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Sunday, 27 July 2014

Time For A Change


How gorgeous are these flowers I got off the bf's family for graduation?!! Love them! <3

Hello lovelies!
For a long time I had neglected my beloved Blog due to University, Work and Life in general but now that University is out of the way and I am getting used to having more hours at Work (Yay! More money!), I now have more time and energy to come back into the Blogging world and give it more of a go. I had stated a while ago in my Blog's 2nd Birthday that there was a few changes I have been wanting to make to VioletDaffodils and now I can finally begin to put those into play.If you are extremely observant, you may have already started to notice a few of those changes already, although they are small they have made a big difference to my content which I'm loving!

Design:
As I'm naturally a creative person I really want to take this Blog and challenge myself with it by not just relying on someone else to design things for me but to actually go out of my way to learn the skills, learn the techniques, create my own designs and teach myself how to apply them to produce a new (hopefully better) appearance of my Blog. In doing so this is kind of taking small bits of what I've learnt at University and applying it to something I enjoy creating and learning some valuable skills along the way. Hopefully this will give the desired effect that I have been longing for for months. I know this will take a long time but I want to take my time with it, I don't want to rush it and make a mess. I find it so much more rewarding being able to step back to observe and be proud to say "I made all this!" and that is what I'm aiming for :)

Content:
This is another big thing I am wanting to work on as well. I got a bit carried away with wanting to show outfits and travel diaries and don't get me wrong I enjoy putting them together but I feel this Blog needs an injection of more of my other interests too. I want to keep content fresh and varied but more often than not I find that my Blog has become another outfit post after another outfit post which has got so tedious and made my Blog seem bland. I've decided to really make more of an effort and embrace more versatility so I hope you enjoy the new content as well as the old. I want it to be "I wonder what she will post next?" keeping it curious, keeping it intriguing. I realise that some of it will not be catered to everyone but that's what I'm looking forward to, embracing new challenges and seeing the outcome :)

I want to thank you for your ongoing support, I've recently hit 200 followers which is AMAZING! Thank you so so much I appreciate every comment and follow I get, big love to you all! <3
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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

NE Blogger Awards 2014- VioletDaffodils

Hello lovelies!

I know this is a long shot but here it goes: Being a Northerner all my life I didn't even realise until today that the Blogging world even had an Award for us haha! But now that I have stumbled across this I thought I'd just take my chances and give it a go. I know these award nomination things can sometimes be extremely annoying with the constant spamming of "PICK ME! PICK ME!" So I will only post it here once and be done with it. So I would like to please ask if you lovely followers of my Blog (if you would like to of course!) would vote VioletDaffodils for Best NE Lifestyle Blog category.
Thank you for reading and I wish the rest of you entering good luck as well! :D
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Monday, 7 July 2014

Hey Graduate!

Hello lovelies!
A few of you may already know this but I had a bit of a struggle towards my last few days of University due to one of my tutors telling me my work was not good enough to pass my degree and I was very worried that I wasn't going to pass my degree in Illustration & Design, however in my last post when I was on holiday I got my results and I did it! I passed University! Although my results were not what I had wanted, on the day I had felt so proud of myself for not giving up when things were difficult and keeping myself together, also I felt like I had done my family (especially my Mam) proud and they were all so understanding and supportive. It was just such an amazing day! (Sorrynotsorry for gushing so much!) One of the sweetest moments of the day was after stressing about my gown because it was close to the time of handing them back over and I hadn't been home to get photographs with my Grandads and my brother. Luckily the people who you had to return the gowns back to said it was OK to keep it a little longer, so I raced home and you know when you get one of those moments/feelings when you think "I've done the right thing here" ? Well, when my Grandad (the one on my right of the photo above) saw me, he started to tear up! Awww <3
I am so lucky and blessed to have met so many amazing, lovely and funny bunch of people in my 3 years at University. Even though people had their own separate friendship groups, as a class we all got along so well and we all supported each other and had a laugh together which I think that is something that is very rare these days. So thank you to those who were in my class, I'm so pleased to have met them all and so proud that we all made it! And no matter where everyone ends up, I wish every single one of them the best success for the future <3
I also want to say a massive thank you to those who sent me congratulations and best wishes,
what a lovely bunch you all are! <3
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Wednesday, 2 July 2014

TURKEY DIARY



Hello lovelies!
As the title of this post/photos suggest, I have recently been away to Turkey with the bf for some well deserved relaxation after such a stressful final year at Uni. I was away for 2 weeks in an area called Fethiye which I had never heard of previously but it was lovely. My favourite thing was the gorgeous sunsets (my camera is literally spammed with so many photos of it haha!).
In between lazing by the pool, I had visited the beach too, normally on holiday I don't like days at the beach as the wind blows sand everywhere and it sticks to your body and feels awful, but I was pleasantly surprised by the beach here and enjoyed that loads. I also watched one of the World Cup matches and did the 12 Island boat trip which takes you on a tour and you can jump off the boat into the sea which was exhilarating! Followed by visiting the Turkish Sunday market to score myself a genuine fake Mulberry ;) I love the salespeople there and the funny expressions they say, like: "Genuine fake watches! Very cheap! Cheaper than Primark! Cheaper than shoplifting!" it's always good for a giggle.
Also whilst I was away I got my University results and after many months of stress I did it! I will be graduating! I am honestly so relieved! The day I got my results was just a blur of emotions but at last the wait is finally over and I could not be happier! Thanks again to everyone who showed their support, it really did mean so much to me and I really appreciate it!
Take care <3
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Monday, 14 April 2014

Violet Daffodils 2nd Birthday!


Hello lovelies! :)
Today is a special day for me as my Blog has turned 2 years old! My Blog is growing up so fast! ;)
I feel very happy in myself for this, as I find as I've got older that finding a hobby and sticking to it is far more difficult than attending Dance classes every Thursday & Saturday, Art class every Saturday or keeping up Piano lessons every Monday like I could do as a kid/teen. How I managed my time back then completely baffles me now. But I have got so passionate about Blogging over the past 2 years that it is always constantly inspiring me, keeping me interested and pushing myself further to try out new ideas for posts, photographs, content, design etc. which I'm hoping to explore in more depth this year. 

Since my Blog name partly comes from my love for my favourite flower, I felt it was only right to take photographs for this post with Daffodils, hopefully a better attempt than last time I did a post like this (here). My Grandad is the one responsible for the blooming of so many gorgeous Daffodils this time of year as he does all the gardening. At the bottom of the garden there is a large section that has tons of them around which ended up being the ideal spot for my photographs for today. 

Aren't my bunny flats the cutest?!! 

And lastly I want to say a big thank you so much for the support I've had on this Blog. I recently hit 180+ followers on here and 100+ on Bloglovin too which is madness and I'm so flattered! I am SO grateful for those of you who take time out of your day to read my posts/comment/follow etc. it really does mean a lot to me, I cannot express that enough. Also I would like to thank you all for your patience too, I know that I haven't posted loads recently but I am hoping to change that in the next few months, spruce up the design of this blog, make some new and exciting changes and include some new material for you all. So keep your eyes peeled!

Friday, 4 April 2014

Lace Face

Hello lovelies! :)
Please excuse my creepy smile in the above photo! I recently went to see Russel Howard: Wonderbox tour at the MetroRadio Arena in Newcastle as it was a Christmas present. I had never seen a Comedian live before so I was really looking forward to the experience. The show was absolutely hilarious! My face was hurting so much from laughing throughout the entire performance. It was a fantastic experience and I would recommend it to anyone who is thinking of going along to see a live show as it makes for a really fun night. Before I went to the show I had been eyeing up this gorgeous black lace dress from MotelRocks and had been undecided about purchasing. I even asked my guy friends at University for their honest opinion and in the end I caved and bought it (Surprise Surprise!). I decided to do an outfit post to show how it looks and how I had styled it. Enjoy! :)
Dress: MotelRocks, Heels: Asda

FOTN:
*Revlon Photoready Foundation (Nude)
*Revlon Photoready Eye Primer & Brightener (No. 3)
*Rimmel London Stay Matte Powder (Warm Beige)
*Rimmel London Lasting Finish Soft Colour Blush (Pink Rose)
*Rimmel London Eyebrow Pencil (Black/Brown)
*Maybelline New York EyeStudio (Bronze Drama)
*Maxfactor Eye Brightening Mascara (For Brown Eyes)
*Maxfactor Excess Volume Mascara (Black)
*Rimmel London Kate Moss Matte Lipstick (Kiss Of Life)
*Blistex MedPlus Lipbalm
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Thursday, 20 March 2014

MY DISNEY DIARY















 Hello lovelies!
I apologise for such a long wait but I have been very busy with my final few months of University, but I have finally put together my Disney photo diary for you all to enjoy!
As some of you may have heard, last summer I was away to DisneyWorld Florida for my 21st birthday, it was honestly the most amazing experience/holiday of my life! I did so much over there and made some amazing memories.
Animal Kingdom: I visited the Tree of Life, The Festival of the Lion King show, was Goofin’ around with Goofy and Pluto as well as Mickey & Minnie mouse and conquered my fear of Winnie the Pooh haha! (inside joke). I also conquered my first rollercoaster of the holiday, Everest and went on a jungle safari where the giraffes came right upto the vehicle.
Epcot: Meeting as many Disney characters as possible: Belle, Aurora, Chip & Dale, Snow White and Alice, all of which I got signatures in my autograph book. I went for lunch in “Italy” which was delicious and explored the futuristic rides and exploring different countries and the cultures within them.
Disney Hollywood Studios: So many rides to go on, I loved the Rockin’ Rollercoaster, had lunch at Pizza Planet, failed to get Phineas & Ferb to sign my book due to the rain (boo!) watched the Indiana Jones show and the car stunt show, both were awesome!
Mall at Millenia: A cheeky shopping trip. I had my heart completely set on Victoria’s Secret as there isn’t one near where I live so I made the most of it and bought some gorgeous things to bring home with me.
Downtown Disney: Mainly visited for evening meals, lots of souvenir shops, awesome fake volcano outside of the Rainforest Café that went off, Planet Hollywood, my favourite part was Splitsville bowling alley, it was so much fun and on a night you could have a cheeky beverage at the bar where there was a man playing live acoustic music. The day after my 21st I had my first legal American drink here at this small margarita bar which was delicious!
SeaWorld: I began the day with a ride on the Manta which was awesome, was hoping to have a go on Kraken but it rained so it got closed off, nightmare! I also got to pet some Stingrays and then went to watch the dolphin show, followed by Shamoo show, had food at the Village Inn diner and my favourite part of the day had to be the petting/feeding the dolphins at dolphin cove. Awww!
Universal Studios: This side was where the likes of The Simpsons were and Despicable Me. I also got to see one of the parades too which was cute. I had lunch at Hardrock Cafe followed by a quick trip to the NBA store. It was here where I had such a panic. I went on the Rip It Rock It roller coaster which was awesome for the fact you could choose what song you wanted to have playing as you went round, I chose ZZ Top's Gimme All Your Lovin' however when I went round I could feel the harness feeling like it was going to spring open as I was going round and for someone like me who was just getting used to roller coasters, I found this horrifying to the point where I came off the ride hyperventilating, it was horrible! Let that be a warning to everyone to take extra care when getting fastened in on rides. That is actually why I had a fear of roller coasters in the first place, as I feared I'd fall out from a large height. Luckily I was okay in the end and soldiered on!
Islands of Adventure: It was very Marvel and comic books based which I loved and also Jurassic Park. I had spent all of this time upto this day going on lots of roller coasters to psyche myself up for the big one aka The Hulk ride. As many of you may not know but I had quite a fear of them, note the word "had" as I feel I came back from this holiday having overcome that fear and found a lot of them to be enjoyable bar one (read previous paragraph). Anyway when I first walked into the park I headed straight to the Hulk as I knew if I didn't go on it then and there then I would never do it and I went on it and thoroughly enjoyed it! After feeling very victorious and even though I'm not a mega fan of him, I headed over to see Hazza P (Harry Potter World) and tackle the Dragons, I did the blue ride first and then came straight off that and onto the red one, feeling dangerous ;) and then I had lunch at Hardrock Cafe. The final image was when I came off the Pop Eye ride soaking wet, I hadn't been to Florida since I was about 8 years old and one of my fondest memories was myself and all my family on going on that Pop Eye ride dozens of times and being absolutely soaked so I had to go on it for the sheer sentimentality of it.
Magic Kingdom/ My Birthday: As I was away on holiday without the family I had brought all my birthday cards with me so on the day I opened them all and my family rang me throughout the day to wish me happy birthday which was cute. I had lunch at Gaston's tavern where the lady let me have my drink for free as it was my birthday, throughout the day I overheard little kids going "look mammy, it's that girl's birthday". If you've never been to Disney on your birthday you can basically pick up a badge as you walk in and a cast member writes your name on and as you walk around fellow cast members and randoms wished me happy birthday, I even had some random old guy sing to me which was brilliant! It made up for the fact my family were not around to share the day with. I met Ariel and got her to write in my autograph book "Happy 21st Birthday, love and fishes, Ariel" my life was made. I also got to ride on Prince Charming's carousel, The Little Mermaid ride was amazing, all the mechanical pieces showing the key parts of the film was fantastic! Again I revisited some rides that I remember when I was a kid, the first being "It's a small world" which I remember going on as a kid hundreds of times with my Mam and my Gran, just hearing the song made me feel really emotional and nostalgic of all the fond memories and lastly Splash Mountain which I remember going on with my family and my Gran sitting on the driest seat as she thought she wouldn't get wet and we all came off the ride pretty dry however my Gran was drenched, bless her it was hilarious!On the evening of my birthday, I had one final birthday present and that was a birthday dinner inside the Disney Castle!!! It was honestly the most amazing experience ever! You go in and get a photo with Cinderella, then wait for your name to be called out: "Princess Kate!" and ascend the staircase to this huge room, I ended up getting my table moved to the window so I was able to watch the firework display from the window which was magical! The food was delicious and the waitress that was assigned to me was lovely and sang happy birthday to me when she brought my desert out. We even got some souvenirs from our visit which was a fairy wand with "Cinderella's Royal table" on it, a sword and a copy of the photo with Cinderella from the beginning. Also whilst waiting for our meal Ariel, Jasmine, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty came around to get photos and sign autographs. It was the most amazing birthday experience of my life, such a perfect way to spend my 21st!

Magic Kingdom #2: The final day where I could use my tickets into the parks so decided to make the most of it and revisit some of the parks so I could either go on certain rides again, try and go on ones I missed out on and also make a few purchases from the gift shops. I decided to travel in style and got the monorail to Epcot and then got the ferryboat from Epcot to Magic Kingdom, it was a lovely time of the afternoon, sailing along as the sun was setting. So pretty!
I'd never travelled like that before in Florida so I wanted to have that experience at least once. So I'm happy to have had that. I had headed over to Magic Kingdom specifically to watch the Firework display as a final Disney farewell as the last time I was at Magic Kingdom I was inside the castle so I didn't see it from the outside. It was wonderful to experience the display in those different ways. It was amazing, I took a ridiculous amount of photographs of the huge variety of fireworks and it was the perfect way to round off such an amazing holiday, experience and of course birthday! <3
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