Being Bridget Jones

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So often you’ll see girls writing online about how they’re like Bridget Jones because they are spending a Saturday night in with a tub of ice cream instead of going out on the ‘sesh’. And you’ll see all these other girls commenting in agreement ‘omg yes gal me too #singlelife #crazycatlady’.

Well, I’m here to set you all straight. I am the real Bridget Jones. And not just because I am partial to a tub of Ben and Jerry's on a Saturday night either. Let me tell you why…

1)      ‘Yes I will always be just a little bit fat!’
This is one of Bridget’s infamous quotes from the film as she tries to defend herself to her boyfriend, Mark. I am this girl. I’m never going to be a size 6, I will always opt for a pizza over a salad, I absolutely despise exercise of any kind and so yes, I will always be just a little bit fat! You see that roll I have when I sit down, or wear a crop top? That’s from the share bag of doritos I enjoyed all by myself last night while watching Bridget Jones. Suck it. I think I look great.


2)      I have sung ‘All By Myself’ into a hairbrush home alone and felt every word.
Because hey, we’ve all been through that kind of break up right? Unfortunately for my family, neighbours, and anyone else in a five mile radius, I had a whole soundtrack to sing along to, not just Celine Dion. I can't believe I'm confessing this online.


3)      I keep a journal
Well, it’s a blog and a Twitter feed, but all those thoughts that Bridget has and shares on paper? I share with you guys on here. You all read my endless break up blog posts (and absolutely loved them, can I just point out) and you all read about my dating experiences on Twitter. I am a bit of an over sharer- like Bridget!


4)      I have a great gang of friends
I mean, they’ve never taken me on a spontaneous trip to Paris (guys, come on), but they do give me great advice like ‘don’t iron your hair’. No, on a real though, I think my little gang is just as fab as Bridget’s, although I don’t have any famous 90’s singers in it…yet.


5)      I can’t cook
Remember her blue string soup? Yeah. I can’t even cook soup, let alone make it from scratch. Wow, could I actually be worse than Bridget Jones?!


6)      I continuously try and fail to get the attention of the man I like
…only to get attention from a man that I don’t like. Why is life so cruel?! Just let the guy I like drop me a message already, rather than all these has beens cropping up months later trying to rekindle something that wasn’t ever even there!


There is one difference between me and Bridget- I don’t own big knickers! In fact, it’s a laughing matter between some of my friends and I as to what they consider ‘granny pants’ and ‘big knickers’ and what I do- however, that is a little TMI that I won’t be sharing! Regardless, there is so much more to being Bridget Jones than eating ice cream on a Saturday night- believe me, I know!

On a scale of 1-10, how Bridget Jones are you? Let me know in the comments below!

Love from,
Florence Grace
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Being a Communications Officer

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When I started my new job as a Communications Officer, I got a lot of questions about what my new role actually was and the kinds of things it entailed. Justine from Girl Gone Dreamer asked if I would do a blog post on the subject- and so here it is, better late than never! So, what does a Communications Officer actually do?

Handle Social Media
Anyone who knows me will know how much I adore social media, so I was thrilled when I found out that a huge portion of my job role was to handle the company’s social media. I help to run the Twitter and Facebook account and soon might even be looking into doing some YouTube work too. I take a lot of joy in doing this and always get so excited whenever somebody tweets us, because then I get to tweet back! 

Internal Communications
I have been told by my colleagues that internal comms are my strength, which I was thrilled to hear, given that I’ve never done them before! I would say internal comms is definitely the main bulk of my job- I write endless news bulletins, which I absolutely love doing, I create content for the newsletter, I liase with staff about events they might be doing or fundraising they might be participating in (we are a very charitable company, there’s always fundraising going on with someone!) so I can write about it to raise awareness and eventually I’ll be working on creating campaigns too.



Media Enquiries
Yesterday I dealt with my first ever media enquiry! Boy, oh boy are they harder than they look! Writing a press release is actually far more complex than I ever imagined- I assumed you just wrote a brief paragraph or two on the relevant topic and then sent it to the right people but how wrong was I! There is so much more to it than that and I am definitely still learning.

Putting on Events
Event management is not really something I expected to be doing as a Communications Officer, but it’s actually quite a big part of what I do! Hosting events for both members of staff and members of the public, the events could be charity fundraising events or more serious meetings. At the moment, I’m in the process of organising a conference for 200 people! It’s brand new to me and definitely a challenge but one that I’m enjoying!

So as you can see my role is very exciting, very busy and also very varied! No two days are the same and there is always something different to do, which is good- it means I don’t get bored!

Being a Communications Officer is a role I didn’t even know existed or would have even considered, but I’m so glad I stumbled across the role because I absolutely love it!

What’s your dream job? Have you already landed it? Let me know in the comments below!

Love from,
Florence Grace 
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Where I'm at now

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I’ve never been so happy with my life- ever. I genuinely mean that too. Growing up, there was always one issue or another going on in my life, whether it was me being bullied, relationship or friendship problems, body confidence issues or dealing with my parents’ divorce; there just always seemed to be something going on to detract from my happiness.

So you can only imagine my surprise when I came to the realisation the other week that, for the first time in my life, everything is good.

"I just wish that younger me had known that it was possible to be this happy all of the time."


I honestly am at a place in my life where, for the first time ever, everything is going really well. I started my new job, which I’m really excelling at and absolutely loving. I have a buzzing social life and am surrounded by all of the best people I’ve ever known. I’m in a good place financially, I’ve got some exciting travel plans to look forward to, as well as other upcoming events that will be a lot of fun. I’ve got a new found confidence in myself and have finally learnt to love my body. What more could a girl want?

Being an aunty to Abby's beautiful little baby certainly puts a smile on my face!


I really feel like it’s about time everything looked up for me. I’ve gone through a lot of hard times and struggles in my life, particularly in my teenage years where I was bullied continuously, went through some really low points and had to deal with my parents divorce too. It’s a relief to me now that my twenties are on track to be the happiest years of my life so far- I only hope they stay as good as they've been so far!

Now that I’m so happy all of the time, it makes me angry to think about all of the time that I wasted being sad- and over such trivial things most of the time too! I’m more than making up that lost time now- I just wish that younger me had known that it was possible to be this happy all of the time.


Finally, I'm learning to love myself completely.


It’s easy for me to preach about happiness and self love and confidence now that I’ve finally reached this positive place, but as someone who has spent so many years being miserable and unhappy with all aspects of her life, I think I’m obliged to tell you that it can get better- that it does get better. It’s all about your mind set and the lifestyle you choose to live, really. 

Change your outlook on things. Cut off people who don’t add value to your life. Do more of what you enjoy and less of what you don’t. Pamper yourself often. Be healthy. Get enough sleep. All of these small changes will contribute to one big change.

Life is too short to be anything other than happy. I’m sad it’s taken me this long to realise it, but glad that I’ve finally learnt. I have never been so content, so at peace within myself- so bloody happy. 

It’s never too late to turn it all around.

Love from,
Florence Grace 
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Printing with Printiki*

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Growing up, my bedroom walls were covered from floor to ceiling in photos of me and my friends- when I moved house and had to take them down it was heartbreaking! I also fell in love with photography and was going to study it at university, before choosing to study it at my local college instead.

Photo's are just so special to me, and I take them all the time. I'm one of those girls who snapchats every single moment of her life, just so I can relive the memories later on. I love editing photos to make them look pretty for Instagram, I just adore being able to capture special moments in life and being able to share them with the world. 

Something I always forget to do now that I am older and have a busier lifestyle is print my photos out. It seems such a task to trek to my local Boots or Jessops and pay extortionate amounts to print out small quantities of photos. So imagine my absolute joy when I discovered Printiki, a photo printing website, through a competition run by Jemma from Dorkface Blog. You can imagine how much happier I was when they kindly approached me and asked if I wanted to review one of their products on my blog. Of course, I said yes! 




Printiki offer a wide range of services on their website, including printed photos, photo books and photo posters, all in a variety of sizes! The printed photos also come in two different options for each size too; retro and normal. Retro photos are printed with caption space underneath the image, which is a pretty cool option to have! 



I opted for non-retro, square, 4x4 images that looked like polaroid images, which I thought was quite cute! The photos are available with a glossy finish or a matte one, so I opted for glossy as I think this is a nicer photo finish than matte. 

The best thing about Printiki's photo service is the price. All of the products are far more afforable than you might think printed photos might be. For 20 prints, it costs just £4.50, which is super cheap! Printiki is based in Amsterdam, so you do have to pay a small shipping fee of £2.49, which really isn't much at all. If you want to add an extra ten prints to your order, it's an extra £2, so it really is very reasonably priced indeed!

I had no idea what to expect when the photos arrived, but I was beyond impressed. For starters, my order arrived two days after I placed it- I couldn't believe how quickly they had got to me from Amsterdam! They were also very securely packaged in a plastic photo wallet, sealed up in another wrap, put inside a padded envelope. And as for the products, well, the photos are of an incredibly high quality. The photo paper is sturdy, the glossy finish really makes the photo's look expensive and none of the photo's were blurred or pixelated- they all looked really good! 




As I only ordered 30 prints, I chose some of my favourites from the last year or so, but now that I know how excellent the quality is of these prints, how affordable they are and how quickly they get to your door, I'm definitely going to be ordering some more prints of my favourite photos! I think I'd really like to get a photo book next, to commemorate a special occasion, such as my trip to Amsterdam with my sister, or my 21st birthday. 

If you'd like to order your own creative, high quality photo products, why not check out Printiki for yourself right here or head over to their Instagram for some creative inspiration on products you can create and ways to display them once they've arrived. I've used a wire wall grid to display some of my photos, but I'm definitely going to have a look at their Insta to get some fresh ideas! 

Edit: I am now a part of the Printiki referral program! Use my code for free shipping on any orders that you make and help me to earn some extra cash :) Use the code at the checkout: RERWCFKF 

Where do you print your photo's? Have I tempted you to try out Printiki? Let me know in the comments below! 

Love from,
Florence Grace


These prints were kindly gifted to me by Printiki in exchange for a review. All thought's and opinions are my own. Please read my disclaimer for more info. 
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Does Twitter really need an edit button?

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There’s one thing avid Twitter users long for more than anything else in the world- an edit button.

Every time a social media platform brings out a totally random update, you’ll see endless tweets of fury: “Instagram can give us identical snapchat filters and Twitter STILL can’t give us an edit button?!

But do we really need an edit button on Twitter? 

To me, the answer is simple: no, we do not.

You can only imagine the havoc that would be caused if people were able to tweet something and then edit it before anyone else could see it, changing their words entirely. Bullies would have an absolute field day! Tell someone to kill themselves, leave it there long enough for it to effect the individual it’s being said to and then edit it to something sweet and lovely, so that to the outside world you look like the best of friends. And not only bullies and ordinary everyday people, but imagine people in power too! You can only imagine the likes of Piers Morgan and Donald Trump being able to adjust things they had previously said to try and make them seem like less of an arse (if that's even possible...)



There’s a delete button available! If you make a mistake in your tweet that’s so bad you have to edit it out for the tweet to be deemed acceptable, then just delete the whole tweet and start from scratch! But with that being said, is anyone going to be bothered about a small error you’ve made in a tweet? Probably not. If it’s that bad, its worthy of being deleted. If its not delete-worthy, don’t worry about it! I'm almost certain no one cared if you made a small typo or forgot to include a relevant emoji. 

On the other side of things, who is making that many mistakes that they need an edit button anyway? Just check your tweets before you send them, it takes less than thirty seconds and really isn’t that hard!

While Twitter could emulate Facebooks feature of being able to reveal the original version of an edited comment, is it really worth the hassle? Do we really need an edit button to encourage people to say nasty things that they think they can then alter just for the laughs? I don’t think so. For all the drama it could cause, it just doesn’t seem worth it. Check your tweets instead!

Love from,
Florence Grace
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The importance of female friends

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I was always the girl who said she got on better with boys than girls. And back then, it was true. My friendship with girls was always very fickle- I had a new best friend almost every six months or so! But my friendships with boys always lasted years, I was always friends with the same boys throughout my entire school life pretty much. There’s even some boys from primary school I’m friends with now! I can’t say the same for girls.

When I went to an all girls secondary school, I decided now, more than ever, that I got on better with boys. I just didn’t fit in with girls the way I did with boys. I didn’t know how to do my hair or makeup, I didn’t wear the right clothes, I wasn’t pretty or skinny, rich or popular- all things that girls seem to care about in a friend and boys don’t. While I did have female friends, all of my closest friends, including my very best friend, were boys from the all boys school across the road.

Now that I’m older, things have changed slightly. I don’t know if it’s because I changed, or just because I met ‘better’ girls, but I started to get on better with girls than boys. While I was still drawn to having male best friends (Ben and Alec I’m looking at you!), I was drawn to having female ones too, and now have a nice mix.




Since making more close female friends, I’ve come to realise just how important female friendships are. When I was younger, more insecure in myself, other girls were always competition. Now that I’m older, wiser and a ‘woman’, I see this simply isn’t the case. The women in my life help to make me who I am. They lift me up and help me to rise, they encourage my growth and support me in all that I do- and, of course, I do the same for them.

I was encouraged to write this post after I stumbled across a post by The Indie Byline about female friendships. One quote in particular stood out to me; “...female friendships are so important. I don’t believe you can really tap into your womanhood without other women in your hood, around you to vibe with, flow through or grow with”. And it’s true! You do need other women to help you tap into your womanhood, to help you to grow. I don’t think enough girls remember this- I certainly didn’t.



Appreciate the women in your life, both friends and members of your family. Real women want to support other women, not tear them down and compete with them. Make sure you have the right women in your life to create your own tribe and watch how they help you transform.

Tap into your womanhood with other women, like The Indie Byline suggests. Then sit back and watch the magic happen. Girl Power is very real and it’s something we all need. Don’t hide from it; embrace it and learn to love the women around you.

Love from,
Florence Grace
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BLUSHES

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I absolutely love having friends who are incredibly talented and doing super cool things- and one of my friends, Tiffany, is part of the amazing four piece band, Blushes. This weekend saw them releasing their debut EP, 'Private Viewing', and I was absolutely thrilled to be asked along to cover the event. Not only did I get to see Blushes perfom live, but I got to see a whole host of other talented musicians too (who will receive their own blog posts in due course...).



Blushes have such a unique sound to them, and from the moment I first heard their music I fell in love with them! More recently, when they released a track from their EP, 'Skin', I was shocked at how much the group had progressed and improved. They were good before, but now I felt like they were amazing! I relayed this feedback to Tiff who told me that if I enjoyed 'Skin' that much (I did), then I'd love the rest of the EP...

Guess what?

I adore it. From start to finish I was absolutely captivated. For a girl who usually listens to the likes of Beyonce, Stormzy and Rihanna, listening to Blushes made a refreshing change, and I actually listened to the EP back to back three times... for real. 

Because I love the band and their music so much, I thought I'd use my little corner of the internet to share their talent with you! Not only did I get to attend their EP launch but I also got to interview the band prior to the event too, so you guys can all get a bit more of an insight into the members of the band, the process of writing their brilliant songs and where they get their inspiration from. 

Enjoy! 






How did Blushes begin?
Tiff: Bradley, Jacob and myself all went to the same secondary school and we were all in the same music classes together. When I left school in year 11, I went on to Amersham College to study Fine Art and ended up making friends with George, who was studying music at the college. Bradley had already started off as a solo artist, writing his own material and doing acoustic sets- which is funny, because me and one of my friends at school spent so long persuading him to sing to us in music and he never would because he hated his voice so much...now he's a front man! 

Jacob had previously been in bands and I had already been singing for years and had worked on a few different projects with other friends. Bradley approached me about forming a band and asked if I knew a potential guitarist to complete the group, and instantly I thought of George! George actually had to go to university so we were left without a lead guitarist but fortunately we had played with a band called Rawset at the Crauford Arms before and their guitarist, Sonny, wa sa fan. When we needed to fill George's rather large boots, Sonny was the one person we thought had a chance of rising to the challenge with his 'plinky plonky' riffs! 

'Skin' has already been pretty popular- can we expect more tracks like this from your EP or are all of the tracks unique?
Tiff: 'Skin' was, to me, one of our strongest tracks, considering we wrote it together further down the line and after gigging and practising often, which meant we could write something stylised to the direction we felt we were actually heading in. There's a nice handful of variety in the EP however.

Jacob: The other songs are a mix of stuff that was already fully written by Brad before the band started, and songs that we've all built. We've all had a hand in tweaking and adding to every song however. We feel that all of the tracks stand on their own, they all have different meanings and styles. The record is very much an indication of what we have come from and where we are going.



Its such a gorgeous song, and I have listened to it over and over and over again since it was released! Where did the inspiration for the song come from?
Jacob: Simply put, lyrically 'Skin' is about sex and everything that surrounds it. More specifically, sex with someone that you love, or you know you will love. But it's not like a pure R&B song (even though a lot of influence comes from that), the bassline or groove isn't really trying to be 'sexy' or have that kind of sound. It's more about telling a definite story and how each instrument can emphasise that. The structure of the song in a way reflect the structure of a night or an evening with someone, and the struggle to make it work, with the nerves and that. 

In general, where do you get the inspiration for your songs?
Jacob: I think naturally we have gravitated towards love and romance as big themes. In no way is it an unexplored subject but we are always interested in what it sounds like when we're jamming new songs and how it all mixes together with those themes. We're changing sounds and styles constantly so it's quite fun when Brad and Tiff are singing about a very melancholic experience and there's a very upbeat thing behind it. Stuff like that! Of course, sometimes it can be ncie to just go straigh up and do what the song wants, and try and strengthen that as much as possible, but it really comes down to if its something we all like, and we can imagine playing it all together and laying it out between us, then we'll do it.




Which bands and artists do you source inspiration from?
Tiff: Individually, we have quite a varied taste in music. One genre we all appreciate is R&B. Personally, I love artists like Matt Corby, James Vincent McMorrow and James Arthur, and I adore the tone that Amy Winehouse had in her vocals. Currently, I'm always taking inspiration from Marina and the Diamonds, London Grammar and Half Moon Run when it comes to our sound. 

How long does it usually take to put one song together? What comes first, the lyrics or the music?
Jacob: It totally varies; many songs Brad has just come up with the basic guitar and lyrics on the spot, and then we just gradually figure out our parts over the top until they mix nicely. Sometimes it takes one evening, sometimes it takes months. We do demo stuff too, we send eachother everything from 10 second melodies to fully mixed instrumental tracks that we then jam on, so again its sort of an 'anything goes' thing.

Your debut EP 'Private Viewing' was released on the 22nd April. Where can people listen to it? 
Jacob: It's available on all online streaming services, and we had some physical copies at our launch show too!



I have already had numerous listens on Spotify (readers, you can listen right here) and I honestly can't get enough of it! How long did it take to put the EP together?
Jacob: It has taken just about six months now, from the start of recording to finishing production and mastering. It has been on and off however, not every single day, just using windows of time where we were all available. 

We loved watching you guys at your EP launch- you sounded amazing and all looked like you were having the time of your life! Where can we see your performing next?
Jacob: Our next gig is supporting Shanghai Blues at Luna Lounge on 6th May followed by a show at the Islington O2 Academy on the 8th July- plus many more to be announced soon!




Can you tell that Blushes are crazy talented? Coming up with music and lyrics on the spot, putting together an EP in six months and selling out a gig for 300 people to launch their debut EP. This lot are putting in allllll the work and I am absolutely certain they're going to be reaping the rewards for a long time to come. If you don't do anything else on this quiet Monday evening, make sure you go and listen to 'Private Viewing' right now, and make sure to give the band a follow on social media too. You can find them on Facebook here, on Twitter here and on Instagram as @dontmakemeblushes.

I love Blushes, I have loved finding out more about the band and their music and I absolutely can't wait to see them perform again! Have a listen to their EP and let me know what you think of their music in the comments below!

Love from,
Florence Grace 

Images provided by Blushes.
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