so you don’t leave my blog completely miserable.
Since I was a little girl, myself and my best friend used to create newspapers and magazines, pretending we wrote and designed them. Then as I got older I discovered journalism, I would read papers all the time and was love struck at the idea of being a journalist. I’d beg my mum to buy me every single pretty magazine at £4 a time and reading Vogue was the highlight of my entire month.
At the end of September I started my first journalism job at my local paper, needless to say I’m in love with it and the industry and am so excited for my future. My role is a reporter and I get to write features and articles, if you want me to do a more detailed post on journalism and how to get into it, I’ll be more than happy to do that of course!
I’m super excited for Christmas and am planning to make it the best one yet, I shall be cramming Christmas themed blog posts into this little space on the internet.
Overall, I am in a good place, have a job I love, amazing family and friends and am so excited to get back into blogging.

So watch this space!

Friday, 30 October 2015

You don't have to be a fright this Halloween

Let’s be real, we’re not all party animals, who like to shove a tonne of makeup on our face at Halloween and drunkenly dance terribly to Michael Jacksons Thriller.
Some of us are already verging on 80 in our 18 year old bodies, too scared to open the door in case a child decides to throw toilet roll over you or worse, bombs us with an egg.
You can still enjoy Halloween in your Snoopy pyjamas, which you brought a year ago from Primark for a fiver and not have to leave your house at all or even look out the window!
That’s where I come in, to deliver to you some little festive ideas you can do in the comfort of your own bed.


One of my favourite things to do over the Halloween period is watch horror films and read horror books. There is nothing more satisfying than watching a really good horror film, on Halloween night, while ignoring the doorbell as you eat the sweets that you should be giving to the kids outside.

I recommend watching any of the ‘Saws’ of course, you can’t get more gore than that! Insidious, Nightmare on Elmstreet, the Final Destination films are always entertaining to watch with a group of friends. Halloween Resurrection is always a must this time of year!
Pamper & beauty:

Don’t worry, if you’re a girly girl who hates anything horror, I have your back as well or if you want to watch Saw while pampering yourself… Which not going to lie, I have done before.
Grab yourself a facemask and slap it on your face. Not literally, but you get the point. It is such an easy and cheap way to pamper yourself, with most only being £1.
I always have my nails painted black over Halloween and pretty much the entire year, grab some nail art supplies and go to town on your nails. I’ve always found Halloween is the best time of year to play around with nail art.
Treat yourself – those sweets left over because no kids knocked on your door? (because you didn’t answer) go ahead, no point wasting them now is there!

What are your plans for Halloween this year? Personally I am getting drunk, but a night in, in Snoopy nightwear sounds pretty good to me.


Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Get those dark lips on for Halloween!

“Halloween is the one time of year that you can dress like a total slut and no one can say anything about it.” Five points to you, if you know what film that quote is from.
But that’s not the only thing you can get away with at Halloween, synthetic makeup, playing pranks on literally everyone and of course, wearing that dark lippie you brought four months ago, but were too chicken to leave the house wearing it.
I routed through my lipsticks and picked out three of the best, most out going shades that I had in my collection.
Am I going to try and wear all three on the 31st? Of course I am!
Diva is a matte iconic red, with slightly deeper tones than the likes of Ruby Woo. Mixed with Media, a darker red, it would make the most perfect ‘blood like’ ombre look. Perfect if you’re going as a vampire, zombie or anything bloody.
A colour I am often scared to wear is purples, so if you’re going as a witch or even a fairy this year Pure Heroine could be the perfect lippie for you. 

All three lipsticks have amazing staying power and literally don’t move, especially if you’re going to have your lips locked on a bottle of wine all night, like I will be…

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