Meet the woman who's proud she's not a feminist.

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So let's get started shall we. Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, the woman proud not to be a feminist. Why? "Because I've never really faced inequality". Wow, Kaley. Good for you. Being a feminist is obviously only allowed if it is directly affecting you.

Not.

Feminism is- or should be- a global movement, helping women all over the world. If you're a woman who has absolutely never faced inequality in your life- and I should imagine there's very few of you- then you're are one of the lucky ones. I am so happy for you. But is it really okay to turn around and say you aren't a feminist because of that? You've never been affected by inequality, fine. But how can you turn your backs on the women who have? The women who face it every single day of their lives. Women who work for free, the gender pay gap. Women who are sold at the age of 12 to men more than twice their age purely for sexual purposes- for the man's pleasure. Women who are beaten by their male partners, women who are forbidden from doing things that men can. Even something as simple as the women who are catcalled at every day of the week by men who feel it is okay to objectify them. How can you turn your back on all of these women just because none of it happens to you?

Feminism isn't about being selfish, it's about wanting equality for all women. If you feel you have that in your life, congratulations. Again, you are one of the lucky few. So if you are equal to all the males you meet, maybe you should use that power to get them to treat all women the way they treat you. Kaley, if you feel you are equal to every man you meet and have never suffered equality, that could be so powerful when tied in to your high celebrity status. Maybe you could try to encourage men to treat all women the way they apparently treat you- equally.

Whether it is intended or not, Kaley seems to have a high disregard for the feminist movement because "the work that paved the way for women happened before I was around". I find this statement incredulous. Yes, agreed, a lot of the work happened before you were around. However, a lot of that work is still ongoing. We do not have world equality. Women and men are not equal and therefore the hard work is still ongoing. Yes, things have improved for women, but we aren't there yet. To consider yourself not a feminist because all of the hard work was done before you were around seems absolutely ridiculous to me.

I myself don't understand how anyone can not support feminism, or call themselves a feminist. The issue of inequality of the sexes is a battle many women have to face every single day. Kaley, whilst you may be satisfied "serving" your man after earning $1million per episode of "The Big Bang Theory", other women are not so fortunate as you. Right now, there are women- let me rephrase, girls as young as 12, being sold to men twice their age, getting raped, getting pregnant and often dying due to the strain their body is put under.

There are women in the UK working for free because the gender pay gap is so large. 52 days women worked for free this year. You remember that as your millions roll in for doing, actually, not a lot.

There are women being beaten, in every country over the world, because they didn't make their husband's a hot meal, because they didn't tidy the house, make the baby stop crying, or just because their partner felt like it. You remember that as you cook for your husband five night's a week.

Kaley, I am not bitter about your satisfaction with your life. In fact, I am happy that there is a woman who feels she does not suffer from inequality- that is so positive in today's world. But I can not stand by and read that you are not a feminist because it doesn't affect you and say nothing about what a selfish attitude that is to have. Feminism isn't about being a housewife. It's not about whether you're happy because the choice in life you have made is to "serve" your husband. There's nothing wrong with that choice. It is your choice to make. No, feminism is about the social, political and economical equality of the sexes.

I urge Kaley, and anyone who feels the way she does, to rethink. If you don't consider yourself a feminist, why? Why don't you want all women to lead a life as easy as a man's? Why don't you want women to be paid the same as males, treated with the same respect as male's, given the same freedom as males? Just because you feel feminism doesn't directly affect you (although I assure you, it does), doesn't mean you should not be one. Be a feminist for all the women, all over the world, who are not as fortunate as you.

Kaley, that includes you too.

Love from,
Florence Grace

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To the people I shall leave behind in 2015

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Well. 'To' a lot of people really. Old friends, family, people I never really liked or got on with. There is a whole variety of people that I will not be keeping with me once the New Year rolls around. It's a sad thing to think about, and it hurts a lot to think about all of the people who have intimidated me, bullied me, betrayed me or even just distanced themselves from me through no fault of my or their own.

To the family members, you have hurt me deeply. They say blood is thicker than water but a blood tie with you means nothing to me. My real family members know who they are and I value them more than anyone else.

You have hurt me deeply. Family are supposed to love each other, look after each other. With only your selfish, inconsiderate ways in mind, you have not only hurt me but my siblings too. Although it hurts us to admit it, we will all be happy to leave you behind.

I hope you will not treat your other family members the way you have treated me and my family. I hope you will learn from the mistakes you made with us and will have more success with your other family members. Maybe in years to come, we can make amends. But for now, it's a permanent departure from me.

To the people I never really liked or were never even friends with at all- most of you have continued to harass me over the last year. There has been nastiness, backstabbing and cruel words spread all over various social media platforms, behind my back and to my friends- who of course, came straight to me. My only question is, why? If we have never been friends, do not know each other or have a mutual dislike for each other, why are you letting my life have an effect on you and what you do? Why are you spending your time watching my every move and then criticising it?

I feel very sorry for you. What a boring life you must lead if your only source of humour is from me and what I am doing with my life. I hope you manage to find a better way to spend your days, because life is short and there are far more exciting things for you to be doing rather than keeping a close eye on my every move, your sharp tongues ready to try and break me down. I sincerely hope that 2015 is a more exciting year for you.

And to the friends I have lost, well, this is the hardest- mainly because most of the friendships have been lost due to lack of effort from the both of us. I still care for all of you as I did before- my feeling's haven't changed. Even if you feel I don't care, you're wrong. I am a busy person and hardly have a free day in my week- I know all of you are much the same. You would think social media would help friendships to continue but I have found that it does not. In some cases it can even destroy them.

I hope we will get back in touch in 2015. I will try to make more of an effort, I hope you will do too. It would be nice to catch up on things after being distanced for so long. If not, then I wish you all the best in the future. You're all wonderful people and you all deserve the best things in life.

I am not a nasty person, nor a bitter one. Even the people I no longer feel anything for deserve a wonderful year, and I hope you all have one. Work hard for your dreams and achieve all you can. Clear your mind and allow yourself a fresh start. A fabulous 2015 is deserved by all.

Love from,
Florence Grace

If you feel personally affected by this post, please email me only at florencegrace13@gmail.com so that we may discuss whatever the issue is. However, I hope this post only brings about positivity for whatever relationship we have/once had and for the new year.
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Manner's...or rather, a lack of them.

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My parent's raised me to be a very polite child, as they did with both of my sisters too. We always say please and thank you, we walk single file on the paths and step off of curbs to let people pass, we hold open doors and we wait patiently in queues.

But all of this is just common sense isn't it?

Well, you would like to think so, wouldn't you. However, over the last few years I have noticed a dramatic increase in the lack of manners that people seem to possess. All too frequently I find myself holding open a door without a simple 'thanks', or moving out of someone's way only to have a stream of 7,582 people storm past me whilst I stand patiently waiting for the moment that I can continue on with my own journey.

To be frank, I'm quite fed up of it now. Can it be that so many other people in the world were not raised so well by their parents, and were not taught these basic, simple manners? Or is it that they have simply been lost along the way? Whatever the reason, it's a certainty that we need to retrieve them.

All too often the thought has crossed my mind "Well, if no one is going to act polite to me I shall act just as rudely towards them". I'm always stopped though. Stopped by the realisation that I don't want to be like all these impolite beings. That's not how I was raised and it's not a behavior I feel comfortable with. Part of me feels this is why we have so many rude people- one rude person annoyed someone polite like myself, and they decided to give up on their own manners. And then it happened again, and again and again and gradually the number of bad-mannered people became larger than the number of well-mannered people.

Another factor could be that in Britain, we're all just so busy. Constantly rushing around, looking at our watches in frustration and tapping our foot impatiently just trying to speed ahead to wherever it is we need to be. In the midst of all the zooming around, we seem to forget the most basic thing- manners. Too focused on where we want to be and where we are now, trying to fight against seemingly endless seas of people to be the first to cross over at the traffic lights, we forget to move out of an elderly person's way, we carelessly smash our flailing limbs into the faces of children and forget to smile, or even just nod our heads in appreciation for the stranger who stopped their car to let us cross the road at an un-designated spot because we were too rushed to make our way to a real crossing.

Whatever the reason it is, manners really shouldn't be forgotten. They take up very little time in your day and, as the saying goes, they don't cost a penny. Best of all, you could really make someone else's day just by considering them for a few seconds of your own. Smile, be polite and consider others. If we all remembered our manners when we ventured out of the house and into the big, wide world, it would make every day a little bit brighter and the world would be a much friendly, happier place.

Love from,
Florence Grace
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50 Facts About Me

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I see so many posts floating around the bloggersphere where blogger's share a bit about the person that they are whilst tagging other blogger's and inviting them to participate too, so that everyone can get to know each other a bit more! To me, this is a really great way to network and make some new friends within the blogging world, so I have decided to start my own factual post- 50 facts about me, Florence Grace!

If you find yourself tagged at the end- or even if you aren't but want to participate regardless-  then please do join in with this tag! It will be a lot of fun if lots of different bloggers get involved! So, here goes...


  1. My favourite colour is pink- and some would say I am pink obsessed.
  2. Ditto glitter. If it's sparkly, it's mine. 
  3. I love unicorns and refuse to believe they don't exist.
  4. I am a total social media addict, much to the annoyance of my family and friends.
  5. I have been with my boyfriend since I was 14 years old (4 and a half years!)
  6. I am a bit of a jewellery horder...
  7. ...and bric a brac.
  8. I love occasions that allow me to dress up with heels, fancy make up etc. etc. 
  9. I think Barbie is a goddess.
  10. I love My Little Pony and sleep with a MLP cuddly toy.
  11. Sloths are my favourite animal.
  12. I have met my heroin Jacqueline Wilson a grand total of three times.
  13. I am addicted to Coca Cola.
  14. My favourite drink however is Strawberry Frappucino from Starbucks!
  15. I am obsessed with Tom Hanks. Not because I think he's hot or anything but because I just love him...I wish he was my uncle or something, he's just great. 
  16. Amsterdam is my favourite place in the world (although I haven't seen much of the world, but still)
  17. I consider myself to have three different families, which is quite a lot. 
  18. I am allergic to nuts but have accidentally eaten nuts on numerous occasions.
  19. I have eczema AND asthma so basically life sucks all year long.
  20. I have always loved writing and being creative.
  21. I have a lot of clothes but I'm not sure when/where I brought them...
  22. I wish I lived in Barbie's dream house.
  23. I own three tiaras.
  24. I can eat for England.
  25. I used to do Judo and have 4 medals and 2 trophies...despite it being a form of exercise, I was actually half decent at it!
  26. I own nearly 100 nail varnishes and paint my nails every day.
  27. I met Marina from Marina and the Diamonds and cried for 20 minutes afterwards...
  28. I work in retail and am a queen at colour blocking.
  29. I never thought my blog would be successful and didn't think anyone would have any interest in my writing. 
  30. I am a feminist- as all people should be. 
  31. I am a trained TV presenter and have my own mini show reel. 
  32. I am overly sarcastic all of the time.
  33. I can't stand being copied- imitation is not the highest form of flattery.
  34. I have my own radio show, "Friday's with Florence Grace". 
  35. There was a time in my life where I had nearly 50 different nicknames.
  36. I can play the guitar, bass guitar, percussion and trumpet. 
  37. My life goal is to visit Fiji...I don't know why but it just looks perfect.
  38. The only Apple product I really like is the iPod.
  39. I prefer film camera's to digital ones. 
  40. I can find a song within seconds in my mind that matches the scenario I am living at that exact moment in time...if that makes sense...
  41. I don't find Brad Pitt or George Clooney attractive.
  42. My favourite film is Forrest Gump. 
  43. I am scared of the sea but find it so beautiful.
  44. I love buying quirky lamps and strings of fairylights.
  45. I am addicted to stationary- Paperchase is my favourite shop.
  46. I have only been to two foreign countries in my 19 years of life.
  47. I have a place at LSB University but can't decide whether to go or not.
  48. I can't lie without erupting into giggles and confessing the lie straight away...even in really serious situations.
  49. I am insanely ticklish.
  50. I have a really short temper...watch out! 
So there we have it! 50 random facts about the face behind the blog... I have chosen the following bloggers to (hopefully) participate! 

Hollie
Katy
Apryl
Zoe
Kayla

Even if you aren't tagged, please feel free to join in! When your post is done, tweet it to me using the hashtag #LFFG50Facts, post it on my facebook page or link it in the comments below! I hope you'll all join in so I can get to know you all a bit better! 

Love from, 
Florence Grace

What facts of mine match with yours? Let me know in the comments below! 

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Onward and upwards to 2015!

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2015 is fast approaching, and I know that I am not the only one to have marveled at how quickly this year has gone! Months seem to have been as brief as minutes and events such as birthdays, starting at new schools and universities, holidays and now Christmas all seem to have blown past in a tornado of celebration and excitement. The fact Christmas is nearly over when yesterday seems like December the 1st is scary enough. I am not quite mentally prepared to face a brand new year in a mere 10 days.

However, in my case, 2014 has passed by so quickly because so many exciting things have happened. I have been luckier than I ever could have dreamed this year, more so in the last five months, and I am truly thankful to whoever is up there helping me to gain the opportunities and successes that I have. As we prepare to depart from 2014 and enter into a brand new year, I felt there was no better time than now to write about my year- what I am happy to have achieved, what I am happy to be leaving behind and, best of all, what I am looking forward to in the new year! So grab some festive treats, get yourself comfy and read on...

2014- The highlights.

By the time 2014 rolled around, I had been 18 for just two months so, as you can probably imagine, the first few months of 2014 are a bit of a blur! However, I know there were a lot of night's out with my boyfriend's friends, who I had never really met before, and so I remember I had been quite nervous about making a good impression! However, I had some of the best night's I have ever had with them all, and some of them are my best memories from 2014!




Further into 2014, I started to work on my fitness and health as I was starting to feel a bit uncomfortable about the way I looked. As a girl who despises most forms of exercise, I was a bit wary of starting to go on bike ride's with my boyfriend- especially when I hadn't ridden a bike in 6 years! The first ride made me a bit anxious but like people say, you never forget how to ride a bike! After this I went on several bike rides and luckily 2014 was a brilliant year weather wise (for England anyway!) so there was always lots of great photo opportunities!


Leaving secondary school was a huge positive in my year. Unsure about university, I didn't really know where my life was headed, but all I can say is that I couldn't wait to get out of school and away from idiotic rules about jewellery and nail varnish (my two favourite things) and away from nasty, vindictive and judgemental classmates. The last day was fun however, as we transformed the school into Disneyland and dressed as some of Disney's well loved characters.


All too quickly summer rolled around, and as I had left school for good, we were given an extended summer- nearly 4 months long! House parties, bike rides, BBQ's, picnics, baking, beach days, meeting the cast of Hollyoaks, my school Leaver's Ball, seeing Eminem live, spending the day with WYA and getting to host my own radio show as part of a media project, getting my exam results and getting into my first choice university, my holiday to Amsterdam and of course celebrating 4 years with my wonderful boyfriend. It was possibly the busiest summer I have ever had, and if I were to write in depth about it all, you'd soon lose interest! I've selected my favourite photos from each event to share with you instead, because so much went on!


Meeting Joe from Hollyoaks!
Meeting Robbie and Dennis from Hollyoaks!
     
The Leavers Ball with my boyfriend, Alex.
Joining a friend on a media project with WYA and hosting our own show together- this is what lead to my permanent show
now!
Celebrating my great exam results, and getting into my first choice uni- can't believe I managed to do it!

Spending a week in Amsterdam- by far my favourite city!


Celebrating 4 amazing years with Alex- was definitely not always easy, but always been worth it! 

I also started my blog on the 31st July 2014. There is no picture for this but obviously this was a huge part of my year. I have had so many opportunities and doors opened to me thanks to my blog, have tweeted with "celebrities" such as Katie Hopkins and Mummy Felstead regarding my writing and have also become an in house member of Go Think Big, who have provided me with all of my oppotunities to date!


...and that was just my summer! I then went on to start at a brand new college where I knew absolutely nobody to start a brand new subject I had never studied before! Very, very daunting but thankfully I made lovely friends straight away and we have been joint at the hip since September! Poppy, thank you for making the first move and inviting me into your group of friends. Abby, thank you for providing me with laughs at your shocking antics every day. Ben and Ricarda, thank you for making me cry every day at the sweetness of your relationship. All of you have been great, and I couldn't ask for better friends to have been accepted by!


Thing's quietened down a little, but my blog began to grow steadily, and the media days I went to became more and more exciting! 

Meeting Mandem on the Wall at Carat Media!
Meeting Q Magazine's Art Director! 

Meeting Radio One DJ Gemma Cairney! 

Spending an evening at Channel 4!

Meeting Kenny Campbell, editor of the Metro.


And interned at Closer Magazine!

The start of November saw me celebrating my 19th birthday! The day was spent having lunch at a fancy cafe that specializes in chocolate based dishes, followed by an evening in London at the Bubba Gump restaurant with Alex, strawberries, champagne and a Tiffany's bracelet!


Further into November, I met my heroin, novelist Jacqueline Wilson for the third time and left her a letter...to which I got a reply via email! 


I also became a blogger for Girls Talk London, and have had two pieces published by them in the last two months! 

Towards the end of November I got the train to London at 6am...why? To do possibly my most exciting media event of the year: Train to be a TV Presenter! The day was amazing, I met some really amazing young people who aspire to work in the media just like me, as well as a presenter from SBTV and an former BBC journalist! To have my own show reel and to be able to say I have been trained to be a TV presenter by professionals is a really great feeling and I am really proud of myself! 


Then December rolled around. Sadly, I broke away from my radio show Midweek Mayhem...but I couldn't be sad about it for very long as I moved on to become a presenter on my own radio show! 


Friday's with Florence Grace will begin in January 2015!



I have also been asked to be a presenter at a concert held by the station I host a radio show on, Blink FM Live 2, so that will help me put my presenter training into practice! 


My final achievement of the year, and perhaps the one I am most proud of, is becoming a columnist for Vale Life magazine, a magazine distributed around Aylesbury and surrounding areas. I have only been blogging for 4 and a half months, and my writing has only been read for that amount of time, and now it will be read by an even broader audience. I couldn't be happier to have become a columnist 4 and a half months into writing. It blows my mind how fortunate I am!

After a lengthy post, I can safely conclude that my blog has been the main highlight of this year. Starting it has been the best thing I have ever done. More opportunities have thrown themselves at me than I could ever have imagined and I have met some wonderful people- including Apryl, Katy and Hollie!

Roll on 2015 I say! If it goes anything like this year has done, I will be ecstatic. Now, I know how tedious this post may have been to read- it wasn't about me being "big headed", and I hope that actually, I can inspire some of you. I'm just a normal girl from a normal town and I am trying to make something of myself- it is possible, and you can do it too! However, I'm not the only person who has had a good year. I asked some of my readers for their highlights;

Amy- My trip to Bulgaria!

Apryl- Returning back to Wales!

Cat- NEW YORK!!!!!!!!!!

Clo- 2014 was a brilliant year but my two main highlights were seeing Asking Alexandria for the second time and getting myself a job!

2014- The not so good times...

2014 may seem like it was all happy and fun for me- and for the most part, it was! But that wasn't always the case. I did encounter quite a lot of unpleasant people in 2014 and found myself the victim of a lot online criticism and general nastiness. 

I also had a pretty miserable time at school and ended up distancing myself from a lot of people. Most of my friends were not from my school and I didn't like my school generally. My last year of school seemed to drag and I was over the moon when it was time to leave. 

I've battled with weight issues all year long which hasn't been fun at all, as well as dealing with quite severe eczema problems and now other infections too- I seem to be on tablets or rubbing in cream 24/7! 

2015- The resolutions!

2014 has been great, and I'm hoping 2015 will be just as great- if not better! To accomplish this, I have a lot of exciting resolutions! 

  1. Reach 100,000 views on my blog by January 31st 2015.
  2. Reach 1000 followers on my blog by January 31st 2015 (This is my biggest battle- I have a lot of regular readers but they don't follow me! *hint hint*)
  3. Meet some of the lovely bloggers that I have met online in person. The blogging community is so wonderful and so friendly, I would love to get to know more! 
  4. Use my eczema cream as regularly as I am supposed to so that it disappears for as long as possible! 
  5. Lose 1 stone and hopefully this shall lead to me dropping a dress size.
  6. Don't trust everyone 100%. Not everyone is as genuine or as lovely as I would like them to be, and this often results in me getting hurt a lot. I need to stop being so naive and recognize the fake people more quickly. 
  7. Leave college with a "merit". 
  8. Start saving to move out...
  9. Get more work experience, or even a job, within the media industry.
  10. Say "yes" to as much as I can!
You guys had some great resolutions too, as well as some really exciting things to look forward to:

Amy- To do what makes me happy. In 2015, I'm most looking forward to working a season in Bulgaria. 

Apryl- My resolution is to make the most of everyday. I'm looking forward to hopefully getting to meet you and going back to Wales!

Clo- I have no New Year resolution but I am most looking forward to going to Download festival in the summer! 

Well, as we bring 2014 to a close, I for one can say it's been a great year- I hope it has been for you too! If it hasn't though, don't worry. 2015 is the start of a new year, the first page of a new book- a blank slate. Whichever cliche you want to use, remember that 2015 is a new start. Happy New Year everyone, make it the best you can! 

Love from, 
Florence Grace

Special thanks for making 2014 so amazing goes to GoThinkBig, Blink FM and Wycombe Youth Action, Charlie Trott, Eve-Yasmin, Aaron Roach-Bridgeman, Dekan Apajee, Youth Media Agency, Hollie Garner, Apryl Morrison, Katy Gilroy, Bundle Mag, Girls Talk London, Vanessa Sanyauke, Blogging Gals, Bobbie Gordon, Poppy Wootton, Abby Baker, Ricarda Casey, Ben Wybrow, Lbloggers Chat, Jane Felstead, my parents and of course my other half, Alex Healey. You've all been amazing. Thank you. 

What has been your highlight of 2014? What are your resolutions for 2015? What are you looking forward to? Leave a comment below!

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"A Little Bit of Life" giveaway prize!

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The other day a fellow blogger tweeted me telling me I had won her giveaway! I was so surprised as I had completely forgotten that I had even entered her giveaway- I think I must have done it quite a while ago! Anyway, Emily (A Little Bit of Life) has a wonderful blog and gets up to a lot of exciting things, so I was intrigued as to what her giveaway- of which the items were left as a surprise!- would consist of.

On Monday 15th of December, I got hold of my parcel- and let me tell you I couldn't have been any happier with it's contents!

First off was a sweet letter from Emily inside of a gift bag, thanking me for being involved with her blog. I suggest you all check out her blog here as it really is fabulous, and if all her giveaways are as good as this one, you will not want to be missing out!


She also included one of her gift cards!


Two mini Lindt chocolate figures (which I can assure you are really quite long gone!)

And then the best part of the giveaway- the generosity of Emily is absolutely incredible and I'm sure a lot of you will envy me for getting these gifts for free!



That's right...no, your eye's are not deceiving you. Two items of MAC make up! I have never used MAC before as it is a bit out of my price range, but I have always wanted to try it...and as my own mascara has just run out, this really did come at a perfect time! 

Thank you to Emily for hosting such a wonderful giveaway, I love my gifts! And I highly recommend you all head over to her blog and give her a follow. She is a very talented young lady! You can find her blog "A Little Bit Of Life" here!

Love from, 
Florence Grace 

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Blogger's Secret Santa 2014!

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So a few post's back, I wrote about how this year I was participating in a world wide blogger's secret santa! I was very excited by this, as there's so many blogger's all over the world, it was bound to be a huge event! Well, on Monday 15th December, I received my gift from my secret santa. I'm not going to lie, I did get a bit teary- the generosity of my secret santa, as well as the thought that went into the gifts, really blew me away! So a massive thank you goes out to my secret santa...hopefully we will be revealed to each other soon and I can thank you personally!


So the first thing I opened was my Christmas card from my secret santa! How thoughtful and sweet is this message? (I feel quite bad, I didn't send a Christmas card or note with mine...!)

My secret santa obviously paid attention to my 'Introducing Me' blog post, as my presents were all very 'me'...and pink!





All very pink and pretty things aren't they? I'm so happy with them all. Along with these gifts however, was another envelope labelled "swag". Inside was filled with a variety of book related gifts and even some signed things from various authors! Also included were some red and black feathers...I am assuming this is the clue mentioned in the card that hint's at where my secret santa is from, but I am still clueless! If anyone has any idea's then please let me know!



So can I just say a massive thank you once again to my secret santa- I hope you were equally as spoilt after sending away such a lovely gift, and I hope you have a very merry Christmas and a happy 2015! 

Love from, 
Florence Grace 

In all seriousness, if anyone has any idea as to where my secret santa is from, please leave suggestions below!!!

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Love From Florence Grace- the radio show!

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A little bit of shameless self-promotion never hurt anyone...

I want to tell my wonderful readers about a very exciting opportunity in my life right now! As of January 2015, I will be hosting my own radio show! At present, it is going to be called "The Florence Grace Show" but I am still working on names (have any suggestions? Feel free to leave a comment below or get in touch using the links on my page!)

The show will air on Blink FM every Friday from 3-5pm, and I am hoping to have someone exciting in once a month for an interview- I already have my first interviewee confirmed and I am just awaiting on a date!

For anyone who has read my "About" page, you will know that being a radio presenter is my dream job, and so I am really excited about this! However, I would like one thing from my readers and followers- ideas! So if there's a particular structure you think would work for my show, a name for the show, games to do or songs to play then please do get in touch with me. You can find me on Twitter, Facebook or email me at florencegrace13@gmail.com.

I am also looking for promoters to promote my show!! In return, I would host an advert for your blog/vlog/business on my own blog for FREE. If you are interested in helping me with this, again, please get in touch with me.

I'm hoping this show will be fabulous and super exciting for both me and for my listeners too! Support from all of my readers and followers would be so appreciated, so I really hope some of you will get in touch and will tune in in the new year- it would really mean the world to me!



I'll keep updating you all as time goes on.



Love from,
Florence Grace
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Ghost Online vs. Girl Online- who wrote the book?

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Zoella- a young woman fast becoming a house hold name. Starting as a YouTube 'vlogger', Zoe Sugg (better known as YouTube name 'Zoella') has been named "Britain's most influential tweeter", launched a line of beauty products, made several radio and television appearances and now published a novel- "Girl Online".

Released at the end of November, "Girl Online"was already one of the most highly anticipated books of this year due to Zoe's near 7 million YouTube subscribers and 2.61 million Twitter followers. However, no one could have predicted the incredulous success of the book, which sold over 78,000 copies in just seven days, beating the debuts of novelists J K Rowling and Dan Brown. The novel itself is fictional but with an autobiographical undertone, as it follows the story of Penny, a young blogger hiding behind the name "Girl Online".

Fans all over the country were thrilled with the book, some even claiming to have read it over night due to how fantastic it was. For bloggers and vloggers at more of a start out stage, such as myself, the release of the book only further demonstrated what doors could be opened to us if we pushed ourselves forwards enough. If Zoella hadn't inspired us enough already, she sure as hell had done it now. As a regular person using social media to try and get somewhere, you couldn't help but gaze in awe at this young woman who had done just that.

Until this morning. This morning, Sunday the 7th of December, saw the confirmation from both Zoella and Penguin Random House that her debut novel, "Girl Online", was ghost written. Penguin Random House were the first to speak out regarding the reoccurring questioning of Zoella's novel-writing talent, saying "to be factually accurate you would need to say Zoe Sugg did not write the book Girl Online on her own". As you can expect, social media platforms went into meltdown, with Zoe herself receiving torrents of tweets abusing, sympathizing and questioning her on both the accuracy of this statement, Zoe's own honesty and on who really wrote the novel.

Many people have ditched the idea of the novel entirely, with many who had plans to read and/or buy it now saying otherwise due to the disappointment and 'falseness' of both the novel and Zoe. Others have said it doesn't matter and is a common occurrence among celebrities who turn to writing. Finally, this afternoon Zoe spoke out on the situation herself, saying "Everyone needs help when they try something new. The story and characters of Girl Online are mine."

Zoella has signed a two book deal with the publishing company, so will it be a potential sequel or an autobiography on the horizon? Either way it's safe to say that today's announcement could have some impact on the YouTube stars success as an author. But should it really matter?

A number of celebrities who choose to bring out an autobiography have them ghost written by somebody else. As a footballer, actress or model, your talent for writing is not necessarily going to be one of your best. One of the most current celebrities to use a ghost writer is Katie Price. Bringing out a range of non-fiction and fiction books, Katie has openly admitted to using a ghost writer for her stories. She acknowledges writing is not her strong point, yet her books are still a success.

Many other celebrities acknowledge the ghost writers and thank them publicly. It seems the general consensus among Zoella's followers is that they don't mind that the book is ghost written, only that she wasn't completely honest about it. Bibliodaze blog wrote "80,000 sales in one week speaks a hell of a lot louder than this kind of discussion, and many of Sugg's fans will remain dedicated to their idol".

To me, it seems as though Zoella was offered the opportunity to publish a book for a rather large sum of money and decided to take it- who wouldn't? Whilst others argue that Zoella simply wanted to venture out into new things, I refuse to believe this. She has ventured into new things, such as launching a beauty line- this still relates to something the YouTube star knows about and loves. Maybe launching a clothing line would have been more appropriate than going headlong into a brand new field and ending up disappointing many of her fans before she's even had her final big break.


Love from,
Florence Grace

What do you think? Does it matter that Zoella's book was ghost written? Do you think she should have chosen to do this? Let me know in the comments below or get in touch using the links in the sidebar! 
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The Book of Everyone- a review!

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Just a few weeks ago, I was approached by Little Bird PR regarding an idea for a Christmas gift- a copy of 'The Book of Everyone'. I had next to no knowledge as to what this book was, who wrote it, what it was about, but being a blogger I am always up for trying new things and so decided to order one via the link I was sent.

You can imagine my surprise when I reached the website and found that it was up to me to make the book! I was pleasantly surprised by this- what a wonderfully unique idea for a gift for someone special to you- a book dedicated to them! I got to making the book right away, following the guidelines provided on the website.

First off is the name of the person you are making it for- alternatively, you can order more generic copies, for example "The Book of Mum". I chose to make a personalised book for someone special to me who I always have trouble finding a gift for! Once I had selected my person and typed in their name, as well as my own (well, the author needs some credit!), the book cover changed from "The Book of Everyone" to "The Book of ****". To make the book more fitting for the person receiving it, you can then change the colour of the book. I chose a bright, sunshine yellow. Eye catching and happy...and also my gift receiver's favourite colour! The final step before you can begin editing the book is including the person's date of birth and gender- this brings in the absolute personal touch.


Progressing through the website, you get a preview of each page, with the option to edit some graphics, colours, fonts and texts, all to make this gift suitable for the person you have in mind. The information on each page will change depending on the age and gender of the person, and some pages include topics such as "how much of your life have you spent smiling" and "what fashion was in on the day you were born", along with more humerous pages such as "a look inside ****'s mind"- which you can freely edit, choosing what you think is (or should be!) most important to that person. One page even has the opportunity to add in your own photos- you really can be as creative as you like with this book!

The book also comes with a free ant for your special person as an extra gift!

When going to pay for this unique gift, it becomes available in a variety of forms- an online copy, a soft back, a hard back, or a special gift set. This gift really is the perfect idea for someone who has everything- and it is reasonably priced as well. It's fun for the reader as well as fun to make and really shows someone just how much you care- enough to know their date of birth at least! Furthermore, the team behind the book are incredibly helpful and the website is so easy to use- I managed to make my book in just over 10 minutes! Suitable for anyone on any occasion, be it an anniversary, a 'coming of age' birthday or just a Christmas gift for someone you love, you can't go wrong with a copy of "The Book of Everyone".

On top of this, "The Book Of Everyone" is doing this wonderful idea in collaboration with Age UK. Every book brought goes towards the gifting of a book for an elderly person who may not receive a gift this year. By purchasing a copy of "The Book Of Everyone", you not only provide someone you love with a personalised gift that will bring a smile to their face, but you will also bring a smile to the face of a complete stranger too- and at Christmas time, what better thing is there for you to do?

Love from,
Florence Grace

Interested in getting your hands on a copy of "The Book Of Everyone"? Click here to be directed to the site- have fun!

Note: Currently none of these images are from my own book, as I stupidly wrapped it up before I wrote my review...pictures of my own book available as of 26/12/2014. All pictures above sourced from Google Images but are REAL pictures from REAL, already published books and are examples of REAL pages. Please email me with any concerns.
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Blogging Secret Santa!

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So, as December draws nearer, some of you may or may not know that I am participating in a Secret Santa within the blogging community! I am very excited about this, especially as I am still relatively new to blogging! Anyway, the first step is to write an introductory post for my Secret Santa- who could be from absolutely anywhere! So, here goes...



My name is Flo, and I am a student, currently studying Creative Business. In my free time, I blog, host a radio show once a week, work part time and spend the rest of my time with my boyfriend, Alex. I've only been blogging for- well, just under four months! Although I am still fairly new to this, I have had a lot of opportunities thrown at me, such as events with Channel 4 and the BBC, becoming a blogger for a bigger company etc. etc. I really enjoy working within the media and it is what I aim to do when I am older.

So, what about me? I love social media, especially Instagram, and I guess this has stemmed from my love of photography- I am never without some form of camera, be it my phone, polaroid of DSLR camera! I'm pretty creative and imaginative and love doing arts and crafts things, especially as gifts for people. I'm fairly passionate about music which is just one of the reasons I love being a radio presenter so much! Food is always high on my list, as well as my two real loves- jewellery and nail varnish- especially Barry M!


Hi, Secret Santa...this is me! 


I hope that is enough information for you, Secret Santa!! If not, please feel free to use the social media links in my blog to have a little hunt about things I may have forgotten to mention, or just to get a better grasp of the person I am!

Love from,
Florence Grace
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The cost of love (no, literally!)

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When we talk about the 'cost' of getting into a relationship, we often aren't considering the monetary factors. More often than not, we are thinking of the risks we are taking by entering into a commitment with somebody else.

However, what about the literal costs of entering into a relationship? Casual or committed, a recent survey conducted among 'middle aged' people concluded that single people are, on average, 2.5k richer than people in relationships every single year- which is a truly whopping amount! So just what is the cost of love?

Dates.
Starting with the obvious money cruncher, it was revealed that the average single person will attend a 'date' just once a month with the average spend of £45. Whilst people in a relationship spent just one pound more per date, at £46, on average their date's occurred three times a month, racking up a massive £138 a month...a significant amount more than someone without a significant other!

Gifts.
Interestingly, the average response from the survey concluded that both single people as well as people in relationships brought just three gifts a year. However, whilst this figure may have been the same, the cost of the gifts was very different, with single people spending an average of £70 a gift and people in relationships spending a huge £89 per gift! This is a huge leap of £57 more than single people pay every year!

Clothes.
It was quite interesting to see that actually, this was a category in which single people spent more of their pennies! This could be due to the fact they need to buy clothes to dress up for people, whereas people in relationships often fail to make the effort once committed! Whilst people in relationships spent an average of £83 a month on clothes, single people spent a total of £87. But to be fair, that could be the price of just one over-priced, Topshop coat...

Mobile Phone.
Quite a unique category, but studying the habits of each type of person on their mobile revealed that single people spent an average of £26 a month, whilst people in relationships spent an average of £30. Clearly when not in a relationship there is less communication going on...that, or single people just manage to hunt down better contracts!

Take Aways.
A wonderful alternative to the oh-so-expensive date. Single people spent an average of £39 a month on take aways, whilst people in relationships spent about £43. The numbers are pretty close, proving that eating with people is always an excellent activity whether it's with family, friends or a partner. Who doesn't have a common interest of food?

Holidays.
Everybody loves to get away- and couples love to spend an average of £330 a year on holidays. That's a HUGE £99 more than single people spend! But of course with two people rather than one, activities do become a little more pricey...unlucky all you romantic weekend breakers!

Looking at these statistics, it's amazing the monetary difference a relationship can make to your life- most of the time without you even realising! Funnily enough though, 61% of women believe they are better off financially in a relationship, whilst 51% of men believe they would be better off financially as bachelors (and they would be right!). Out of both genders mixed together, 45% of people believed they would be better off if they were single- so maybe people are not as clueless as to the cost of love as it has been believed!

Single people are choosing to stay smart, with 68% of them believing they are better off single- again, they would be right! But all this money talk only makes relationships seem negative and complete no-go areas. When in the right one, relationships can provide an individual with happiness, love, security and even a family. So if you're in a relationship and starting to panic, how can you make yours more cost effective?


  1. Cheaper dates. Do you always have to go to that restaurant, followed by a massive night out on the town? Try something more simple, like a picnic in the park, a bike ride, a trip to a museum. Take advantage of apps like 'Voucher Codes' which provide excellent offers for lots of 'date' attractions! 
  2. Budgeting. Does your partner really want that present, or does it just look flashy and expensive? Can you find it cheaper elsewhere? What about that dress, do you really need it? Maybe you could even try and sell old clothes on ebay, or Depop, before buying new ones. Don't forget about charity shops too- they have some great hidden treasures. Budgeting is important, and is something you both should aim to do to save a little bit of extra cash. 
  3. Spend time alone. Must you always be out and about doing things, splashing the cash? Don't forget the priceless luxury of sitting at home with a tub of ice cream, movies and cuddles on the sofa! Pretty much a free activity that you're both guaranteed to enjoy!        


Relationships are good fun- it's nice to have someone with whom you can share things with and have a good time with. But it doesn't always have to keep adding up! Never forget the value of just spending quality time with each other.

Love from, 
Florence Grace

Credit to researcher of statistics here.

In a relationship, or single? How do you find ways to save money in what you do? Leave a comment below or get in touch using the links in the sidebar!
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Power Rangers launch themselves into the world of fashion

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Some of you may remember the Power Rangers as colourful characters ninja-kicking their way around your television screens. Some of you may not remember them at all. But whether you do or don't remember them, you'll know about them now, as Year Zero London launches an iconic Power Rangers Lux collection!

Year Zero London, known for being an independent and free-spirited fashion brand, was launched eight years ago by the Mazzilli family, and their shop on Beak Street is one of London's best kept secrets (shh...!) yet is often frequented by mega stars like Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Lana Del Rey, Pharrell...just to name a few! Their latest collection is an iconic Power Rangers one, with the key elements of the collection being the shared values of the Power Rangers and YZL- being fun, being bold, being dynamic and above all else, being unique.

Rocky Mazzilli said "We feel blessed to indulge in our fantasy, and work with our favourite cult superheroes...We have had great fun bringing the spirit of these Power Ranger's to life". Including cheeky glow in the dark t-shirts, snapbacks, beanies and some truly wonderful pieces of conversation jewellery, the collection screams "rebels with free spirits, citizens of the world". Bright, bold and beautiful, the limited edition range is available right now, with prices ranging from £75-£365. For more information, visit the Mazzilli crew here.

Love from,
Florence Grace




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Night At The Museum: Secret of the Tomb- Regent Street's Christmas Light Switch On!

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Sunday the 16th of November saw the magical switch on of the Christmas lights along Regent Street. Hosted by a variety of Heart radio presenters, the night really kicked off the festive season in style, with live performances from boy band Union J and pop sensation Jessie J and the cast of Jersey Boys. To add the Christmas sparkle to the night, hit group Take That turned on the lights themselves. "Turning on the Christmas lights in London is like the starter gun for the main event" said the group, which now consists of Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald, "It's the official start to the party season".


Sensational pop band 'Take That' switching on Regent Street lights!


As well as the feeling of Christmas floating through the air, there was a sense of mystery, with statues of the characters from "Night At The Museum: Secret of the Tomb" coming to life along the street and interacting with shoppers, including Owen Wilson and the late Robin Williams' characters. In addition, shoppers could download the films app which allowed them to unlock exclusive film content, special offers and prizes!

Head of the Regent Street portfolio at The Crown Estate, David Shaw, said "The Regent Street light switch on always marks the beginning of Christmas with a stylish bang", whilst the Theatrical Marketing Director at Twentieth Century Fox, Chris Green, said "This really was our biggest ever Christmas light display on Regent Street to celebrate the release of "Night At The Museum: Secret of the Tomb"! Now that the streets are lit up, we will continue to help bring the street to life with the Night At The Museum app".

They couldn't have said it better! With huge artists and the combination of shopping with the release of the third film in the Night At The Museum trilogy, 2014's light switch on for Regent Street will certainly be one to remember!




"Night At The Museum: Secret of the Tomb" will be hitting cinema's near you on December the 19th. In the run up to the film's release, why not head down to Regent Street, download the app and join in with the fun?

Love from,
Florence Grace
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November Style Picks!

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As November has rolled in, so has the freezing cold weather. Temperature's are dropping and Christmas is just around the corner- which also means money is tight! I have tried to make this months picks as affordable as possible, as warm as possible and as cute as possible!

As an improvement on my recent style picks posts, I have now included direct links to the products to make purchases easier for you. I'm too nice, I know!



With Christmas creeping ever closer, everyone needs a quirky, cosy Christmas jumper to snuggle in to whilst watching films or out shopping! I loved Boohoo's 'Ava Christmas Tree Jumper', for just £15.00. The colours are festive and the Christmas design is subtle enough not to be called "tacky". Don't forget your student discount on this one!




Everyone knows from November onwards, Party Season begins! Truly the best time of the year! I adore the "Niami Velvet Skater Dress" in an icy silver from Boohoo- however, they have an entire range of dresses which are all fabulous at the moment! This particular dress has the right shimmery look for a party, and at £22.00 is quite a bargain (excluding the oh so important student discount!). 




This is perhaps my favourite style pick this month- and the most costly! The 'Darla Shaggy Faux Fur Coat' in nude is just so girly and pretty, and being made of faux fur makes it just as warm and snuggly too- perfect for any Christmas light switch on's you may be attending this year! At £45 from Boohoo, the price is a little steep but there is always the student discount, and for a coat of this style, it is really worth the investment!


Throughout winter, jeans are usually the safest (And warmest!) option, but I love this "Black Check Brushed Mini Skirt" from New Look. The material is nice and soft and you could team this with the white ankle boots below! At £19.99, excluding discount, this skirt is a bargain and a must have on my list this year! 



I'm not usually one for slogan/song lyric sweatshirts, but there was something about New Look's 'Grey I'm So Fancy Sweater' that I loved- I think it's the fancy framing around the text...or maybe just because I really like the song!! Either way, this is an absolute steal at £14.99 and is availbale in dark grey for those of you who prefer your outfits a little darker! 


This 'Pale Blue Necklace Trim Fluffy Jumper' is so adorable, how could you possibly resist? Not only that but you don't need to worry about accessorizing, as the jumper comes with a necklace for you!! The colours are perfect for the Winter colour pallet and being fluffy will keep anyone nice and cosy on those cold Winter days! How can you resist, at just £24.99?


These New Look "White Cut Out Chunky Chain Trim Ankle Boots" really caught my eye, because I'm so used to seeing just brown or black boots that these really stood out to me! They are so unique and I love the chain detail- they would go nicely with the black mini skirt, or even the velvet dress for a more casual party look! Best of all? They have recently been reduced to £26.00! Get buying girls!




Another cute jumper in this month's style picks! The "Knitted Jumper" from H&M features a My Little Pony logo- and anyone who knows me will know just how much I love My Little Pony! To top that off, the jumper is pink...so the perfect jumper for me! Or any other 'girly girl'. For £19.99, it's not too costly either! A must-have for me!


As much as I hate covering my hands, as it prevents me from using my phone, I can't help but crave these "Fake Fur Mittens" from H&M. They're so big and fluffy, you can tell they would definitely keep your hands warm! A little steep in price at £12.99 but for the warmth is it worth it? You decide!




Always wearing coats, I have never really seen the appeal of capes, but love this chic one from River Island- the print, the tassels, the fur collar, it all just pulls together really well, and would look great with some black jeans and the white new look boots above! A classy alternative to a jacket or coat, the "Black Tartan Faux Fur Trim Cape" comes in at £35.00.



River Island jewellery is always great, and I love this girly "Girls Gold Tone Heart Charm Necklace". It is perfect for brightening up any dull outfit, or for accessorizing any outfit for a night out! It's from the "cheaper" range at RI and is just £8.00! 



Handbags are my weakness, and I especially love River Island ones- however I don't usually like their price tags! Now, I have found an exception. The "Light Pink Mini Satchel" is not only gorgeous, but a complete bargain at just £20.00! The colour, the style...the price!! I love it all, and will definitely be investing!


With Winter on it's way, and the weather growing ever colder, I hope you find some of my style picks useful- or at least inspirational! If you buy anything from my list, or even a cheaper alternative, I'd love to know! Tag me on Instagram using @flomatthews_ or the hashtag #FGstylepicks, tweet me using @flomatthews_ or post to my facebook page here .  Or just leave a comment below! 

Love from, 
Florence Grace





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Dapper Laughs- or Dapper the Arse?

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"Just show her your penis. If she cries, she's just playing hard to get"

Shocked? How about this:

"Girls have periods. I call that 'blow job week'. What you need to do is get four girlfriends- then it's four weeks of blowies".

I'm sure your jaw has dropped- where have these horrific statements come from? Let me tell you. They have come from "comedian", "TV personality" and "model", Dapper Laughs.

Dapper Laughs is an alter ego for Clapham man Daniel O'Reilly. Finding fame in his six second Vines, Dapper Laughs has gone on to produce a novelty song that rose to number 15 in the UK charts, host his own stand-up tours and now has his own TV show- thanks to ITV2.

Dapper's TV show will be listed as a 'dating' show where he will tell 'lads' how to get some 'pussy' and some 'gash' in the style of harmless banter between friends, as he tries to educate males who lack Dapper's irresistible charm and large penis. Apparently. The show is intended to be fun and light hearted but anyone in their right mind, boy or girl, should be able to see that Dapper and his show are nothing but completely misogynistic and anti-feminist. The catchphrase of the show is "Dating is out. Pulling is in", a catchphrase that encourages people not to go looking for relationships or love but just to be in and out with a bang- if you get me. A more appropriate term might be teaching lads to "use and abuse". Just a thought.

The sort of behavior Dapper participates in is a type that should not be condoned, ever, least of all publicised. Whilst the majority of the world are trying to move forwards in terms of equality of the sexes, Dapper Laugh's is encouraging young males everywhere to drag it all back, ruining whatever progress is made.

He is the extreme epitome of the apparently fast growing 'lad culture' that exists currently in the UK. He encourages childish, damn right disgusting behavior towards females that could be quite easily confused with sexual harassment- you only have to watch him screaming "Hey darling, can I smell your fanny?" after an innocent female pedestrian to understand what I mean.


But hey, according to ITV2, this sort of behavior is acceptable- and should even be encouraged, by airing it live on TV for thousands of viewers to see. Why is it acceptable? Because "All humor is subjective" and "his unique brand of banter and brash charm is neither sexist nor degrading to women". Because seeing women as nothing but walking sex toys isn't degrading to us females at all, thank you for clearing that up ITV2. In fact, Dapper doesn't even care about his female sex toys being able to walk, as he sings "If she's looking at me and playing with her hair, by the end of the night she'll need a wheel chair". But no, that's just banter everyone!! Not degrading at all!

So, to the people who condoned Dapper's behavior and thought it a 'fun' idea to make it into a TV show, let me ask you this: how would you feel if Dapper treated your mother in this way? Your sister, your aunt, your girlfriend, your daughter? If he shouted what is actually not a bit of banter, but actually something quite sexually harassing towards your young, female child, would you laugh it off the way you laugh off Dapper's behavior? I am damn certain you wouldn't. I am pretty sure you would be disgusted at his vile behavior- the way us females, and even some males are.

Perhaps one of the scariest things about Dapper's rise to fame is not his disgusting behavior, but rather how quickly he has influenced so many other young males. I myself have already tweeted Dapper Laugh's with my own complaints regarding his behavior. Whilst he remained polite to me, it was his fans who started tweeting me about being 'uptight' and how I was 'moist for him' and should 'go back to sowing' (yes, a male did tell me to do a domestic chore in an attempt to be funny and sexist and then spelled it wrong). It is incredible for one person to have so much influence over so many people- so surely Dapper should use this influence in a more positive way?

It is because of his negative impact on today's society, and because of ITV2 condoning his behavior whilst brushing off people's concerns that I implore you to do at least one of the following:

You can sign up to the petition to get him off TV here

You can like this facebook page and share it to help raise awareness of the issue

You can write to Ofcom, the TV regulator's here

And you can find his Twitter here and tweet him your views

If you don't feel you have a reason to do any of the above, think again. If you're a girl, understand how important this is for you and your current position in society. If you're a boy, think about all the girls you know and care about- how would you feel if they were harassed by Dapper, or someone who tried to emulate his behavior? Please, use your brains. Understand just how wrong his behavior is. Bring an end to Dapper Laugh's and his appalling ways.

Love from,
Florence Grace

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The Blogger's Recognition Award.

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So I am currently feeling very blessed...I have just been nominated for my third bloggers award, in just over three months! This award is the 'Blogger's Recognition Award' and I was nominated by the lovely Sami. The award itself is pretty self explanatory, and helps bloggers to share their pages with a wider audience and to gain recognition (see...!).

So, as usual there is a set of things to complete for the award. This particular award includes:

  • Thanking the person who nominated me and providing a link to the original post which I have done here.
  • Write a post showing off the award. Give a brief story as to how this blog started and my advice for other up and coming bloggers.
  • Select 15 other new blogs to give this award to.
  • Comment on each blog to let them know I have nominated them. (I will not be doing this step- instead, I will tweet individual bloggers to notify them!)
So, how did Love From Florence Grace come to be?

Since I was very, very young I have always loved writing- originally, stories. As I got older, I knew I wanted to be in the media somehow- be it for writing, music or photography I wasn't sure, but I knew that the world of media was the one for me. As I started my GCSE's I decided to go more towards the arty-photography route but once it came to picking universities I knew that this wasn't something I was happy to spend the rest of my life doing. Whilst I am passionate about photography, and it is something I will always love doing and experimenting with, it is not something I would want to do full time. I knew my ultimate dream was music and journalism, maybe together- ideally in radio. BBC 1 being the main ambition, if a little bit of an unreal one, I settled on a multimedia journalism course- this covered a little bit of all the things I loved! A perfect compromise.

I then attended a media day in the summer just gone to host my own radio show, which was the best experience ever and only enforced more that this was what I wanted to do full time. After hosting the show, I attended a seminar with celebrities such as Eve-Yasmin  and it was her who suggested the perfect way into any media role was via blogging. So I got home, on July 31st 2014, sat down and I created "Love from Florence Grace". The blog took off faster than I can ever imagine, and I found my original love and passion for words came flowing back to me as naturally as anything. Suddenly I realised, writing was something I was really good at, as well as being something I really loved. From day one, my blog views went up and up, and doors opened to me, opportunities coming at me left right and centre. I can never thank Eve enough for her continual inspiration and encouragement, and for helping me to kick start my career. It was her who helped me to create LFFG and she who got me to where me and my blog are now. 

So what are my tips for you?

  1. Promote yourself. Don't be embarrassed to show the world what you can do, and don't be worried about shoving your blog everywhere and anywhere. Use any form of social media to post links to your blog whenever you are online. No one will find you if you hide away! 
  2. Be sociable. Mixing with other bloggers has really helped me, and you'll find the blogging community to be a very friendly and helpful one. Most of us are in the same boat and are willing to help each other out to get to where we want to be. 
  3. Believe in yourself. I was scared to write my first post, not sure how it would be received. But I overcame my fears, and my confidence in myself and my work has only grown since then. 

So who do I nominate?

Luckily, I've found a lot more blogs since my first award nomination and can therefore choose a lot more than before! For this award I choose...

Hollie from Hollie's Lifestyle, Fashion and Fantasy Football Blog.
Katy from The Lilac Scrapbook.
Rosy from Ro's Tinted.
Summer from Life As Summer.
Apryl from AprylMayJune.
Dayna from Etc Dayna.
Zoe from Zoe's Secret Style.
Justine from Justine Pendrill.
Lauryn from Lauryn's Notebook.
Olivia from Olivia Makes Up Style.
Emily from A Little Bit Of Life.
Miss Anonymous due to work reasons from La Vie Cece.
Nadia from Le Chic by Nadia.
Dylan from Je m'appelle Dylan.
Emma from Emma Louise.

Congratulations to all the bloggers who made it to my short list...know that I read all your blogs as and when a new post arrives!! And thank you once again to Sami for nominating me!! 

Love from, 
Florence Grace

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Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. London: A Review.

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Saturday the 1st of November was my 19th birthday! Being an obsessive fan of Tom Hanks, and with my all time favourite movie being 'Forrest Gump', I was more than thrilled when I found out there was a Forrest Gump themed restaurant opening in London exactly one month prior to my birthday. Of course, I begged my boyfriend to take me there as a birthday treat, and thankfully he said yes!

I had a truly wonderful time, and thought I would share my experience of such a unique restaurant with you!

Location.
The Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. is located in the centre of the busy and bustling Leicester Square! Whilst there is plenty of eateries in this location, BGSCo. has a complete USP- the fact that it is based around one film! It is easy to find, simply walk in a straight line from Piccadilly Tube Station for about 3-5 minutes!



Booking.
Unfortunately, you are unable to book a table to the restaurant and customers are currently served on a first come first served basis. This can be a pain in the neck, especially at peak times such as 5-8pm on a Saturday night, but the restaurant has an excellent system. Queuing takes little time at all, and when you reach the attendant on the door, they take your name and tell you how long the wait will be. You can then either leave the restaurant and explore the local attractions of Leicester Square or wait in the conveniently placed 'market' (and end up spending a small fortune...!) until your name is called!


Waiting Time.
The waiting time we were predicted upon arrival was 50 minutes- this did shock us a little, as the restaurant claims to seat 400 people, but as I was desperate to eat here we were more than happy to wait. Luckily, we only ended up waiting about 35- most of which was spent looking at a menu whilst we tried to pick what to eat, and appreciating the decor of the waiting area!! 


Decor.
I loved the interior of the restaurant- it was perfect! (Especially for a Forrest Gump fan such as myself!). There was Forrest's boat 'Jenny' in the ceiling of the market place, whilst quotes and photos from the film teamed with makeshift signs labeling landmarks from Forrest Gump covered the walls. On top of this, the whole of the interior is made from wood, giving the place a really rustic feel. The tables are also printed with quotes from the film. TV's are placed in the eating area, two of which play the Forrest Gump film and two of which play other television- on the night I attended, it was the NFL games! 





The meal.
I was completely satisfied with the meal and service at the restaurant during my visit. The waitress who served us was more than helpful, offering us her personal favourites and recommendations and even giving me a Forrest Gump quiz once she found out how much of a fan I was! The serving system is also clever, devised of two metal license plate signs on your table that call a waiter/waitress over straight away!





The condiments on the table are served in a retro metal bucket, very 'American' and the drinks menus are displayed on a ping pong paddle- another wonderful reference back to the film! (And also great fun to play with...!)

The menu was far from sparse, and it was very difficult to pick anything, because it all sounded so appealing! Of course, it is pretty much an absolute must that you like shrimp if you wish to eat at this restaurant. Whilst there are dishes that do not include shrimp, it is the main basis of most of the meals! I settled for the 'Forrest Sea Food Feast' (an acclaimed 'Forrest Favourite'!), with Calamari and peppers as a starter.

 The Forrest Sea Food Feast consisted of 3 different kinds of fish covered in breadcrumbs and a generous portion of fries, accompanied with three dips and some coleslaw. I was completely satisfied with the standard of food, the rate at which it came out and the generous portion sizes. The presentation was also great- each type of fish was served in cones made of 'newspaper' with headlines relating to the film on! Very cute I thought! My only complaint with the meal was that over half of each cone was filled with shredded cabbage- I found this to be unneccessary, as it is highly unlikely anyone would eat that much cabbage in one sitting! Besides this, I had no complaint with the meal- in fact, both me and my boyfriend were left so full we couldn't even order dessert! 

I was also satisfied with the drink I chose, a cherry and lemon crushed ice sort of beverage! Although the asking price of £7 seemed a little steep, it was understandable when it came served in a light up cup that you could take home with you!!!





The Market.
To conclude our visit, we spent some time in the market so I could try and decide what to buy as a souvenir! There was literally hundreds of pieces of memorabilia to pick from, it was even harder than trying to pick from the menu. Shrimp magnet toys, t-shirts, hoodies, caps, ping pon bats, glasses, stationary, sweets, trivia cards- even a baby range of toys and clothes! And of course all emblazoned with some quote or image from the film. All of it was (surprisingly!) reasonably priced, and I ended up coming away with a t-shirt, soft toy shrimp magnet and a licence plate, for just £30. All of this came in an adorable brown paper bag, so I was more than satisfied!


In conclusion, I was overly satisfied with my time at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. restaurant, from the build up where the Twitter account recommended the best time to come as well as wishing me a happy birthday twice, to the actual time spent there, and to after the trip where I tweeted about my satisfaction with the restaurant and was thanked and wished another happy birthday. Although the meal was quite pricey, it is definitely a worthwhile experience for any Tom Hanks or Forrest Gump fan. I have never been to a restaurant quite like it, and have a feeling film themed restaurants will fast become popular! My only disappointment was that my hero, Tom Hanks, wasn't there! This is probably the closest I will ever get...*sigh* 



Love from,
Florence Grace

Been to Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.? Let me know what you thought! 

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