Sunday, 24 April 2016

Hey friends! Ya girl is back with another youtube video- I am a massive fan of thrifting/op shopping so thought I'd share some of the recent thrifted items that I've picked up! I am so bad at Youtube lel so sorry in advance for the sound/quality/general awkwardness, but I really hope you enjoy nevertheless! 

I had a great time filming this for you and would really appreciate any video suggestions that you'd like to see. Also, I'd love to connect with you so leave me a comment if you have a youtube channel and I will definitely check it out! Much love x


Sunday, 17 April 2016

Hey internet pals! I'M BACK after a way-too-long hiatus. Within a couple of days back at uni I realised I'd seriously overstretched myself time-wise and unfortunately blogging was once again put on the back burner. I hate it when I feel like I don't have time to blog- photography and writing are things that make me so incredibly happy, and it's so wonderful to be able to share it all in this little space. I'm working on getting back into it, slowly but surely, so keep an eye out for some new content! I've just finished filming another youtube video too, which will be up in the next few days!

I got an email a little while ago from the lovely people behind Stay lean tea, a tea detox that is all-natural and laxative-free. Not going to lie, I have always been pretty skeptical of these tea detox programs, but since Stay lean tea was all natural I thought I would give it a go! They were kind enough to send me their 14 day detox programme to review. 

I followed the detox programme for two weeks, drinking a cup of the Burner tea every morning and a cup of Cleanse tea every second afternoon. I didn't alter other food or drink at all, just ate what I normally would on a day-today basis.

Lean Burner tea (morning): Longing green leaf, Pu'erh tea leaf, oolong leaf, lotus leaf, lemon grass, dandelion leaf, goji berry
Lean Cleanse tea (afternoon): chamomile, rose flower, lavender, roselle, lemon grass, longjing green leaf.

- I was expecting the tea to not taste the greatest, but I was really pleasantly surprised by how tasty it    actually was!

- Since the tea came in teabags instead of loose leaf, it was super easy to use

- After the first week I did definitely notice an improvement in my energy levels. I felt alert in class and had less trouble waking up and getting out of bed in the morning

- I really liked how natural the tea was; using natural ingredients rather than harmful laxatives or other substances

- Staylean Tea claims to burn fat and reduce bloating, however I didn't notice any weight loss at all. 


Overall, while I didn't experience any weight loss, I did feel a lot healthier and more energised and so I would definitely recommend this product! Have any of you tried a tea detox? If so, let me know how it went in the comments! x


Thursday, 7 January 2016

Happy Thursday, fabulous people! Here I am again, writing a post at 1 in the morning... I think I'm incapable of a normal sleep schedule. But no ragretz because I felt a sudden burst of creativity and decided to make good use of it by writing up some new blog content. Yay for productive 1am wake ups!

I'm not usually one for making New Years Resolutions (bc let's be honest, who actually keeps them?) but this year I've set myself a few goals that I hope to accomplish throughout the year. Read on!


Take time out for you. In 2015 I was definitely guilty of over-scheduling and not taking time each week to do something for myself. 2016 is set to be an equally, if not busier year, but I'm determined to make a set day each week to relax and rewind without the stress of other commitments.

Learn a new language. 2015 marked the end of my formal French studies, which was both a relief and also a pretty sad occasion. Luckily for me, my mum speaks French to me at home so I will hopefully be able to keep it up to a good standard! In 2016 I want to make it a priority to start taking my Swahili studies seriously. I also picked up a Hindi language course while I was in India that I want to start as well.

Go meat-free at least twice a week. This one shouldn't be too hard as my family don't eat meat every day anyway, but I do want to make a conscious effort to cut down.

Be confident in your own ability. This year I'm starting my second year of uni, as well as taking on a volunteering position that involves managing and coordinating a number of volunteers. While I'm super excited for both of these things, its very easy to start doubting your own ability when you're faced with new challenges. In 2016, I want to make sure I trust in myself to be able to manage whatever challenge is thrown at me!


Post at least once a week. This is on my New Years Resolutions list every year, but so far I've never been able to stick to it. I have a tendency to procrastinate on blog posts, but in 2016 I am determined to properly plan out my posts a month in advance so I can ensure quality, consistent content all year round.

More OOTD posts. I started posting fashion-related posts more and more towards the end of 2015, and I realised that I absolutely loved fashion blogging and you guys seemed to really enjoy the posts too! In 2016 I'm hoping to definitely do more of these types of posts- the only challenge is finding someone to take my photos on a regular basis!

Start a Youtube channel. Say wat? Yes, it's true! You guys have been asking me for ages whether or not I'm going to be starting up a Youtube channel to go along with my blog, but I never got around to it. But after looking through the responses to my recent reader survey I realised that video content is something you would really love to see on B&L! I hope to make regular Youtube videos during 2016.

This last point leads me onto my other big announcement... I made my first Youtube video! The video is just a little introduction to say howdy to the YT community. Sorry for my awkwardness- I am totally not used to talking to a camera but I'm sure I'll improve over time! I have a few video ideas, mainly revolving around fashion and DIYs, but I would love to know what sort of videos you guys would like to see! Please let me know in the comments so I can get started creating some more vids for you guys! I'm hardly following anyone at the moment, so let me know if you guys have youtube channels and I'll be sure to check them out.

It's now 2am so I should probably (definitely) get some much-needed shut eye. Until next time, internet friends! x