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Friday, December 7, 2018



As I was preparing my flat lay for last week's blog post, I came to a sudden realisation. I have barely any festive themed blog props! In fact, I only had one Christmassy item in that photo and that was my pig decoration from last year's Tree Decoration Haul. This gave me an incentive to go to my nearest craft shop and buy a whole bunch of Christmas decor/supplies. I had a lot of fun picking these items out. There's definitely a pink and gold winter wonderland theme going on which I think you'll notice as you scroll through these photos! 

Golden Tree Branch
As soon as I entered the store, I headed straight to the artificial flower section. Artificial flowers are probably my favourite flat lay prop. They're great for placing in empty corners. This gold and glittery branch instantly caught my eye and I knew I couldn't not get it. 


Snowflake Tree Decorations
In terms of tree decorations, I felt very spoilt for choice. There were so many different shapes and designs to look through. In the end I went for these wooden snowflakes. It's not too obvious in the photo but they have a light dusting of gold paint over the them which I thought was really pretty. 


Star Confetti
I've seen a lot of people use confetti in their blog photos so I was really keen to try it out myself. I opted for these small silver stars. Sprinkling it around my set up was really fun and it gives my photos some extra sparkle which I love. 


Patterned/Glittery Paper
The last things I got were these two pieces of paper which serve as great photo backdrops. They both sort of remind me of snow. There's the white glittery one and the light pink one with the frost-like shapes. I'm super happy with them! 


Thanks for reading! What did you think of this haul? What did you like the most out of these items? 


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Friday, November 30, 2018



As much as I love December, it's definitely my busiest month of the year. If it's the same for you, my advice is to plan ahead. Don't leave things to the last minute. There's nothing worse than running around on Christmas Eve trying to get everything done the night before. In today's post, I'm going to be sharing five ways to get ready for the 25th. Don't underestimate how many days you have left. They'll go by in the blink of an eye!

1. Write Your Christmas Wishlist
You're never too old for a Christmas Wishlist! There's nothing wrong with giving friends and family some kind of indication as to what you'd like getting. Of course they'd like to get you something you'd really love as you hope to do for them. 

2. Decide on a Budget
When it comes to present buying, it's a good idea to limit yourself to a certain spending amount. That way you won't get too carried away while shopping. If you can figure out what you want to get each person early on, you'll have less trouble settling on a realistic budget. 

3. Check You Have Enough Festive Gift Wrap
Make sure you have enough gift wrap to last you the holiday season. One or two rolls may seem like enough but can you never be too sure. It's always better to have more rather than less and you can always use your leftover rolls in the upcoming years. 

4. Clean Your House From Top to Bottom
If you know you're going to be having a lot of guests throughout the month, be sure to give your house a good tidy. Get everything in order before bringing out the Christmas decor. It's important your space is all sorted out before giving it a festive makeover. 

5. Restock Your Pantry
There's a lot of cooking and baking that happens around this time of year. Which means your pantry and fridge must be properly stocked. Replenish main ingredients like sugar, salt, flour and oil and for other, less ordinary supplies, refer to your favourite Christmas recipes. 

Thanks for reading!

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Friday, November 23, 2018


Christmas is coming and this year I'm determined to show more festive spirit here on my blog. Last December, I only published three Christmas themed blog posts! This is why I thought I'd get in early and make my November quiz Christmas related. I'm going to see if I can guess what aspect of the holiday season you love the most. Let me know if I was right or wrong in the comment section below! 

1. When I was younger, my favourite way to spend the night before Christmas was...
A) Preparing the cookies and milk for Santa.
B) Carolling around the neighbourhood.
C) Relaxing with family and friends around the fireplace.
D) Driving around and seeing all the different Christmas lights.

2. To get in the festive mood each year, I will...
A) Learn how to make a new Christmas dish.
B) Create a Christmas playlist.
C) Have a Christmas movie marathon.
D) Attempt a couple of Christmas DIYs.

3. I like to deck out _______ for Christmas.
A) The kitchen
B) My bedroom
C) The living room
D) Every room in the house

4. The phone app I use the most during the holiday season is...
A) YouTube.
B) Spotify.
C) Netflix.
D) Pinterest.

5. The Christmas scent I'm obsessed with is...
A) Ginger spice.
B) Cherry.
C) Vanilla bean.
D) Peppermint.

6. I can't get through December without my...
A) Christmas cookbook.
B) Headphones.
C) 'Elf' DVD.
D) Tinsel and fairy lights.

7. My favourite place to go in the days leading up to Christmas is...
A) The supermarket.
B) The shopping mall.
C) The cinema.
D) Santa's grotto.

8. I like to wear my Christmas themed _______ around this time of year.
A) Apron
B) Socks
C) Pyjamas
D) Sweater

9. On my Christmas Wishlist is a...
A) Kitchen mixer.
B) Record player.
C) Laptop.
D) Desk for my room.

10. When I think of Christmas, the first thing that comes to mind is...
A) Christmas pudding.
B) Snow.
C) Santa.
D) Christmas trees.

You love the holiday.......

(Mostly A's)
Food
Your favourite part of Christmas Day is sitting around the dining room table, surrounded by loved ones, with your plate stacked high with food. Not only do you enjoy eating Christmas food, you love making it yourself. You're a professional chef when it comes to this time of year.

(Mostly B's)
Music
You love your Christmas tunes. It doesn't matter if it's a classic or modern take, you're happy to sing along to it anyway. Whether you're at home or out and about, you'll make sure to play festive music wherever you are. It's no wonder you know the lyrics to every Christmas song invented.

(Mostly C's)
Movies
You're very dedicated to your Christmas films. You could watch 'Love Actually' a thousand times and never get bored of it. There's no other place you'd rather spend Christmas evening than lounging on the couch in front of the TV with a huge fluffy blanket and cup of hot cocoa. 

(Mostly D's)
Decorations
Christmas is when you really get creative with your interior space. You're not afraid to spend when it comes to holiday decor. It's like a Christmas explosion every time people enter your house. Friends and family are always very complimentary of how much effort you put into giving your home that very festive feel.

Thanks for taking the quiz! 

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Friday, November 16, 2018


When it comes to bullet journalling, everyone has their must-have supplies. It took some research and a bit of trial and error to get to mine but I'm really happy with the tools and equipment I use today. Here they are! 

(Black Fineliners) Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pen XS and Uni Pin Fineliner 0.3
I use these pens for drawing outlines and writing text. The Faber Castell fineliner is my go-to when it comes to noting things down however if I want to decorate my spreads with little doodles or illustrations, I'll use the Uni Pin fineliner as it is slightly thicker and bolder. 


(Calligraphy Pen) Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen Soft Tip
This is the pen I like to use for titles and headers. If you're interested in learning calligraphy then I'd highly recommend the Tombow brand. Their pens are really easy to practice stroke control with. 


(White Gel Pen) Uniball Signo Broad UM - 153
Mistakes and slip ups are inevitable when bullet journalling which is why this gel pen really comes in handy. If it's a small typo, I can easily cover it up. Not only is it a great correction pen, it's also a great pen to write with. White text on black looks really effective. 


(Highlighters)
Highlighters are a recent addition to my bullet journal essentials but I've been finding them super useful. They're great if I want to emphasise on something I've written. They also add a nice pop of colour to my typically monotone pages. 


(Washi Tape)
Last but not least, washi tape. I'm not a huge fan of glueing things down in my bullet journal so a strip of washi tape is a great alternative. That way, if I want to remove it later on, it's no hassle to do so. This is also another way for me to make my spreads a little more colourful. 


Thanks for reading! What are your bullet journal essentials? 


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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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