What Is Blogtober, And Why Am I Taking Part?

I can hardly believe it is October already, it seems like just a minute ago it was August and I was walking with my mother, staring up at the tall Horse Chestnut trees and wishing for the conkers to fall! September was a very difficult month for my family and I, but I tried to celebrate and appreciate all of the small things; Autumn months are my favourite after all. I’m really hoping for a positive and fun-filled October so to celebrate this month I’m taking part in a bloggers challenge; Blogtober!

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Four Face Masks For Autumn

As much as I adore Autumn, I will be the first to admit that the weather can wreak havoc with my skin. Hot one minute and cold the next, it can be difficult to reign in the ever-changing skin troubles. During these months I like to up my skincare routine by throwing in some additional face masks. To make this post a little more season-appropriate I have found four of the best face masks for Autumn, all from the latest 7th Heaven range!

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Five Pieces Of (Indie-Produced) Jewellery For Autumn

If you have been following my blog for awhile or know me personally, you’ll know that I absolutely adore fun pieces of independently produced jewellery. I love to accessorise and putting together an outfit is just that little bit more fun when you’re picking out an appropriate brooch or necklace for the occasion at hand.  Today I thought it would be fun to curate a post of Autumn appropriate pieces for the upcoming season!

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Autumn Baking – Golden Syrup and Walnut Cake

I’m not a baker, but I do enjoy a nice slice of cake and greatly appreciate those skilled enough to bake yummy treats. Although I’m a proficient enough cook, my foray in to baking has taken me as far as burning some misshapen biscuits with my mother when I was much younger.

I don’t know if it is the change of season or the fact that I’ve just started watching Great British Bake Off for the first time ever (let’s be honest, it’s probably the latter) but lately I have really had the urge to try my hand at baking.

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Ten Reasons Why I Love Autumn

 

As the leaves slowly begin to turn and fall, the trees become laden with heavy conkers and the nights draw in darker and colder, I couldn’t help but find myself excitedly reflecting on my favourite season. Autumn is upon us. Okay, so it’s not official until the 22nd of September, but we’re practically there and I intend to enjoy every minute of it.

Here’s just a few reasons to love this season.

 

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Guest Post: Bournemouth Air Festival

Last weekend my lovely fiancé Gareth took a trip down to Bournemouth to watch the Air Festival. Sadly I was unable to make this trip due to other plans but I gave him my camera and asked him to capture the weekend for me that way. He has very kindly written a guest post for my blog detailing the event. The following words and images are his own. 

Growing up I always had a fondness for aeroplanes, passed on to me by my parents. As a child, we would often take the dog for a walk around the local airport watching the passenger flights come and go, wondering what far-off destination they were bound for and listening closely to the air traffic control tower on the radio. In addition to this, my dad was heavily involved in the Royal Air Force (RAF) Air Training Corps (which I also joined) and this led us to visiting a number of air-shows in my childhood. I still remember the thrill of visiting RAF Mildenhall for the annual air-show, which was the biggest in Europe at the time but sadly ceased after the fears following September 11th 2001. (more…)

Lucky Dip Club – Un-boxing The August Combo Subscription

I love receiving treats in the post, who doesn’t? A quick peruse of the #HappyMail or #HappyPost hashtags on Instagram will bring up a whole world of contented snail mailers, internet bargain hunters and their treasures.

If you have been following my blog for awhile, you’ll know how much I enjoyed receiving my Lucky Dip Club subscription box in the post each and every month.

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A Mini Break To Bourton-on-the-Water & Stratford Upon Avon

Nestled in the Cotswolds, Bourton-on-the-Water is a village in Gloucestershire that is well known for its outstanding beauty. Before we paid this slice of heaven a visit, I honestly had not heard of it (or thought of it as a mini-break kind of destination) but Gareth had been when he was younger, had many fond memories and wanted to go back. And so, we did!

On Saturday 12th August we got in our car and made the three hour trip, blessed with sunshine and blue skies.

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A Trip To Birdland

On the 12th of August (a Saturday), Gareth and I decided to travel up to Bourton-on-the- Water and stay in nearby Cheltenham for the weekend. After everything that’s been going on lately a mini-break was most welcome. Luckily we had some Tesco vouchers to spend on booking a nice little hotel room for the night and some left over for a day trip to Birdland and a meal at Zizzis – result!

In this post I’m going to talk about our trip to Birdland, but keep your eyes peeled for posts on Bourton-on-the-Water and what we got up to over the weekend!

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Guilty Pleasures

If I’m being totally honest I would say that 90% of my life is made up of guilty pleasures. That’s why I could completely relate to Meg’s hilarious post (you can find it here!) and found myself giggling along in agreement. I was super-happy to be tagged by Meg to take part in this Q&A as I love a good over-share. Okay, here we go…

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Gemporia Review & Five Of The Best Rings For Under £50

Disclaimer: Gemporia kindly gifted me a ring of my choice in exchange for this post. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

I consider myself to be a bit of a magpie; shiny things just draw me in. Like most women I know, sparkly rings get me a little hot under the collar and I’m partial to a pretty gemstone…so that’s why I’m really excited to talk to you about my latest obsession and the company behind it; Gemporia.

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Why Nature Is Good For Your Mental Health

I recently wrote a piece for Girl Planet magazine, detailing my experiences with mental health and self-care. In that piece I spoke about how combining two of my greatest passions, nature and photography, helped me to cope with my anxiety. I am a firm believer that nature is one of the greatest healers; that it can do wonders for a range of mental health illnesses. No, it’s not a magical cure (or an alternative to medicine) but I really do believe it has a place in day-to-day life and should be a part of all of our self-care routines, where possible.

Here’s why I think nature is good for your mental health…

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Seeking Validation on Social Media

The other day I had a moment of despair; it was the grim realisation that almost none of my friends bother to read the blog posts I spend so many hours writing and editing. For awhile I have been bugging them to read, to comment and to share; to support my dreams and help me grow. I posted status after status calling for help, but my friends didn’t respond. I’ll be honest here, the frustration and hurt left me sunk deep in a pit of apathy and self-loathing- if I couldn’t even get my friends to care about what I was writing, how on earth would anyone else ever be interested? I had thoughts of deleting social media, deactivating accounts and taking a break from writing. But of course I didn’t because like all of the writers I’ve ever admired, I decided to share the experience and write about it instead.

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What’s New For Lush Lakeside? | Bloggers Event| July 2017

There’s always something a little magical about stepping in to your local Lush, isn’t there? It’s a combination of things I think. The slightly dark, moody spot-lighting, the incredible displays of potion-like skin treatments and wooden boxes stuffed with vivid bath bombs and bubble bars. And then there’s the smell. If you’re a Lush fan you’ll know what I mean. The hypnotic scent snakes its’ way down the street, luring you in from afar…

What could be more magical than that? Well, a Lush with exciting new goodies to discover, of course! So when Lush Lakeside asked me to pop down and have a look at some of the wonderful new products (and some underrated products too) I could hardly contain my excitement.

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100th Blog Post!

Today is a special day over here at Pretty Little Finch. If you hadn’t already guessed by the title, this post is the 100th to be published up on the blog!

It’s been a bit of a whirlwind two years really. When I first started Pretty Little Finch it was a journal of sorts. Something to help me remember the good times when I wasn’t feeling so great, and an outlet for me to share all the thoughts swirling around up inside my brain. But as time has passed it has developed and grown. Looking back at some of my earlier posts I find there’s so much I want to rewrite!

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