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Friday, November 9, 2018


Around a month ago, I took my first blogging break of the year. Since January, I'd followed quite a strict blogging routine so having to turn my back on my blog for that two week period was really tough. It was around this time that all my final Uni assignments were due and even though I hadn't done too bad managing these sort of deadlines in the past, I think all the energy and inspiration I'd had at the start of the year was beginning to run low. My initial ideas for these assignments were either too far fetched or not ambitious enough. For some reason, it took me ages to establish a good topic/theme for all of my projects. I just couldn't see it possible for me to put together a blog post with all the stress surrounding my courses. It wasn't an easy decision to make but the moment I shared my Instagram photo announcing my break, I knew I couldn't back out. It was really disheartening to know that I'd ruined my blogging streak, but looking back on it now, I'm really grateful that I took that break when I did. 

Putting Your Wellbeing First
With anything that requires a lot of your time and commitment, it's important to know when to stop and step away. There's always the chance of overdoing it or burning yourself out. I'd thought I'd got the hang of balancing blogging with everything else but since circumstances are always changing, this of course wasn't going to be the case forever. Just because something was easy before, doesn't mean it'll always be this way. If you've already got enough on your plate, you don't need to prove anything to yourself. 

Not Writing Because You Have to
Bloggers along with other social media influencers and content creators know how important it is to be consistent with their posting and uploading schedules. Because of this, I think it's easy to fall into that trap of simply putting out a post for the sake of it. You don't get any enjoyment or satisfaction out of it but at least you can tick it off for the week. I was so focused on my Uni work, it was really hard for me to think of a blog post idea that made me feel excited or happy to sit at my laptop and write it. This was another reason I chose to take my blogging break. Not only did I have very little time to put out a post but I didn't want to have to force myself to write a post that I was only half-interested in. 

Rediscovering Your Passion
At the end of my break, when all my assignments were in, I wanted to get back into blogging straight away. I realised that I had actually missed tending to my blog and even though Uni had been my everything for those two crazy weeks, my blog was always somewhere at the back of my mind. While I had left my blog feeling quite lost, I was able to return to it with fresh eyes which definitely made my little break a lot more worthwhile. 

Thanks for reading! 



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Friday, November 2, 2018


Hello from Sydney, Australia! I've spent an amazing couple of days here doing a lot of sightseeing, shopping and eating out. I'm definitely sad to be leaving in two days time. We were lucky to have accommodation in the heart of the city so all the malls, eateries and most touristy places were within walking distance. Apart from the Blue Mountains which was around a 1 hour bus trip away, everything else was really close by. Because my camera has been with me everywhere on this trip, I decided to make this post my first ever photo diary. Here it is! 

Museum of Contemporary Art





Sydney Opera House


Blue Mountains



Around the City






Thanks for checking out this week's post! Have you been to Sydney before? Would you want to travel there? Let me know in the comment section below! 

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Friday, October 26, 2018



Hi everyone! I'm back from my much needed blogging break and to kick things off again, decided I'd write another post for my "INTRODUCING..." series. If you're unfamiliar with this series, it's where I dedicate an entire post to one specific blogger. I'll give a quick summary of their blog as well as create a digital drawing for them on Photoshop. Thanks to those that commented on my last "INTRODUCING..." post! If you'd like to be involved in my next one, please do get in contact, either via Twitter or email; theanniechanieblog@gmail.com.





INTRODUCING... Beka!
On Beka's blog, Beka Daisies, you'll find a range of different posts. From recipes to bullet journal spreads, you're never completely sure of what she's going to write about next. There's something quite exciting and unpredictable about it. I always enjoy her very thorough and detailed reviews that touch on everything you could possibly wish to know about a product or experience. She's really good at describing things and elaborating on her thoughts. Check out Beka's blog by clicking here.




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Friday, October 5, 2018



It's October and what's the one thing almost everyone associates with this month? Halloween. I remember when it came to this holiday, I was more excited about the dressing up than the candy. Even though I don't go trick or treating anymore, I still miss putting together a fun costume. Let me know what you think of this month's quiz in the comment section below! 

1. I _______ watch horror movies.

A) Never
B) Very rarely
C) Sometimes
D) Always 

2. My costume is usually ready...
A) In June.
B) At the very beginning of October.
C) The night before Halloween.
D) The hour before I'm due to go trick or treating.

3. The makeup product that is essential to my costume is...
A) Glittery eyeshadow. 
B) Mascara.
C) Red lipstick.
D) A pale foundation.

4. My favourite Halloween snack/food is...
A) Candy corn. 
B) Pumpkin pie. 
C) Caramel apples. 
D) Salted popcorn. 

5. The superhero that I wouldn't mind trading lives with for a day is...
A) Superman.
B) Scarlet Witch.
C) Batman. 
D) Invisible Girl. 

6. My favourite flavour of ice cream is...
A) Bubblegum.
B) Mint choc chip.
C) Red velvet.
D) French vanilla.

7. The type of insect I'm most fascinated by is...
A) Butterflies. 
B) Spiders. 
C) Beetles 
D) Moths. 

8. I wish _______ existed. 
A) Pixie dust
B) Flying cars
C) Magic carpets
D) Teleportation machines

9. It is _______ to make me scared.
A) Very easy
B) Not too tricky
C) Pretty hard
D) Really difficult

10. If I were to get inspiration for my costume, I'd watch...

A) Peter Pan.
B) Harry Potter. 
C) Twilight. 
D) Paranormal Activity. 

You should be a.......

(Mostly A's)
Fairy 
All you need for this costume is a wand, a flower crown, a sparkly dress and a pair of wings.

(Mostly B's)
Witch
All you need for this costume is a pointy hat, a black dress, and an old broom. 

(Mostly C's)
Vampire
All you need for this costume is a pair of fake teeth and a red cape. 

(Mostly D's)
Ghost
All you need for this costume is a white blanket. 


Thanks for taking the quiz! 

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Friday, September 28, 2018



Since the start of this year, I've had very mixed feelings about living at home. Sometimes, I feel regretful, other times I feel relieved. Regret because I may have lost the best opportunity to move out, relief because I just love my childhood home so much. Starting Uni was definitely a time of change. It took a lot of adjusting and getting used to. In a way, deciding to not move out was just one less thing I had to learn to familiarise myself with. Since I really did struggle getting comfortable at Uni, I do feel quite grateful in that sense. In saying that though, there is a seed of doubt in my mind that wonders whether it would have been better to just deal with both transitions at once. Then I wouldn't be having these confusing thoughts in the first place. 

I can completely understand why people decide to leave home alongside starting Uni. I definitely think it's the most logical time to move out. The main reason I decided to stay at home was because there was no real reason I shouldn't. Not only was I already living in the same city as my chosen Uni, it is literally a 30 min walk away from my house. Location-wise, I had absolutely nothing to complain about. The only other purpose I could think of for moving out was gaining more of my independence. At home, under the same roof as my parents, I almost feel stuck. I'm struggling to grow as a person. I look at the friends who are either flatting or living at Uni accommodation and they seem so much wiser and mature than me. They're living like proper adults whereas I'm still having to text my parents if I'm coming home late from somewhere. I guess I'm not necessarily moving backwards but I'm not moving forwards either and I think that's the thing that scares me the most. 

Living at home definitely has its advantages and disadvantages. I try to see it through a positive lens as much as possible however I can't deny there are moments where I wish I followed in the footsteps of a majority of my friends. This post is a little bit all of over the place which represents my thoughts on the topic perfectly. I'd love to hear what you think about leaving home? Did you do it straight before Uni? Or did you wait a little while first? Let me know in the comment section below!  



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Friday, September 21, 2018



If you look at my blog images, you'll see a lot of neatly arranged, carefully edited, flat lay photographs. The mess and chaos that goes on behind the camera is completely overlooked. Believe it or not, my room turns into a complete pigsty every time I go to take a new blog photo. This is because I won't hesitate to turn my room upside down in search of the perfect combination of props. For this week's post, I thought I'd reveal this side of the blog photography process. It really goes to show that there's much more to a photo than meets the eye. 


 


These two photos highlight the before of my room. Whereas my thumbnail photo shows how untidy it can get. I am very picky with my props so I like to lay out all my options on my bed then select my favourites from there. My desk holds a majority of my best props so I always like to look there first. 




Once I've chosen my props, I like to transfer my whole setup to the best window spot in the house. It gets the perfect amount of natural sunlight. As you can see, I always have to make sure I don't include any of the wooden texture in the final frame. 

Thanks for reading! What did you think of this little BTS post? Let me know down below! 

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Friday, September 14, 2018


Introducing my new series "INTRODUCING..." where I share/write about a blogger on my blog. Not only will I give a short description of the person's site, I'll also put together a digital drawing for them as I've done for Nancy below. If you read my "How I Make my Photoshop Graphics" post, you'll know I've been really keen to do more digital drawings for you guys. I really want to thank Nancy for being so willing to take part. She responded so kindly when I asked if she'd be interested. If you'd like to be featured next, you can either DM me on Twitter or email me at theanniechanieblog@gmail.com.



INTRODUCING... Nancy!
On her blog, Exquisitely.me, Nancy likes to blog about her personal adventures and experiences and always includes a lovely array of photos in every post. Her food photography is amazing and whenever I read one of her foodie posts, I always end up craving whatever she's photographed. As a very all-rounded blogger, she also likes to share life lessons in order to inspire her readers be the very best versions of themselves. Check out Nancy's blog by clicking here

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Friday, September 7, 2018


I've been going to the cinema a lot recently. In fact, I've been seeing at least one movie a week for the past month. Because of this, I think that I can confidently say 2018 so far has been a great year for movies. For this week's post, I thought I'd do a quiz based around the films that have been released this year. Let me know your thoughts on the movie you get below! 

1. My go-to movie snack is...
A) Red liquorice.
B) Jelly babies.
C) Chocolate.
D) A box of popcorn.

2. A majority of the films I watch...
A) Make me feel like a little kid again.
B) Keep me on the edge of my seat.
C) Have a feel-good ending.
D) Involve amazing special effects.

3. Something that I loved as a child and am still quite fond of now is...
A) Disney channel.
B) Horror stories. 
C) Musicals. 
D) Comic books. 

4. I really enjoy watching movies with...
A) My younger sibling.
B) My boyfriend/girlfriend. 
C) My mum.
D) A group of friends.

5. I like the famous movie quote...
A) "To infinity and beyond."
B) "Say hello to my little friend."
C) "Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore."
D) "With great power comes great responsibility."

6. My ideal time to go to the cinema is between...
A) 12am and 2pm.
B) 6pm and 8pm.
C) 2pm and 4pm.
D) 4pm and 6pm. 

7. If I were to star in a movie, I'd want to play the...
A) Best Friend of the main character. 
B) Super villain. 
C) Romantic interest. 
D) Hero.

8. I prefer to watch a film that...
A) Is animated.
B) Has a lot of jump scares.
C) Includes a lot of singing and dancing.
D) Is based off a novel I've read. 

9. The TV series that I've been obsessed with recently is...
A) The Simpsons. 
B) Pretty Little Liars.
C) Glee. 
D) Arrow.

10. My favourite movie genre is...
A) Family. 
B) Thriller. 
C) Rom-com.
D) Action.

You should watch.......

(Mostly A's)
Incredibles 2
This film is exciting, sweet, funny and as all classic Disney movies do, is sure to lift your spirits. It's impossible to not fall in love with this super family. This movie is very all rounded with a lot of action, a bit of romance and just the right amount of comedy. 

(Mostly B's)
A Quiet Place
Right from the get-go, this movie is sure to make your heart race and your palms sweat. When watching the characters go about this terrifying world, you'll almost feel like you're right there with them. If you like movies with a lot of suspense, then this is the film for you. 

(Mostly C's)
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
This film is not only for ABBA fans but those who favour mushy films. This sequel takes quite a different approach to the first movie however it still has all the characters you'll know and love. If you like heartwarming, sentimental films then this is the perfect watch for you. 

(Mostly D's)
Avengers: Infinity War
This movie is one huge superhero collaboration with all the well known Marvel characters fighting against one extremely powerful villain. If you enjoy action films with amazing stunts and graphics, then definitely give this movie a go. 

Thanks for taking the quiz!


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Saturday, September 1, 2018

Lately, I've been spending quite a lot on eating out and shopping trips to the mall. I used to be pretty good at saving my cash however for some reason, this hasn't been the case as of recently. I thought this post would not only help others but myself also. I need to establish some ground rules for keeping my spending habits under control. Let me know if you found this post useful in the comment section below!

Have an Ultimate Goal
Having a goal or something to work towards can be a great incentive towards saving. Your goal could be an experience like a holiday overseas or a physical thing like a new phone or laptop. The bigger the goal, the more satisfying it'll be when you do end up saving that amount. It's okay if during this process you feel like you're goal is still so far out of reach. It can take a little bit of time to build up that momentum but if you stick with it, you'll get the results you want in no time. 

Limit Yourself to a Certain Amount a Week
A great way to limit your buying is to set yourself a maximum amount each week. Once you've decided on a reasonable spending amount, keep it at the back of your mind wherever you go. Be strict with yourself because the more lenient you are, the more likely this won't have an effect. This method will help you make more responsible purchases and ensure you're not splurging unnecessarily.

Make the Most of Sales/Discounts 
Sometimes all it takes is a bit of patience to save you some dollars. If you see something in a store and you're really tempted to buy it, give yourself at least a week to deliberate. If you're really lucky, during that wait a sale may pop up and you'll be getting the thing you wanted for nearly half it's original price. Look out for when your favourite stores or restaurants are having any special deals/discounts. Even the smallest percentage off makes a difference. 

Thanks for reading! Do you know any other money saving tips? 


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Friday, August 24, 2018


If you've read "My Favourite Pastel Coloured Fashion Items", you'll know that I've been trying to brighten up my wardrobe. Something that I've noticed since starting at a design school is that all the students are very expressive with their clothing choices. This is something that I really want to be able to reciprocate as I feel like it's such a great way to show off your creative self. As well as introducing pastels into my wardrobe, I've also started to bring in pattern. More specifically, floral patterns. Here are some of my favourite floral clothing items at the moment. 

Pink Dress
 


Jeans
 


Long Sleeved Top
 


Black Dress
 



Thanks for reading today's post! Do you like these kind of fashion posts? Let me know down below! 



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Friday, August 17, 2018



We're about two thirds of the way through the year which means it's time for progress report #2! I found it extremely beneficial reflecting on the first four months of having my 2018 goals so I didn't see why a second one shouldn't be just as useful. If you'd like to check out my first progress report, you can click this link here. I'm wondering whether I've continued moving forward with some of these goals or maybe taken a few steps back. This is what makes these update posts so interesting. You're able to monitor your progress so carefully. I'm looking forward to writing my final one at the end of this year. Hopefully everything is where it should be by then!

1. Drink More Water Throughout The Day
I've definitely recognised an improvement in this resolution. My drink bottle, which used to be still 3/4 full at the end of the day, is now completely empty by mid-day/the afternoon! I've really made a habit of bringing out my drink bottle as much as possible and now I can see that my efforts are paying off. 

2. Get my Restricted License
I've been driving quite a bit since I got my restricted. For some reason, I was a little hesitant to get back on the road after completing my test however my parents really encouraged me to keep up with my driving. And that's what I've been doing. Now I feel completely comfortable driving alone. It's a really great feeling to have. 


3. Commit to my Bullet Journal
This resolution has been going pretty well, like it was in progress report #1. As predicted, I've been able to stick with it all this time and on those rare occasions that I do miss a day or two, it doesn't take too long for me to get everything up to date again. 

4. Learn How to Cook
A little while ago, I had the opportunity to flat for a month with my friend. During this time, I learnt a lot about cooking/preparing meals. Each night, one of us would make something for the two of us. While my friend's meals were fairly advanced, I stuck with the basic pasta and rice dishes. For dinner one time, I found a mac and cheese recipe online and whipped it together in just under an hour. I was really proud of how it turned out. I feel like this resolution is definitely getting somewhere, for sure!

5. Time Manage my Blog Posts Better
In my last progress report, this resolution hadn't really been working out for me and I'm sad to say that the results haven't changed one bit. Here I am again, writing this post on the day it's supposed to be up. I feel like it's definitely starting to take a toll on the way I feel about blogging. If anyone has advice on how to time manage blog posts effectively, please leave it in the comment section below! It'd be much appreciated!  

6. Be More Active on Social Media
These past few weeks, I've been so busy with Uni that I haven't been as present on social media as I usually am. I still make a point of sharing my blog posts on Twitter and Instagram however checking these platforms is definitely not much of a priority these days. I think that once the mid semester break comes around, this resolution will be back on track once more.
  
Thanks for reading!



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Saturday, August 11, 2018


Coming up with new blog content can prove difficult at times. Especially when life gets hectic and your brain is trying to juggle a million other things. I've been really busy recently which is why blog post ideas haven't been coming to me as often as normal. When this happens, there are a couple of things I like to do to get the ball rolling. If you're in a similar position to me and have a lot on your plate at the moment, here are 4 ways to come up with blog post ideas both quickly and easily. 

Watch YouTube 
YouTubers are getting more outrageous and creative with their content with every passing day. Because of this, it's a great platform to get inspiration from. While YouTubers and bloggers work in two very different ways, there is still that same purpose of wanting to produce fun/interesting content for their audience. Because of this, I still think it's possible to base a blog post off a YouTube video and still get a really similar outcome.  

Reflect on Your Week
If you want a more personal approach towards coming up with blog post ideas, use a weekly journal. Every day write a bullet pointed list of the things that happened to you. Consider each thing carefully and if something you put down really resonates with you then make the most of it and just run with it. It's always nice to write about something when the experience is fresh in your mind and this is a really great way to do so. 

Look at Past Content 
There are plenty of ways to make use of old blog posts. If you really enjoyed writing a particular post, make a 'Part Two' building on from what you've already written. If you wrote about something in the past that you completely disagree with now, talk about how your feelings towards this subject have changed. If you have a post that you think is really important to share and discuss but the information is slightly outdated, write a more recent version. Your blog archives are a great place to get inspired so definitely refer back to it when you can. 

Read Other People's Blogs
It's completely okay to want to write a certain type of post after reading it on another person's blog. If it's a topic that excites you or something that you feel like you could talk about for hours on end then there should be nothing stopping you from logging on to your blog and getting started. While copying word for word is completely unacceptable, offering your own ideas or opinions on the subject is perfectly fine. There should definitely be a level of respect when recreating another person's post on your own site. As long as you've put your own unique spin on things, then no harm's been done. 

Thanks for reading! What do you do if you're struggling to come up with blog post ideas? Let me know down below!



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Saturday, August 4, 2018



In my opinion, there's no other accessory quite like the watch. As well as being extremely useful, they're also very versatile and can work with pretty much any outfit. For today's quiz, I'm going to be focusing on a specific brand of watches. Welly Merck is a Switzerland based company with a very inspirational origin story. To Merck and his wife Welly, their watch line is a symbol of the hardships they overcame. The watches are all stunning in design and their unique features definitely make them stand out from the crowd. I'm excited to hear what Welly Merck watch you end up with! Definitely let me know your results down below! 

1. I want my watch to show I'm...

A) Fun.
B) Sophisticated. 
C) Professional. 
D) Approachable.

2. My favourite type of bracelet is the... 
A) Beaded bracelet.
B) Tennis bracelet.
C) Cuff bracelet. 
D) Charm bracelet. 

3. When I'm not at home, I spend a lot of time...
A) Outdoors. 
B) In the city. 
C) At work.
D) In a classroom. 

4. When it comes to accessorising, the _________ the better.
A) More outrageous
B) Sparklier 
C) More subtle 
D) Simpler

5. A majority of my jewellery is...
A) Stainless steel. 
B) Sterling silver. 
C) Yellow gold. 
D) Rose gold. 

6. The nail colour that I love wearing is...
A) Rose red. 
B) Milky white. 
C) Cocoa brown.
D) Bubblegum pink. 

7. I like a watch that...
A) Suits my personal style.  
B) Has a large watch face. 
C) Is comfortable to wear. 
D) Is very lightweight.

8. I keep all my jewellery...
A) On a jewellery tree. 
B) In my vanity draw. 
C) In my jewellery box.
D) On a trinket tray.

9. When it comes to the watch strap, I'd prefer it was...
A) Patterned. 
B) Mesh.
C) Thick.
D) Coloured.

10. The country I am most intrigued by is...
A) New Zealand.
B) America.
C) Netherlands.
D) Portugal. 


You Should Buy The _________ Watch.

(Mostly A's)
Classic Auckland
Classic Auckland S | 36 mm

(Mostly B's)
Fighter New York
Fighter Los Angeles | 26 mm

(Mostly C's)
Classic Amsterdam 
Classic Amsterdam R | 36 mm

(Mostly D's)
Fighter Lisbon
Fighter Lisbon | 26 mm

Definitely check out Welly Merck's site if you'd like to take a closer look at any of the watches. I've only shown you a snippet of what's on offer. There's plenty more to discover on their website! For today's post, Welly Merck has kindly given me a discount code to share with you all! To get 15% off your order just type Annie-15 at the checkout. Thanks for taking the quiz!



* Welly Merck provided me with this affiliate code. All opinions are 100% my own. *
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