Sunday, 30 July 2017

3 weird things in the news lately: Trump vs Chrissy Teigen, Lidl takes on McDonald's by the nuggets, Ben & Jerry's controversial secret revealed


The world is slowly becoming a better place because you can get nuggets like McDonald's ones for £1.69, Donald Trump threw a tantrum and blocked a model because he couldn't take the stick and you can spread Ben & Jerry's ice cream on your garden weeds to kill them. 

Now all I need this week is for a scientist to announce that unicorns are real and you can buy them for cheap as chips on eBay and I'm all set.



Donald Trump vs Chrissy Teigen


Twitter was a sea of laughing emoji's this week after nine years of sassy tweets by Chrissy Teigen directed at Donald Trump finally took a toll on the President of America. In the end, it took five words from the model to strike a nerve following her tweet "lol no one likes you" alright Regina George. 

Trump blocked her but despite it taking nearly a decade, it's not really a massive surprise as the famous businessman has got a record of blocking people who criticise him on Twitter. 

Our favourite exchange between the pair was after Trump tweeted "We must keep 'evil' out of our country!" in February this year and Chrissy replied, "What time should we call your Uber?". You can't deny the girls comebacks are beyond entertaining but some Twitter users took Trump's side. One user tweeted Chrissy "He's our president, respect him".

Anyone got any Kleenex to hand to Trumpy?




Chicken nuggets anyone?



Lidl, famous for their bargains, have taken on our favourite hungover cure - McDonald's chicken nuggets. You can now get yourself 10 nuggets that look just like the big M's for just £1.69 and no we're not sh*tting you. 

The supermarket tweeted "take that Ronald" with a picture of the packaging which resembles McDonald's own packaging, cheeky. 

People who have tried the nuggets have stated that they even taste the same. Guess a trip to Lidl needs to happen then. 




Ben & Jerry's and the weed killer chemical that you've been munching on


Before we get into this one, just know Ben & Jerry's I love you and you have got me through many break ups. But traces of a controversial chemical have been found in several varieties of their ice cream.

Glyphosate is the main ingredient in the popular Roundup brand weed killer, and The Organic Consumers Association confirmed this week that it was found in 10 out of 11 Ben & Jerry flavour samples, including the classic brownie flavour.

The flavours us Brits love that tested positive were; Peanut Butter Cup, Vanilla, Phish Food, Half Baked, Chocolate Fudge Brownie and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.

Despite the fact this stuff kills weeds there is no reason not to eat it in your ice cream as long as the average adult doesn't eat more than 290,000 servings a day according to Environmental Protection Agency. If you can eat that much in a day we would be very impressed.

"We're working to transition away from GMO as far away as we can get," said Rob Michalak, global director of social mission at Ben & Jerry's. "But then these tests come along, and we need to better understand where the glyphosate they're finding is coming from. Maybe it's from something that's not even in our supply chain, and so we're missing it."

Will you carry on munching tub after tub? We will be.



Written by VavaViolet's Founder and Editor-in-Chief Sophie Blackman.


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Friday, 28 July 2017

Should we, as women, use Linkedin to find love?


Is your dad's favourite social media site really a place to find a decent man? Potentially. 

Think about it, it's a site full of career driven men, who wear nice shirts, care about their life, and most likely have a decent sized brain as well. This, of course, is if you like an older man who probably isn't interested in just sticking it in you once - we assume. You can literally read their CV before your first date, slightly creepy,  but it will answer some of your questions before wasting your time. 

Andrew Marcus, a 27-year-old CEO and founder of MyTennisLessons.com, was in need of a new tennis pro for his sports coaching startup in 2013 and logged on to LinkedIn to find one.
While he was browsing profiles looking for someone to take on this role he came across Rosalia Lopez de Alda, a 26-year-old professional tennis player with the Women’s Tennis Association. Although his first thoughts weren’t about her good looks (she didn’t have a picture on her profile) it instead focused on her skills and experience. Something all our Linkedin profiles should focus on really, displaying our worth not our looks.
The two, both based in Texas, met up to talk business and hit it off. They have been dating ever since. So it can happen, you can find love on the site.
However, while their story is sweet and all we don't recommend using the site for this purpose, especially as a woman. There is a fine line between business and your love life and how people and potential employers will see you. Use your profile to showcase your self-worth, not your Instagramable eyebrows and pearly whites. The majority of the people on Linkedin are serious businessmen and women and it's a competition at the end of the day to display what you can do and why people should work with you or for you. 
But let’s face it the work place can be a sexy environment to be in. Suits, skirts, high heels, and makeup, versus ponytails or worse buns, laundry, old jeans and diapers. A professional setting, whether in the office or even online, highlights the drive and ambition in others, which can prove to be a huge turn on. If you can fall in love in the office then it's easily done on a viral office but be careful not to let it ruin your reputation. Focus on your career and if it's meant to happen, it will happen. 

Written by VavaViolet's Founder and Editor-in-Chief Sophie Blackman.

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

5 tips to be ultra confident in every situation


Confidence can and will always get you what ever you want. It's the one opinion I have that no body can sway, it's the one thing that I rely on, but most importantly it is the one thing that no body can take away from me. It took time and work to be confident in myself and I'll never lose that now.

I grew up feeling like I'd never achieve anything in life. I always thought I'd be 'nothing' in society's eyes. By that I mean I thought I'd never have a voice, that nobody would take me seriously and listen to what I had to say, never thought I'd have a rocking body, money, you know, the things we all dream about and think will make us confident. Let's get cliche, confidence isn't how much is in your bank, it's not how hot you are, it's how you view yourself deep down.

I'm losing weight by the day, working out when I can, eating clean, earning money every day, I've upped my skin care, I've spent thousands on my hair and makeup but none of that adds to my 'confidence'. I've always been the loudest in the room, I just never knew it until I realised. 

Confidence isn't about being vain, it's not even about loving yourself, it's just about feeling good about what you do and what you can do. 

My maths teacher always told me I would fail in life and I used to smirk and ignore him when I was a teen because deep down I knew I would be okay, deep down I was confident I was just scared to show it in case people thought I was 'big headed', but I'm far from being up myself I just know what I'm capable of. If you put your mind to it, you can be confident in yourself too. But here are 10 things I do daily to show people 'I can do this' some may be 'vain' (flossing my teeth after every meal for example) it's not life or death but they truly are little things that will help your confidence and let me tell you why!

Floss like you've never flossed in your life
A big part of being or appearing confident is to speak. Let your opinions and views be heard. The next time you want to pitch an idea at work just do it. I like to floss after every meal now to keep up my personal hygiene. When you stand and speak in an environment like a pitch at work your teeth and face are what people are looking at so by flossing it makes me feel confident to stand there while everyone's eyes are on me without the fear of some rocket from my salad being stuck between my gnashers. 

Get yourself a good blazer
My life changed the day I bought myself a tailored blazer. This one is mainly aimed at the ladies who work in an office or some form of profession. Looking the part will make you feel the part and when you feel the part you'd be surprised what you can do.

Getting freaky under the sheets
The main place women lack confidence is in the bedroom if you're sick of telling guys to turn off the lights before getting down and dirty then light up your own world and get your arse to a shop like Ann Summers. The women there in my experience have always been a great help in finding me the sexiest set of matching underwear. They'll help you find a bra that fits like a glove, they'll teach you how to put suspenders on, the trick of how to put stockings on without laddering them is one I will take to my grave and never forget. 

The playlist
Make yourself a playlist full of empowering songs from inspirational women and listen to it on your way to a place that you need confidence. Just trust me on this one.

Forget boys
Don't choke on your tongue I don't mean sex. Forget what boys think of you, in fact, forget what everyone thinks of you. Who gives a sh*t what other people think? I don't that's for sure. It's wasted time to worry about it and will only make you doubt yourself. Flick your hair, smirk, and carry on your day. You'll never look back. 


You don't need to lose weight, buy all the makeup, or be Beyonce, just have faith in yourself and it will come.




Written by VavaViolet's Editor-in-Chief Sophie Blackman.


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Monday, 24 July 2017

ROOM TOUR: Inside VavaViolet's Editor-in-Chief's quirky bedroom and office


I'm a nosey lil thing so one of my favourite past times is to watch room tours on YouTube or scroll through pretty pictures while munching on a salad in awe of beautiful homeware. I feel selfish enjoying every body else's rooms and homes but not sharing my own so today I thought I would give you an insight into my bedroom and my office. 

This is where I sleep, occasionally eat in bed while desperately trying not to get crumbs everywhere, binge on Netflix, check out my non-existent abs in the mirror and also get a lot of shit done. 

There is nowhere cosier than your own bedroom so mine is filled to the brim with my character. I have a girly side, a tom boy side, and a geeky side. I like to think that my room portrays all of me. 

I'll leave you to browse through countless photos now!


This is the 'beauty section' of my room. I basically have a really long desk and half is beauty and the other half homes my computer. The desk is from Ikea and has two sets of Ikea Alex draws underneath it. Which yes, my makeup collection lives in there. Who wants that tour?

The acrylic draws that my lipsticks live in are from Muji and the acrylic stand that my most used products stand on is from Amazon.

I got fed up of dust getting on my makeup brushes so I purchased this (yes, acrylic again) storage system from Amazon. It's perfect and keeps them clean and also is so much better for your skin as I'm not rubbing dust into my pores. I have two different sets as one lot didn't fit all my brushes in it so I also have a smaller one without any draws that you can get from Amazon. Once I've used a brush I put it in this cup from the Disney Store (which they sadly don't stock anymore but they have others of different characters) as it encourages me to clean them asap. Well, as you can tell in this photo I need to get cleaning... 

The utterly adorable bear dish that looks after my daily jewellery was from Next and is sold out but Next has similar ones out every winter. Another good place to look for cute dishes like this is Oliver Bonas. 


The above photos are all from the side of the desk where my Mac lives. I got it last week and I am beyond in love with it. I went with the 27" inch because well, the bigger the better aye ladies!

Next to my Mac I have some acrylic (I like being able to see what I'm looking for without having to open a draw OKAY?!) storage from John Lewis where I keep pens and other cute stationary that I don't use. The majority of my stationary is from Paperchase because I like to waste my money clearly. On the other side of my computer, I have an acrylic letter holder from Amazon where I keep documents that I need currently, birthday cards to write, business cards, and all things to do with work such as a shorthand notebook. 

Behind my stationary display, I have some photos of me and my friend Kay who is in the army. I like to keep her there to remind me that I'm all cosy at home while she's most likely crawling through mud at camp. I'm joking, of course. It's because I do have feelings and miss her all of the time. And yes, those are my tits. You're welcome. 

My moo moo mouse mat that I call Milky is from Amazon. I doubt you care about it but I think it's pretty f*cking cool.

The guitars are handmade from a shop in Chichester so I sadly can't leave a link to them but I'm sure there will be similar on the old internet. The black and white one is Ozzy Osborne and the other one is obviously The Rolling Stones. 

Again my coasters of the sweets are handmade and are from Camden market aka my favourite place in the entire world. Seriously, go there if you love quirky homeware.


Above my Mac, I have a massive (and I mean massive) cork board full of inspiration, cute cards, and all things that I love. I just think an office isn't an office until you've chucked one of these on the wall. 


Every girl needs a 'fashion corner' in their room and this is mine. This is where I get inspired and where I think about my outfits (I do actually stand here and deeply think about it, seriously). I have a massive wardrobe on the other side of my room because I'm an addict and spend all my money on clothes and shoes. 

The chest of draws is from Ikea, the acrylic stands that feature my favourite boots are from Amazon, and the shoes are from literally everywhere.

(My coats are faux fur don't throw red paint on me).


I am forever changing my bookshelf around but it always features my nick knacks such as a lucky globe from Tenerife, a Koloa that my boyfriend's brother brought me back from Australia, adorable Skinny Dip clutch bags that I'm too scared to use because they are art, a picture of me and my boyfriend at the Harry Potter Studios, and so much more. It's a corner of my room that makes me smile every time I look at it. 


Perhaps the geekiest part of my room but this is my Funko Pop collection. They're little figures of characters from films, TV shows, and more that are collectables (some are worth hundreds of pounds now before you laugh). The glass cabinet is from Ikea and the stands that are specially made to fit inside are from Amazon. My Pops are mostly from Amazon as well as comic shops and the odd random place.


My window sill is another place where nick knacks are housed. I mean, how cute is my nan in that little hat? The little girl looking drowned in puppy fat is me and the lady in pink is my beautiful mother if I do say so myself. The dog is Honey aka my child.


All three of these posters were bought from Camden Market. What did I tell you? Go and check it out!


I always have white bedding without fail. I like my double bed to be plain and not distract from all the other colours and patterns in my room. But of course, I have a panda which I do sometimes cuddle as I fall asleep (I can't lie) and a Dalmatian cushion from the Disney Store because I'm a child at heart. 


I've saved the best for last, my own Bullseye! I have always loved and wanted my own Bullseye so he was so worth the £24 that I paid for him from the Disney Store.

I hope you enjoyed having a nose around my room and I'd love it if you could leave me a comment below letting me know what you think of my space! If you have a room tour post or video please tweet me it (@vavaviolett) as I'll check it out in a second flat.



Written by VavaViolet's founder and Editor-in-Chief Sophie Blackman. 



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