Good friends.

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It's so important to have good friends. In fact, when it comes to friendship, it really is quality over quantity. I don't have a massive number of friends, but all of my friends are people I trust 100% and would do anything for- I love them all to pieces! I'm lucky enough to have close friends that I see every day, some I see less than that, and some I rarely see at all. I have friends from college, friends at work and other people I'm just friend's with! 

What I value most about my friendships is that time doesn't affect them at all. It doesn't matter how little or how often we see each other, when we're together it seems like no time has passed at all. Today I saw my gang of best friends (you know them all, I've featured them several times on the blog before!) for the first time in two months! This is the longest we have ever gone without seeing each other! And yet, when we were together, it was like I'd only seen them last week. 

Similarly, I have some friends who I only catch up with on a monthly basis, if that, and yet when we do, it's like we haven't missed out on any time together at all. 

And then there's the friends who I am lucky enough to see every week, if not more, and yet somehow absolutely never get sick of. We always have things to chat about, things to do together and have a right laugh. 

It's always quality over quantity when it comes to friendships. However, this doesn't just mean the number of friends you have, but also the time you spend with them too. Sometimes, seeing each other once a month for a whole day having the time of your lives is better than seeing each other every day and doing not very much. Know what I mean?

Make sure you value every second with your friends. No matter what, true friends are always there for you and that should never be taken advantage of. 

Love from,
Florence Grace


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What is bad parenting?

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If you've been watching the news, or reading articles online, chances are you will have heard about Harambe, a 180kg male gorilla who was shot dead within his enclosure after a four year old boy somehow fell into his enclosure. Harambe 'played' with the young boy for around ten minutes before his keepers chose to shoot him- from the video footage I've seen, he simply holds the boy up in the water and moves him around a little, he's not violent in any way, shape or form...but there we go. 

Thankfully, the boy walked away injury free (despite falling all the way down into the enclosure...) and his parents have released a statement saying how grateful they are that the right people were in the right place at the right time. Most of the world is screaming in anguish at the unnecessary death of Harambe, and as sad as that is, it's not the point. 

The point is the developments that have come about as a result of this incident, shared with the public today: the parents of the child could be prosecuted and face criminal charges- I repeat criminal charges- for bad parenting, essentially. 

Criminal charges because their little boy fell into an enclosure at the zoo. 

Can we just pause for a second? Can we look at, oh, I don't know, Kate and Gerry McCann?!?!?!? No one has charged them for not only 'allowing' their daughter to be taken after leaving her alone at night time in a foreign country, but no one has charged them for leaving two babies alone in a foreign country either! This was a conscious decision made by the parents and is without a doubt an example of poor parenting. However, a child falling into a zoo enclosure as a parent turns their back for a few seconds, that's a mistake. And it's not one worthy of a criminal charge. 

All parents take their eyes off of their kids for a few seconds- to answer the phone, get something from their bag, tie up a shoe, so many other small and unimportant things. It happens all day, every day and sometimes, as a result of this, accidents happen. A child is hurt, gets lost in a shop, falls into an animal enclosure. It happens. 

Whilst the parent probably should have been holding the child's hand, what's important here is that she is not a bad parent. She didn't hurt her child, she didn't put her child in danger, she wasn't acting in an irresponsible way (that we have been told of anyway!). She simply stopped focusing for a few seconds...probably to look at the gorilla, ironically. 

For this child's parents to face criminal charges, and for the McCann's not to seems absolutely outrageous to me- not to mention ridiculous, stupid, moronic and a whole host of other negative adjectives.

A sad incident has happened. A gorilla unneccessarily lost it's life. But a child walked away unharmed and that is not worthy of a criminal record and possibly losing their child due to "bad parenting". 

What do you think?

Love from,
Florence Grace

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Being a brat.

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This morning I was scrolling through my Twitter feed and once again came across several tweets posted from accounts like "Typical White Girl" and all the rest about being...well. Being brats. 

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It seems the latest ongoing trend throughout 2016 has been for girls to act like brats and expect to be perceived as cute for doing so. I find this idea completely and utterly bizarre! What is 'cute' about being a brat? Stamping your foot because you don't get your own way, throwing tantrums, behaving like nothing more than a toddler screaming in a supermarket because mummy won't buy you a chocolate bar! Why would any girl want to be perceived in this way- and why do they think anyone will believe that they're cute because of it!?

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Of course, I'm not here to dictate how you should behave to attract a boy or whilst in a relationship- if you want to be a brat then you do you, sure! However I just can't get my head around such a bizarre idea. What girls are essentially asking for is to be allowed to be rude and nasty and still be treated like a princess in return. To me, that's not okay. You should both be nice to each other in any kind of relationship, be it friendly or romantic. One person shouldn't constantly be acting up whilst the other is left to continue adoring them regardless. 

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There's nothing cute about acting rude and selfish, not in my humble opinion anyway! And let me tell you, any guy that I was dating who acted like a brat would not continue to get special treatment from me- not at all! So I think for the remainder of this year, we should work on eradicating this now popular idea that acting like a brat is okay and cute. It's a weird idea that people need to forget about!

Love from,
Florence Grace
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It's the small things...

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Do you ever just have a really good day for absolutely no reason? It's just that lots of little, small things add up to make for a totally fabulous day?

Well, I had one of those days today! 

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I didn't do anything wild or remotely worthwhile, not really. I woke up earlier than I would have liked, reminiscing on the night out before, went to work for 6 hours and then went out for dinner with my girlfriends. Lovely, but nothing totally out of the ordinary. However, several small things happened today that really made me smile:

  • I managed to straighten my hair and have it stay straight all day.
  • My boss changed my 5 and a half hour shift to a 6 hour shift so I could have a break, as I hate shifts without  breaks as they tend to go a lot slower.
  • I was complimented on my outfit by a customer that I served. 
  • I saw an old friend from school who told me I "looked great". 
  • Everyone began to receive their copies of Love from... magazine and has said very lovely things and taken some excellent photos! 
  • Someone tweeted me to tell me I made her day when she received her copy of the magazine.
  • Best of all, a total stranger came into Topshop, recognised my face and asked if I wrote a blog, as she recently discovered me through Instagram (if you're reading this now, hello!). This was definitely the cherry on top of my day, it was so lovely to be complimented on my blog by someone who wasn't obliged to compliment my work (because obviously all of my friends are hehe). 

All of these little things, small, almost insignificant things all built up throughout the day and made it a truly lovely one. I have been left this evening feeling quite happy with life, and almost perfectly content. Whilst it's lovely for big, eventful things to happen to you and bring you happiness, we must not forget to appreciate the smaller things in life that also bring us just as much happiness, if not more! 

Have you had a good day today? Let me know one thing that's put a smile on your face in the comments below!

Love from,
Florence Grace

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FELINE FRIDAYS #2: On Heat?

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It's Friday and that means its the next instalment of my newest series, FELINE FRIDAYS. 

Today, I'm reaching out to my fellow cat lovers with a problem I have with my kittens. They are just under one year old now, in fact, they're exactly eleven months old tomorrow, and recently they've been acting a bit...well, strange. Especially Doris! 



They've stopped eating properly. Whilst they will still eat, we will sometimes put a bowl of food down for breakfast and by 10pm its still there, untouched! They have begun wriggling around on their bellies, head butting bags and shoes (and only bags and shoes, bizarre right?) and yowling over and over, sometimes very loudly- and they were not very chatty cats before!

The only conclusion we were able to reach is that they must be 'on heat'. But is this possible before they're even one yet? It seems to be the answer, as it lasts for a few days, disappears and then comes back again, and apparently this will be the case up until Autumn, unless we get them spayed sooner. 



If this behaviour is not because of them being on heat, do you know why it is that they're acting this way? We are particularly worried about Doris, who has gotten very skinny compared to Elsie, and just won't eat as much as we think she should be eating! 

Do your cats have any of these behaviours? Do you know what could be bothering our little fur babies? Let me know in the comments below! 

Love from,
Florence Grace (and Doris and Elsie)

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Is there life after death?

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Is there life after death? It's a question I'm sure almost everybody has asked. We all want to know if there's something more than this, because we struggle to face the idea that once we die, that's it, game over. Finished. We want to believe the stories, the movies, that we will haunt our loved ones, get up to tricks as an unsettled spirit, live on as an angel watching over people. You get the gist.

I have always sat on the fence with this one. 

I have experienced 'ghostly' activities, things moving around, being flung across my room before my very eyes and so on. Thankfully this was at a previous house and once we moved, they stopped! However, in spite of this, I have still never been sure. 

I often watch ghost documentaries with my sisters and my dad that discuss people's 'real life' paranormal encounters and am always left wondering if there could be any truth to their stories.

And then there's the book I discussed a few weeks ago, "Goodbye, Dearest Holly". The father of one of the murdered girls, Holly, met with a medium to find out about the death of his daughter, and the medium knew everything. Along with several other mediums, about where the daughter was killed, where she'd be found, who killed her and so on, all long before these answers were provided by the police. 

Instances like this do make me stop and think- is there really something after this life? Do we really continue living as something else? A ghost, spirit, something else through reincarnation?

It makes my brain hurt to even think about it. Because say we do turn into ghosts- what then? Are we a ghost until the end of time? Do we ever just cease to exist? Of course it would be nice to feel as though we could live forever, perhaps be reunited with loved ones who have passed away...but is this what we would really want? All good things must come to an end and I suppose that must include life too.

Wow. This is very deep for a Thursday night!

Reading "Goodbye, Dearest Holly" really made me believe in life after death, in some form or another, but I guess I will never be 100% sure on the matter because there's no way we can truly ever know...is there?

Love from,
Florence Grace

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6 months in...

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As we approach the 1st of June with a scarily rapid speed, I can't help but feel a little freaked out that we are pretty much half way through the year. It's seven months today until Christmas, and seven months and 7 days until 2017. How bloody scary is that?! I genuinely do not understand where the time is going this year, it just seems to be disappearing more and more quickly. Anyway, I wanted to take some time to reflect on the kind of year 2016 has been for me so far.

Well. It's definitely been different! 

Of course, I expected that this year I'd be getting up to more exciting things with my boyfriend, but at the stroke of 12 on New Years Eve, I entered 2016 single- quite literally feeling like it was a new year with a new me. I didn't think I would be able to cope, I didn't see how my life would be able to go on after such a harsh and sudden adjustment after nearly five and half years of a set routine. But something magical happened. 

I was fine. 

I dreaded what 2016 had to hold now that I felt totally alone. But I shouldn't have because so far, 2016 has given me nothing but blessings. I have gotten closer to my old friends, spending more time with them now that I have more time to give. I've spent more time with my family, in particular my youngest sister, which has been lovely. And I've also made some incredible new friends, who dragged me out of my dark place into a much brighter one and have helped me to see the sunny side of life again. 

I've had fun chatting with boys, meeting boys on night's out, but I've still remained single. It strikes me that, right now, it's what I need. From the age of 14 I was in a relationship and missed the whole "teenage self discovery" that most people go through. So now, at the age of 20, I feel like I'm going through that- growing as a person, gaining confidence, becoming more independent. Better late than never hey?

I've been looking at doing things I never would have considered before, such as studying internships in Paris, working with dolphins in Greece, travelling the world for a few months. I've become more spontaneous, more willing to go on totally random adventures, more willing to explore new things. 

I've also had the time to focus more than ever on my career. I've made some big moves with my magazine- setting up a website for it being one of them!- and I've been blogging every day to develop at that, purchasing a template to make it look more professional and working more than ever before on the content that I produce. I've worked with Channel 4 and I've been looking into attending college again in September to become a qualified radio presenter with a 100% chance of employment at the end of the course. 

On top of this, I've lost weight, I've started to wear more make up, I've gotten my first set of eyelash extensions, I buy more expensive treats for myself...basically, I love myself more, and I'm treating myself more because of it. 

I feel better, healthier and above all, happier. I dreaded the idea of 2016 and worried so much on New Year's Day about what the next 366 days would hold for me. I needn't have wasted any time doing that, because my year has turned out just fine. That's not to say there haven't been up's and down's, because they have, but thankfully there's been nothing to drastic and I feel very lucky. Here's hoping the next half of the year treats me just as well, if not better!

Have you had a good year so far? Let me know in the comments below!

Love from,
Florence Grace


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Let's talk about boobs.

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Just as the title suggests, let's talk about boobs. Because to be honest, I've had enough. 

I mean, it's annoyed me before, but it wasn't until last night when I saw a certain post that I had to "go off on one" shall we say. That's right, I ranted about boobs, on Twitter, for all of the world to see. This was the post that triggered it:



Now of course it wasn't Halle Berry's response that made me angry, because she was amazing! It was the person tweeting her! Not only did they get Halle's name wrong but their comment is just ludicrous- and also suggests they have never seen a pair of boobs before! Here's some fun facts about boobs...

  1. Everyone's boobs are different. Different shapes, weights, sizes. No one has the same pair of boobs. 
  2. The vast majority of people have one boob larger than the other- usually this is the left boob. No one's boobs are symmetrical because guess what? The human body isn't symmetrical. 
  3. Not all boobs are pert and perky. The larger and heavier a persons breasts are, the lower they can sit than smaller boobs, thanks to a little thing called gravity. (However this isn't always the case, of course!) This is why we wear bra's- to push them up and make them look how society has told us our boobs are supposed to look. 
  4. Not everyone wears a bra to support their boobs and this can cause them to look "saggy" or "lopsided" or "uneven" or "wonky". This is okay, by the way.
  5. You don't have to comment on anyone's boobs but you're own. So if you have nothing nice to say about someone's boobs, it's probably best you don't say anything at all. 


I can't believe that it's 2016 and people- especially those of the male variety- seem to believe women's boobs are rock solid lumps that stay perky and don't move around no matter what. Spoiler alert- boobs move when we walk, when we run, when we roll from our back to our side in bed. They move, and because of this, they don't always look like Katie Price's. Okay? 

Can we seriously just stop victimising people for their bodies? Like, why do people actually care so much about what someone else looks like? Focus on your own body, your own health and your own happiness- and leave other people alone! It's really not a difficult concept at all. 

Love from,
Florence Grace




*DISCLAIMER. Everyone's boobs are different (hence the point of this post), and you may find that your boobs don't fit the "criteria" I have mentioned. Everyone's boobs are different and that is OKAY!*
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Getting eyelash extensions!

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Today I did something very exciting...I got my first set of eyelash extensions! It's really bizarre because I had been contemplating getting them and then all of a sudden my best pal Abby was like "hey, I've done a course in eyelash extensions and need some people to practice on for free, you up for it?"- so of course I was like yes

I was a little nervous as I've heard mixed reviews about eyelash extensions. Some people said that they were great, some people said they ended up damaging the natural lashes- overall though, it was obvious that it just depended on where you got the lashes done and whether you looked after them correctly. 

I was also nervous because Abby had told me it would take two hours to do and that most people end up falling asleep- something I definitely didn't want to do! What would I do without my phone for two hours? What if I needed a wee? What if my eyelids got glued together?

Of course, I had no need to worry. Abby was very professional, we had music playing and conversation flowing and so I didn't fall asleep, my eyelids did not get glued together and I didn't need a wee- it was all fine! 

I wish I had taken a "before" photo, but here's an old selfie so you get the idea of what my lashes looked like before the extensions:




And here is what my eyelashes looked like after Abby had worked her magic: 



Don't they look so lovely? I didn't want them to look overly dramatic, just a little bit more than natural and normal- if I remember rightly, these are 11mm in a "glamorous" look, but Abby might correct me on that. I literally love having lashes that stand out, look nice and long and have a permanently curled look too! 

The after care is a lot more simple than I thought- don't get them wet for 24-48 hours, don't use waterproof make up (like mascara) and don't touch them or brush them excessively. Simple, right?

I love how my eyelashes look and will definitely be getting them replaced over and over once they've fallen off! Then I can have fabulous lashes all the time, which is what every girl wants right?

Have you ever had eyelash extensions, or have I tempted you to get some now? Let me know in the comments below!

Love from,
Florence Grace

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A rant about boys...

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Guys, I have 10 minutes to spare- I totally forgot about todays blog post! Here's a quickie for ya...

My life has been a bit like Made in Chelsea at the moment- boy drama, girl drama, more boy drama and...yep, more boy drama!

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I don't understand why boys feel they can play girls off against each other? Especially girls who are, oh, I don't know, best friends?! It's crazy, do they think we won't communicate with each other about who we're talking to? They surely can't be that dumb?! Of course, I'm sure the same can be said about the behaviour of some girls too, but as I'm only interested in men I only have one perspective!

Let's also discuss the C Bomb shall we...

Nope, not the one you're thinking of.

"Chill".

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Nothing gets my girl Xenia riled like a boy dropping the C Bomb on her, and I know I feel the same. If I'm angry about something, it's because you've done something worth being angry over. Boy, don't tell me to "chill" when you're being rude, nasty or playing me off against someone else! I am not going to chill, and you telling me to is actually going to make things worse, not better.

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Sigh. All of this drama and we still find ourselves pining over the male species. What is wrong with us girls hey? We should just stick together, buy some cats, eat some ice cream and watch Bridget Jones. We would probably all be a lot happier! What do you think?

Love from,
Florence Grace
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How to get blogging inspiration!

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Hey, it happens to the best of us. You're on a blogging roll and then out of nowhere, poof. All inspiration and post ideas, gone! It's more than a little frustrating and can really hold you back from writing. Here's some tips to help you get that motivation and inspiration back!

Read.
As a lifestyle writer, I like to read articles on current issues, and often this provokes a reaction from me, which I choose to then blog about. You can read all genre's of magazines to provide you with the right kind of inspiration for you blog. You could even go beyond magazines, seeking out articles online, in the papers, or maybe even just reading a book! 

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Take a break.
If you tend to sit down and write numerous blog posts in one day, then you can use up all of your inspiration very quickly. Take a break from blogging, step away from the computer and do something different. Tidy your work space, go for a walk, bake a cake...any of this could lead to further inspiration for you, which is great! 

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Look to other bloggers.
Check out what some of your fellow bloggers have been writing about. Have they written a post which you could respond to? Is it a tag post that you could join in with? Looking at other bloggers' work is a great source of inspiration. 


Listen to music.
Really! Lyrics are very powerful things in music and they may strike a chord with you that brings about inspiration for a blog post! 

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Ask for help.
There's no shame in asking for help! Put out a tweet asking for ideas or, better still, what your readers would actually like to see you writing about. This way you'll not only get a rush of ideas but also be able to create content you know will be enjoyed. 

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How do you get over a lack of blogging inspiration? Let me know in the comments below! 

Love from,
Florence Grace

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FELINE FRIDAYS #1

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I wanted to start a 'series' on my blog recently but had absolutely no inspiration as to what I could do. It wasn't until I whipped my laptop out this morning to write today's blog post and had one of my two fur babies flop across the keyboard, as per, in order to prevent me from writing that I had a lightbulb moment. I should do a cat series! 

I write about my cats quite often on Twitter and share images on my Instagram of them too. My sister (embarrassingly) made them their own Instagram account too, which has actually had pictures taken from for larger Instagram cat accounts! Of course, my series needed a name, and as it's Friday, Feline Friday just seemed to work! 

So here's the introductory post to the new series, FELINE FRIDAY. Today I shall introduce you to my two little fur babies, Doris and Elsie. 

They were born sometime around the end of June (not exactly sure, I shall have to check that with my sister!) and belonged to my mums friend, who had numerous cats. My mum had already been toying on and off with the idea of getting two kittens for a few years now, and when she found out her friend was willing to give these kittens to us as a gift, because she already had so many cats, it seemed like a "right place, right time" moment, and so we said yes! Elsie and Doris came home on the 26th August 2015, a week earlier than I expected and so I was very surprised to see them as I walked through my front door. 

They were tiny. They fitted in the palm of my hand and were just so cute! They were also impossible to tell apart...


The girls arrived at home!


However, despite looking the same, their personalities are very different and we began to be able to tell them apart almost straight away. Elsie was more playful, Doris more reserved and quiet. As they've gotten older, this hasn't changed. Doris is very "pathetic" we say haha, she likes to loll around in your arms, being cuddled and stroked and made a fuss of. Elsie is far more boisterous, running around, playing with her toy bunny in a similar way you'd play fetch with a puppy and hating to be picked up and cuddled for more than a few seconds!





They are desperate to get out of the house and play outside, but they haven't been spayed yet, and so we have to keep them inside! However, we did buy a little cat lead to experiment with- Doris is more sure of this than Elsie. Whilst she only likes to be outside for a few minutes, Elise will not tolerate the lead- or the outdoors- at all, despite spending the vast majority of her days staring wistfully out of the window!





I didn't realise it was possible to love anything as much as I love these two little kittens- I quite literally adore them! They're so sweet and loving and so clever too! They wait by the door for us to get home, they can hear my mum's car from half way down the road and always run to greet her, they cuddle us at night and dribble on us whilst they purr (which I like to think is affectionate!). They're truly part of our family now and I never thought I would say this but, I am a crazy cat lady! 

I'm hoping they will gain a sister in November, as I've asked for a Sphynx kitten for my 21st birthday...but I guess we shall have to wait and see about that! 

Now it's your turn! I know several blogger friends who have pet cats- I would love to feature them in my FELINE FRIDAY series! If you'd like to get involved, drop me an email at florencegrace13@gmail.com and we will sort something out! 

Love from,
Florence Grace

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Goodbye, Dearest Holly

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I've spoken about my favourite books before, all of which were fictional novels for young adults (okay, okay, one of them was a children's book), but there's one book I always forget about. A book which moves me to tears, fills me with rage, a book in which I feel every word, every emotion that has been poured into each chapter. Which book am I talking about? "Goodbye, Dearest Holly" by Kevin Wells. 

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If the title hasn't given it away, the book is written by the father of murdered school girl Holly Wells, who, along with her friend Jessica Chapman, were tragically killed back in 2002. Their story was such a high profile case that you can't have missed it, and even now is brought up in the news, with Kevin appearing on TV towards the end of last year. The whole world felt this case, in a similar way to the way the world feels the disappearance of Maddie McCann, and it's one that has never left people's minds. 

I was six, nearly seven, when the girls were killed, and even I remember seeing their cheeky faces on the news and the oh so famous Man United shirts they donned in the world wide photo that we all became used to seeing splashed across the news papers. More deeply imprinted in my mind are the faces of their killers, Ian Huntley and his girlfriend at the time, Maxine Carr. 

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Anyway. The book "Goodbye, Dearest Holly", is Kevin Wells take on the events that occurred from the moment his daughter went missing at a family BBQ on August 4th 2002 up until the very end of the case and the "moving on" part of the process. It's a very, very emotional book and I am surprised that I enjoy. Being someone who settles for fictional teenage dramas with happy endings and quirky characters, reading a harrowing, real life tale of a families tragedy and their fight with the police force to regain justice for their beloved daughter was a massive change, but one that I enjoyed (as bizarre as that sounds, given the content of the book). 

I think it's because there is no editing. Kevin is open about the emotions his family and himself went through. He is open about his brother leaking a secret to the media, about the uncertain feelings surrounding the vicar, about his doubt for religion and how his thoughts on it changed after Holly's death. He uses expletive language rarely, but it's there, showing the real frustration and anger. I also find it incredibly interesting to see how the police actually work in a case like this. Kevin lays out just how long it takes to get things done, and you understand why the media keep bringing up the same stories for weeks- because the police take weeks, sometimes months, to get anything done!

If I hadn't already have known the story and it's outcome, I would have guessed straight away that Huntley was the killer. This breaks my heart when I read the book. Without giving too much away, there's a point in the book where Kevin and Huntley interact and as it happens I sit there wanting to tear the pages out, screaming in frustration "It's him, go to his house, beat him up, destroy him IT'S ALL HIM". But of course,  I can't, and even if I could it was already too late at this point in time. 

Kevin's interaction with the mediums intrigues me too. The mediums predictions about the case are so accurate that it seems there must be "another side". I have had my fair share of ghostly experiences and yet still find myself saying "but really? Do ghosts exist?" but every time I read this book I feel that they certainly must. Dennis, in particular, knew everything and his talents are undeniable. 

It's now been 14 years since the tragedy yet the image of the girls in their football tops still stays firmly imprinted in my mind. They would be 25 years old now. It's amazing how time flies and it must be so bizarre for their families, who I am sure must often think about what they would be doing now, had their lives gone a different way. 

There has been one small positive out of the death of Holly and Jessica, and that is Kevin Wells' work with UK charity 'Grief Encounter'. They are a charity created to help children, such as Holly and Jessica's siblings at the time, with the loss of a sibling or parent, and Kevin Wells has worked closely with them to help raise funds for the charity and improve their work with children in need all over the UK. 

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If you haven't read "Goodbye, Dearest Holly" I strongly suggest you do so. I picked mine up from a charity shop but I'm sure you can buy it online, or in a book store somewhere. It's worth the read and will definitely remind you to embrace life and hold on tight to those close to you whilst you can- you never know which moment with them will be your last. 

Love from,
Florence Grace

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Cutting ties.

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Do you know what really sucks?

Friends who don't support you. 

Am I really completely mad for thinking that your friends should support you in all that you do? (As long as it's safe/healthy etc. of course!). I have a brilliant group of friends around me currently, and I've never been so happy with who I spend my time with. They're positive, they life me up, support me, encourage me and I think that's really amazing. I don't have many friends but it's definitely about quality, not quantity, and I think I've got the balance right! 

I did have more friends, but as the New Year rolled around, I cut them off. Not in a nasty way, not with any kind of negative actions. I simply stopped bothering to send them messages, stopped texting and calling, stopped trying to arrange meet ups. These people never tried to speak to me, never tried to see me, so why should I bother? Most importantly of all, they never supported me, and I wasn't going to stand for that any more. 

I had "friends" who had never listened to my radio shows. Who never watched my YouTube videos, read my blog posts, liked my facebook pages, read my magazine, bought my stationery sets- they did and still have done, nothing in any way to support me. 

My current friends are the complete opposite. They tuned into every radio show (Bobbie!), they have read my blogs and like them when I share them, (Alex!) they have hared my blogs on facebook, they have read my magazine and bought every issue (Ricarda!), they have read my columns in Vale Life (Xenia!) and everything else. They continuously support me over and over, time and time again. I couldn't be more grateful and I know that these are the kinds of people I need to have in my life. 

I feel sad about cutting off people I believed were my friends, of course I do. But I just can't afford to be surrounded by people who don't bring anything to my life, no positivity, no support, no care, no love. I try to bring all of this into my friends lives and I am glad that they do the same. I feel like, finally, the group of friends I have around me are the right kind of friends, scrap that, the best kind of friends to have around me! I couldn't be more lucky- or more grateful.

There's nothing wrong with cutting off people who don't add to your life, who drag you down instead of lifting you up. It's nothing to feel bad about. Always do what's best for you and surround yourself with the best people possible!

Love from,
Florence Grace

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It's time to look back.

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Today I saw a quote on Twitter that really resonated with me.

"Sometimes we are so focused & worried about the next move, that we don't look back & appreciate how far we've come & how much we've achieved"

It was tweeted by Michael Buck Maris (@buckotb) and retweeted by Remel London (@Remel_London) which is how it ended up on my own timeline. At first I scrolled past it, not too bothered, and then I looked back and re read it, letting the words sink in properly. And I realised it is so true. I spend so much of my time focusing on what's happening next for me- the next big career move I'm going to make, the next article I will write for a magazine, the next move I'm going to make for my magazine and so on. I do this all the time, getting overly stressed out and getting really worked up. Something I never do is take the time to sit back and look at the things I have achieved, especially achievements that look so 'small' at the time. 

I worry that my blogs aren't good enough. When I installed Google Analytic's, I felt really put out by my statistics compared to what Blogger had been telling me. However, whilst this made me stressed out, I didn't take the time to think about how ambitious it is of me to write a blog post every single day or how my blog has opened doors to me I never imagined I could even knock on, let alone walk through. My views might not be as incredible as I had hoped but there are other achievements that have come with my blog that I should be focusing on!  

My stress regarding my magazine is never ending. How will I make money from a free magazine, who will stock it, who wants to advertise, who should be on the cover next and so on. I forget to appreciate that it's not even been one year yet (nearly though!), that I jumped straight into making a magazine with no real plan, structure or even an idea on how to make a magazine and that I have reached more pre orders with the up coming issue than ever before. I have managed to build a team of writers, grow a following on social media and have some loyal readers too. For a years work with almost no experience of the magazine industry, I'd say that's not bad going. 

My worry about the future is also a consistent one. Will I move forwards, will I keep doing incredible things, when will I move out, when will I get married, will I be able to have children? The list of worries grows all the time! Yet I don't take the time to step back and look on how much of a future I've made for myself in the last two years, meeting amazing people, doing incredible things and creating brilliant opportunities for myself and, hopefully, my future family too. 

It is okay to worry and stress about your life- everyone does it and you're definitely not alone. However, it's not okay to completely disregard and/or forget about all the hard work you've done so far that's got you to where you are today. Think about all the advances you've made in terms of mental health, physical health, relationships, work,general life. Really look back on all you've achieved, even if it's something you think seems incredibly small. It doesn't matter, because if it's important to you then it's important enough and that's what counts. Always celebrate your achievements, even small ones!

Let me know in the comments below something you're proud to have achieved yet seem to disregard in the comments below! 

Love from,
Florence Grace

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What makes you happy?

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Have you ever just felt super content with life? Like, not everything is 100% perfect but for some reason you're just super happy anyway? I hope you all feel that way right now, because I definitely do! I don't know if its just the good weather automatically putting me in a good mood or if its because I have so many exciting things happening over the next few months but I'm just really happy right now!

Here's some things I've recently been happy about...

  • I had a good review at work and it's really motivated me to try harder, perform better and appreciate working there! 
  • I'm surrounded by so many fabulous people who lift me up, support me and love me- friends both old and new and my family as well. I've managed to cut off pretty much all the people who were bringing negativity to my life and it's a great feeling. 
  • The thought of going on holiday with my best friends in just over a month! I've never been on holiday with friends, and I've also never rented a house for holidays either, so I'm really excited and just know it's going to be a great week away!
  • I've been slimming down and losing weight slowly but steadily and know that with more hard work and patience, I'm going to get the body I have wanted for so long.
  • The thought of going back to college in September to become a qualified broadcast journalist/radio presenter. This is my dream job so to be able to become a professional with a 100% rate of employment at the end of the course is just...amazing!
  • The first birthday issue of my magazine coming out (which I think is the best issue yet and has had more pre orders and subscribers than ever before!) 
Of course there are things stressing me out too! Money issues (always), worrying about moving out (as per), stressing about my NCTJ Diploma on which I am way behind and getting enough sleep! However, I know these are all minor things compared to the worries some people I know have and so really, I should feel lucky!

Let me know which things have been making you smile/your life a little bit happier in the comments below! It's nice to share some positivity on a Monday!

Love from,
Florence Grace


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An update on my weight loss

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So as you will know, I've been trying (yet again) to slim down, tone up and boost my health. I've been trying to get in 10,000 steps a day (or as close as I can) by going on long walks, which has been especially nice now that the weather is better in the evenings! I've also done something else a little different the past two days...

I have cut down on my carbs!

Now, those of you who know me will know what a huge deal this is for me. Bread, pasta, crisps, it's all my favourite! I eat carbs excessively and not much else, due to the fact I strongly dislike almost all fruit and vegetables! However, my mum has been encouraging me to cut back on the carbs and I have already seen a difference! 

Of course, I can't- and never would- cut out carbs completely. But I am trying to only have one, maybe two carb-y things a day. For example, my carbs were the bread in my sandwich, and three small new potatoes with my dinner- I had salad and a chicken breast with hard boiled eggs for dinner (getting in the protein), and last night I had salad and a gammon steak. Yes, I know, salad two nights in a row! It really is a new me. 

Anyway, I hadn't paid much attention to my body until my mum said "Have you noticed a difference?" "Yes" I joked "I feel hungrier!" but when I felt my tummy it did feel far less...bloated! My tummy wasn't sticking out quite so much and it didn't feel as...puffy. I couldn't believe there was already a change in just two days but there was! 

So I'm going to be continuing with my walks and in addition to this I'm going to continue with a low carb diet and I'm going to see where I am this time next week- hopefully I will continue to slim down, bit by bit and finally get the body I had before I got into a relationship, overate and got 'comfortable'. Sigh. 

Have any of you tried cutting out carbs? Is it something you'd be tempted to try? Let me know in the comments below!

Love from,
Florence Grace


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RE-STARTING YOUTUBE!

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Exactly one year and one day ago I pressed publish on my last YouTube video. I only made six videos and none of them were particularly spectacular, but for the short time that I was creating this content, I really enjoyed myself.

Yesterday, I was having a conversation with my youngest sister about how much I missed performing on stage. When I was younger, I played a variety of instruments and performed at numerous locations, both in competitions and for fun, playing music for crowds that varied from being as small as the school hall to as large as the Royal Albert Hall. The feeling performing gave me was unlike anything else.

When I did my TV  presenting work and whilst I was a radio presenter, I had that same feeling, and so naturally I came to the conclusion that I just love giving something back to a large audience- playing them songs, performing or simply just chatting. I love it all. And whilst writing is my true love, presenting/performing comes a pretty close second.

So after this conversation, I got to thinking and I have reached a very exciting decision.

I am going to restart my YouTube channel!

Yep, on top of all the million and one other things that I do, I'm going to try and cram in YouTube too! I'd love to say the videos would be weekly but I would hate to make promises that I just can't keep, so I'm just going to try and keep them as regular as possible. I have a day off tomorrow and no siblings home, which is a rarity, so I'm going to get some filming done then.

Whilst I do have some videos in mind that I know I'm going to film, my question to you guys is this; what videos do you want to see from me? If you could let me know in the comments below, that would be really great- I'd much rather give you guys videos you want to see rather than forcing unwanted content down your throat, especially when (for me) YouTube is about 10 x more time consuming than blogging!

I'm really looking forward to getting back in front of the camera and I hope you guys will enjoy the videos I make!

Love from,
Florence Grace
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Being proud of this generation

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I can be a pretty emotional person when it comes to TV shows and movies. However, at the moment there's one advert that really gets to me and I well up every time for a totally inexplicable reason. Every time it comes on YouTube I actually refuse to skip it. I get goose bumps, my chest goes all tight and I become overcome with a weird emotion that I can't quite place. Here's the advert I'm talking about:

           


Weird, right?! I can't help it though! There's just something about it, from the choice of song to the clips included, I just get so emotional! I think it all actually boils down to one thing though, and that's pride. I have a huge sense of pride when I watch this video because I know I've helped to make these moments happen, I've shared them, retweeted them, watched them, laughed at them. I've used the hashtags to help find the dancing man, I've welled up over the Obama's dancing, I used the hashtag to show support for refugee's. I am immensely proud to be part of a generation that, whilst being so criticised for being so 'addicted' to social media, has managed to make so much history.

Thanks to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and everything else, this generation have created moments that no generation before us could have done. Despite still facing discrimination for certain subcultures and social groups, we are the most accepting generation of people so far. We are the most loving, the most creative, the most ambitious. We are criticised for the fact that we are glued to our screens and yet thanks to that very fact, we have been able to make so many magical moments happen- some of which will go down in history.

I watch that advert and I feel totally proud to be a part of the generation I am. I am proud to be an avid social media user. I am proud to use emoji's in totally bizarre ways to convey a feeling, a message. I am proud to contribute towards little pieces of history that will be looked back on one day, thanks to the use of hashtags and retweets.

By using social media, we make history happen. We should all be extremely proud.

Love from,
Florence Grace
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DISCOVERY GIRL is the world's worst magazine.

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I am mad. Like, really, really mad.

Everyone knows how defiantly I will fight against women's body image issues in the media, everyone knows what a firm feminist I am and everyone knows I run what is predominantly a woman's magazine that doesn't focus on women's bodies or looks. It's all very important to me. 

So you can only imagine my fury when my friend sent me a link to this article: 




What the actual heck?! I could not believe my eyes! It makes me angry enough to see articles about being "beach body ready" in magazines such as Cosmo or Heat or whatever, but to see it in a children's magazine aimed at 8-12 year olds?! Several thoughts ran through my mind...

How the heck did this get an 'okay' from the editor?
What actual imbecile is running this magazine and thought "yes, great idea, let's try and get 8 year old's to care about how they look in a swimsuit, rather than just letting them enjoy their holiday". Do they want to be a contributing factor to the rising levels of eating disorders and mental heath problems in young children? Whoever okayed this, whoever wrote this and the editor should all be sacked off in my opinion! What total, total idiots!

The categorisation.
"Curvy Up Top", "Straight Up and Down" and "Rounder in the Middle". Rounder in the middle. Oh my God. These categorisations for children are absolutely horrific I can't even type the words to express my utter disgust and frustration. First of all, they're children. They're either healthy or not healthy, there is no needs to start pushing a label on their body shape, especially when they're still growing and changing all of the time. Secondly, they've only selected three body types and yet literally every single body type is different. How weird will a child feel if a magazine tells them that their body has to match one of these three labels and it doesn't? It's just not okay!

The sexualisation.
Not only does it tell girls- remember they're aged 8 to 12- how to find a flattering swim suit, it also advises them on how to (and I quote) "add curves" and "draw the eyes down". Why the heck are they trying to turn a child's body into a woman's body, a sexualised body at that? No eight year old girl needs to add curves to her body! What a horrific thing to try and suggest to a child!


Of course, there was major backlash from parents on social media, and rightly so. The publisher of the children's magazine, which is called 'Discovery Girls', posted an 'open letter' to address the situation. Her letter stated that she was "in total agreement with all of you regarding this article". If she's in total agreement then WHY DID SHE BLOODY GIVE THE OKAY TO PUBLISH IT?!

The open letter also stated that "no magazine works harder to ensure the well-being of your daughter's than Discovery Girl".

Um, I can tell you one that does. Love from... magazine (lol). We focus on empowering females, giving career advice, chatting about real life problems. Other magazines such as Girls World, Girls Talk and maybe even Top of the Pops (although I haven't read it in a while) are all for young girls and all discuss things that girls aged 8-12 should be talking about, like toys and TV shows and how to make fairy wands, without a glimmer of an article on their bodies in sight!

Discovery Girl magazine, you suck. I have never been more horrified, more shocked and more disgusted at a magazine article. Women have dealt with this kind of gross treatment from media publications for an age, and we are pretty much used to it by now. But children? That's not okay. They don't deserve to have women's body ideals pushed onto their underage and pre teenage minds. It's so far from okay. I am so beyond angry.

This is just another reminder of why I started my own magazine- to empower females of all ages (although 8 may be a bit young to read about choosing a career path...) and give them something else to focus on that isn't how they look. Children's magazines need to remember their effective duty of care over children, the position of power they have over children, the level of responsibility they have and the trust that parents put into them. Children's magazines also need to stay in their lane. You aren't Vogue, you aren't Cosmo, so stop trying to write articles like you are. Let children be children!

Love from,
Florence Grace

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Are GCSE's worth the stress?

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Four years ago today was my last day of Year 11 before I broke up for 'study leave' aka a clump of GCSE's and then my three month long summer. It was also my Year 11 prom- four years has just completely flown by! 

So much has happened to me in the last four years in terms of my education and my career- all things that I literally never expected to happen. In Year 11 I knew I would be going to uni, but not sure where or what I would study. I had a boyfriend whom I was trying to plan everything around. The end of school seemed very, very far away and so nothing was bothering me too much.

To cut a long story short I did okay in my GCSE's. I didn't get any of my predicted grades but I got nothing below a C, and even achieved a C in my maths, something no one thought I would ever be able to do, so that was really something. I was able to do nearly all of the A Levels of my choice, except Psychology due to a C in Science, not a B *sigh* but this turned out to be a blessing as the Psych teacher ended up leaving and causing all sorts of problems for the class. I replaced Psych with Business- and it seems everything really does happen for a reason, as I now run my own business!

After my A Levels, and getting accepted into the uni of my choice, I took a gap year, ended up studying a random course at college and then rejecting my uni placement in favour of going straight to work and studying a journalism diploma online. I turned to blogging, became a radio presenter with my own weekly show, trained to be a TV presenter, have worked with several notable people and companies and done many extraordinary things...and now I run my own magazine too. But you all know this already.

What I'm trying to say is this; please don't worry about your GCSE's. To me, and to almost everyone I know, they have not impacted upon people's lives in any way, shape or form. I am not the same person I was four years ago, I don't have the same dreams and ambitions as I did four years ago- my GCSE's are pretty much irrelevant to me. 

Now, I'm not saying don't try, don't revise, don't work hard. Do! A C grade in Maths and English at least is compulsory and is something you need in life for almost all jobs. But what I am saying is don't stress. If you need a break from revision, it's okay. If you go to a party during your "study leave", it's okay. If you revise for an hour or two less than you should have because MIC was on and you had to watch, it's okay. 

GCSE's really don't hold much importance, definitely not as much importance as an A Level or a college course in higher education and it's really not worth getting worked up over, stressed or worried about. One year on, four years on, you won't even be thinking about them, I promise. 


Good luck to everybody taking exams, I hope you all do as well as you'd like- but if you don't, don't worry. Everything truly does happen for a reason and if something falls through, its only so it can make way for something way better- trust me!

Love from,
Florence Grace


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