Showing posts from May, 2015

Tacky, tasteless and unromantic...I'm talking celebrity wedding's of course!

I promised my readers a nice, ranty blog post today, so a ranty blog post you shall get- today's topic is on celebrity weddings.

In today's society, we all have celebrities that we love, admire, obsess over and what not. We follow them on all social media platforms that we can, read about their lives in magazines, watch their lives played out on TV and get involved with them on a daily basis in any way that we can.

I myself am guilty of this. I adore Tom Hanks, and will be the first to like his Instagram posts, retweet his tweets and will cry incessantly over any appearance in film/tv. I love him the way I would love an uncle, or grandad- and wish he was one of those to me!

However, one thing that I can not abide is celebrity weddings. Weddings are beautiful, momentous occasions, where two people who love each other are united together for all of eternity. To me, moments such as weddings are incredibly personal, and should be shared with the people who matter most- family and …

Fitness with Florence Grace #8

Since this week has a bank holiday, I have been all out of sync, and I totally forgot about doing a fitness post on Monday! So here it is now, better late than never.

I have been under my calories every single day, which is good in one respect, but as I only limit myself to 1200 calories a day, this isn't particularly healthy.

On Thursday, I actually had minor surgery on my toes, which have been causing me grief for seven months, more so in the last two months, and this surgery meant that I have been able to move a bit more, so I have managed to do Tae Bo once, and I'm hoping to build this up over the next week and beyond.

So let's look at my statistics this week...

Start Weight: 11st 4lbs

Waist Measurement: 33 inches

Goal Weight: 10 stone

How much I want to lose a week: 2 lbs

And here is where I am now...

Current Weight: 11 st 2 lbs

Current Waist Measurement: 30 inches.

Weight left to lose: 1 stone 2 lbs 

As per usual, my weight has not gone down but my tummy measurement has been …

You Give, We Give- The One Smile Toothbrush will change lives.

Take a moment to reflect on things you do and use every single day without even thinking about it, let alone being thankful that you're able to do them/use them. Eating hot food, for example. Having clean running water. Being able to watch TV. All things that we take for granted every single day.

One thing that we really take for granted is the ability to brush our teeth. It seems like something that everybody does, twice a day, every day. Everyone owns a plastic toothbrush and a tube of toothpaste, and when they're finished with, they get replaced- right?


In less developed countries, owning a toothbrush is far more of a luxury than it is a necessity. Very few people own a toothbrush, toothpaste or are able to brush their teeth. All of this leads to poor dental hygiene which can develop into more serious issues.

But this can turn itself around- and you can get involved with it!

A new crowdfunder project, One Smile, was started at the beginning of May with the ambition o…

Father's Day inspiration with Baker Days!*

Father's Day is coming around once again. On Sunday 21st June, people all over the UK will be celebrating and appreciating their dad's for all that they have done. But what sort of a gift can you give someone who has done infinite amounts for you, when you can just about afford some socks and a broken chocolate bar?

Baker Days have a great option for Father's Day, at incredibly affordable prices! As my own dad is away on Father's Day, I ordered him a gift from Baker Days a little early, after the company offered to send me a product from their range to review! Looking through the Baker Days website, I stumbled across the adorable "Letterbox Cakes". The idea is as basic as it sounds- a cake small enough to fit through your letterbox! There are several designs to choose from, as well as customised options, so you can make these cakes a really personal gift! As my dad likes football, I chose a football themed design.

I only had to wait 3 days for my cake to get …

Fitness with Florence Grace #7

This week has been slightly better than last week's dud week; I have eaten less and moved more! I even went out in a CROP TOP which is a massive, massive step for me, so I was very proud of myself! 

Due to my feet, I've still not been able to do any major work outs, but have been doing my russian twists and crunches, reverse crunches and squats and press ups too. I reduced my tummy size in inches, and remembering that I was 36 inches around the tummy before I started doing this strictly, then started this at 33 inches, to now be 31.5 inches is a huge achievement for me! 

I have walked a lot this week, around my local town, to and from places, around a vintage car rally and went on a  bike ride. I had one unhealthy meal whilst I was celebrating an achievement with my boyfriend, but besides that, I have been under my calorie intake almost every single day. 

So let's look at my statistics this week...

Start Weight: 11st 4lbs

Waist Measurement: 33 inches

Goal Weight: 10 stone

How muc…

Advertising with Love from, Florence Grace

Since I started blogging, I have seen bloggers charge for advertising space on their blogs, and I have seen how beneficial it has been to other bloggers and businesses, whether that's boosting their followers or increasing traffic to their blog/website and raising brand awareness- I've even had an advert on someone else's blog myself, and have reaped the benefits because of it.

I have decided to start offering advertising on my own blog, to help out all of those who have helped me, supported me or maybe just want some extra publicity via my own social media platforms. Whether you're a blogger, a business, running an event or maybe something entirely different, I'd love to help you out!

Here is what I can offer you for one month (30 days from an agreed start date).:

A promotional tweet every day for a month (this is a tweet written by me with a link to your blog/website/event and your twitter account).A retweet on any of your own tweets with links to your blog posts/…

Yes, I like Katie Hopkins- get over it!

Since I first confirmed that yes, I was a supporter of the infamous, ex apprentice contestant and mouthy columnist, Katie Hopkins, I have been faced with the same questions almost daily asking me to explain my reasons and to justify my choice.

"Have you even seen xyz comment that she made?" "Did you see her insult so and so?"  "Did you see her opinion on xyz?" "Are you insane?"
No, I am not insane, and yes, as a keen social media user, I do follow her on twitter and see all of the comments that she makes. It has now reached the point where I have turned to my beloved blog in order to justify the reasoning behind my choice of being "pro- Katie", so that the next time somebody questions me and my decision, rather than type out the same old argument, I can simply send them this link. 
I'm not trying to alter anybody else's opinion, or justify Katie's insults, or insult anybody myself. I am simply explaining why it is that I li…

The big 100!!!

So, 10 months into blogging I have reached my 100th post! Insane, right? Anyway, I wanted to make my 100th post a special one, as it's quite a big deal, and the wonderful Justine, of Girl Gone Dreamer suggested I do some sort of list of 100 things relating to a certain topic. I thought this was a fabulous idea, and so had settled on "100 things that I have learnt whilst blogging!". However, I got to 50 and began to struggle. So this is "50 things I have learnt whilst blogging and 50 bloggers you must follow!" It's going to be a lengthy post but I hope you all enjoy it!

1) You make some AMAZING friends. Truly the best part about blogging has been all of the people I have met!

2) You can blog about literally anything- not just beauty and fashion. I've met bloggers of some really unique topics.

3) You'll learn a lot about a variety of topics, from mental health to feminism, to politics. It's all going down in the world of blogging.

4) You will enga…

Fitness with Florence Grace #6

This week has been slightly better than the last, although still not spectacular. My feet problems have deteriorated massively, making walking hard enough as it is, let alone working out properly. Tae Bo has been a massive no-no for me. However my fitness crazy mum has shown me some fab workouts to tone my tummy that don't involve using my feet, so I have been able to work out a little.

My calories have all been controlled this week and there was only one day where they were really, really bad, and that was when I went out for a meal with friends at a Whetherspoons restaurant, where the high amount of calories is kindly written on the menu for you!

So let's look at my statistics this week...

Start Weight: 11st 4lbs

Waist Measurement: 33 inches

Goal Weight: 10 stone

How much I want to lose a week: 2 lbs

And here is where I am now...

Current Weight: 11 st 4 lbs

Current Waist Measurement: 31.7 inches.

Weight left to lose: 1 stone 4 lbs 

I'm very happy that despite my lack of working ou…

10 things you'll only understand if you work in a charity shop

I have worked in a charity shop for almost two years now. Initially, I thought it was going to be a very dull job. How wrong was I!!! From the people you meet to the things that get donated, let me tell you all about working in a charity shop...

1) You will meet such an interesting variety of people.
From the diverse range of volunteers, including people who are elderly with free time to those who are just 14/15/16 and working for their D of E award, to the huge range of customers you see every day- everyone has their own story and you hear some crazy things. It's a very unique experience compared to other retail jobs I have had!

2) The things people donate will never fail to surprise you.
From Louis Vuitton bags (new with tags!) to used sanitary items and even sex toys, no day in a charity shop is the man's trash is another man's treasure after all!

3) People will want refunds...even though the money they spend/spent goes to charity. You know, helping people.

Fitness with Florence Grace #5

Sigh. Another dud week for me unfortunately! Not that I'm making excuses for myself, but my foot problems have got progressively worse over the last two weeks and it makes every day living hard enough, let alone working out, so Tae Bo was only done once! However I did use my Slender Tone belt 4 times...and then the batteries died! 

Food this week has been average- not particularly healthy, not particularly unhealthy either, and I have still done lots of walking (trying to push through my foot pain!)

So let's look at my statistics...

Start Weight: 11st 4lbs

Waist Measurement: 33 inches

Goal Weight: 10 stone

How much I want to lose a week: 2 lbs

And here is where I am now...

Current Weight: 11 st 4 lbs

Current Waist Measurement: 32.0 inches.

Weight left to lose: 1 stone 4 lbs 

Yes, sadly I put 1lb back on...however, I neither lost nor gained anything on my tummy measurement wise, so I'm not too down about it- I know it's mostly my own fault and that weight can and will fluctuate a…

Are you beach body ready? Give me a break...

You must have been living under a rock if you haven't noticed the latest scandal in the world of media, advertising and body shaming...Protein Worlds "Are you beach body ready?" posters, plastered here, there and everywhere. I'm sure you've seen them, great, ugly, bright yellow eye sores plastered all over the place.

Women (and I'm sure some men, although I myself haven't seen any) all over the country have been kicking off. Understandably, right? This poster strongly implies that being "beach body ready" involves looking like the model in the poster. Not only is she likely to have been severely photo shopped, how many women naturally look like that? With the average clothing size in Britain being a 14, I doubt many do. 
I have no problem with the woman in the advert- if I was to be on a beach in a skimpy bikini, I know that is how I would like to look. However, I am sensible enough to know with my build, my curvaceous figure and my eating habit…