Click For Therapy *

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Therapy is not something I have considered for myself, ever. I like to think that I'm a pretty strong individual. I don't suffer from depression or anxiety, or any other mental health issues as far as I'm aware. I've not always had a happy time in life but for the last two years I have been happier than I have ever been! I am surrounded by lovely people, have a good career, and am relatively successful. There's no way I could need therapy of any kind, for any reason.

Or...maybe there was.

It was first brought to my attention by two of my best friends that perhaps I needed to "speak to someone" about some issues I had been through when one day I had a completely random melt down during a BBQ, when I had previously been having the best day with them! It came out of the blue and I couldn't understand it, and of course when they suggested a therapist I said no straight away. Me? Need help? Need to talk to someone about my feelings? I don't think so!


"You need to start removing the bricks from this wall you've built up around yourself"


I don't really want to go into too much detail, because despite my blog being a very personal and open space, the things I've dealt with are not things I really want to share, for the meantime anyway. I've suffered a lot in a couple of different ways that have scarred me for life, and overcoming them has been far from easy. What I can tell you is that it's really damaged me emotionally and I now struggle to open up to anyone. Just this week my friend Alex said "You need to start removing the bricks from this wall you've built up around yourself"

And I know she's right.

That's why I was happy to find Click For Therapy, a website that allows you to find an ideal therapist for yourself in just a few minutes. Therapists often have a huge waiting list, and they're not always affordable either. This is where Click For Therapy comes in, helping you to source the most affordable therapist in the closest proximity to you. Now, you might think that this is what Google can do for you, but Click For Therapy is a lot more helpful. You can select specific types of therapists, rather than doing a general therapist search, and assess them for yourself very quickly.

Therapy isn't something I considered before, and is still something I feel dubious about now. However, it's a huge comfort to know that a site like Click For Therapy exists if I reach a low and feel like I really need to speak to a therapist about the issues I have been through. I'm always so reluctant to ask for help, but maybe now it's time to admit defeat. Sometimes you need some help, be it in the form of family, friends or a therapist, and there's no shame in that.

Love from,
Florence Grace

This post was written in collaboration with Click For Therapy but all thoughts and opinions are my own. For more information on my collaborative and sponsored posts please read the disclaimer at the top of my page. 
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A Mermaid's Tale- Review and Competition*

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2016 saw the rise in popularity of one of the best mythical creatures there is; unicorns. And while the unicorn trend was- and still is- hugely popular, 2017 saw the rise of another mythical creature that stole people's hearts; mermaids. There's mermaid blankets that look like a tail, mermaid pool floats, stationery, homeware and even makeup brushes. I love the mermaid trend, so when Strike Media asked me to review A Mermaid's Tale I obviously said yes! Better still...I have two digital copies to give away to you guys! But we will get to that in a minute...

There's no denying that A Mermaid's Tale is absolutely a kids film- however, I don't suppose this really matters if you're a big kid at heart like I am! The film depicts the tale of 12 year Ryan, a beautiful young girl raised by her dad. Her mother passed away when she was very young and the only other living family she has is a grumpy, estranged grandfather. When her grandfather gets sick, her dad and her move away from their own home to go and live with him, in an attempt to look after him. While Ryan initially dreads the thought of living with such a hard-hearted and miserable man, she soon comes to love the new town she calls home- particularly when she finds herself making friends with a mermaid! 

Love, friendship and family are all key themes in this film, but there is another, overriding theme that is an important lesson everyone could do with learning: forgiveness. Life is too short and too precious to hold a grudge over a silly argument, to cut ties with people who make small mistakes and to carry out petty acts of revenge. It's always better to forgive, let yourself heal and then learn to love and reconnect again. This film does a brilliant job at capturing that. 


Whether you're an adult or a child, the irresistable magic of this film will entice you to watch it again and again, and I can guarantee every time you reach the end credits, you'll be beaming from ear to ear. We all love a happy ending, don't we? 

Now, I mentioned that I had not one but two digital downloads available to give away to you guys as part of a fun competition! Everyone always does 'follows' and 'retweets' for competitions and I know that they're easy entries but I thought I'd do something a little different. I want you to comment on this post, tweet me or comment on the Instagram or Facebook post what your mermaid name would be for one entry. For TWO entries (that's right, you get a bonus entry here!) you can create a picture to show me what you'd look like as a mermaid! You can draw it, photoshop it, paint it, whatever you like! Send it to me via social media (@flomatthews_) or email it to me at florencegrace13@gmail.com As it's a kids film, you can get your kids, nieces or nephews to enter as well as yourself- this really is a film, and a competition, for everyone! 

The nitty gritty: Competition is open worldwide to people of all ages. Leaving a mermaid name comment grants you one entry, leaving a name and photo grants you two. Two winners will be selected at random by an online generator. Competition closes Friday 18th August 2017 at midnight. Winners will be contacted within 24 hours and then have a further 24 hours to respond before another winner is contacted. Good luck! 

Love from,
Florence Grace 

This post was written as part of a collaboration with Strike Media but all thoughts and views are my own. For more info on brand collaborations read the Disclaimer at the top of my page. 
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Fun Mom Dinner Review and Competition!*

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Fun Mom Dinner is a brand new film set for digital release on the 7th August- and I'm working in collaboration with Strike Media to give away two free digital copies of the film to you guys! 

Fun Mom Dinner has a pretty varied cast; some of the actors and actresses are really well known, such as Adam Levine from Maroon 5, Adam Scott and Toni Collette amongst many others, while some of the others I had literally never seen before. From the get go it does seem to have the appearance of a low budget movie that was possibly directed by a newbie to the industry but don't let that sway you guys! Stick with it until the very end because I can tell you now, you're in for a treat! With scenes of a sexual nature, drugs references, examples of bad parenting and some hilarious jokes, this movie is ideal for a girls night in- even more so if you're mums! 

Everyone knows just how gruelling parenting can be. It alters your relationship with your significant other, you lose out on 'me time', you end up with poo in places you never thought you'd have poo, your pelvic flaw goes to hell and you piss every time you sneeze... yup, parenting is no joke. And while it's definitely one of the most rewarding experiences in the world, theres no denying that it's always nice to have an evening to just be you. No babies, no husbnads, just you and your gal pals. Those nights are the best and that's what Fun Mom Dinner really embraces. 

The best thing is, it doesn't just show you the mum side of things- although the main bulk of the film is that. It also shows things from the dad side too, and all parents featured in the film have a different approach to parenting too. None of them are perfect, none of them are winning prizes for top parenting awards; it's all about embracing the way different people feel about parenting, and that it's okay to parent in your own way. It also demonstrates why it's so important to have a break away from parenting, and that a break away is okay!! 

This film had me giggling from start to finish, and I spent plenty of time drooling over Adam Levine as a sexy bartender. The film is a mash up of sex, booze and boys. If that doesn't sell the film to you, what will?

As I said, I'm working in collaboration with Strike Media, and I have two digital copies of the film, that was released today, to give away for free! All you have to do is retweet the tweet I will share with the link to this post in and follow me and Strike Media on Twitter (@flomatthews_ and @strike_media.

The nitty gritty... The competition will close on Friday the 11th August 2017 at midnight and the two winners will be randomly selected using an online generator. Winners will be contacted through social media and if there is no response within 24 hours, another winner will be selected. The film is rated 15 so all entrants must be 15 or over. 

Let me know if you've seen the movie, or plan to see it and what your thoughts are! If you're entering the competition... good luck!

Love from,
Florence Grace

This post was written in collaboration with Strike Media, who generously gifted me a free digital copy of the movie. However, as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. To find out more about sponsored content please read my Disclaimer at the top of the page. 
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National Pink Gin Day 2017!*

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Have you heard of Pink Gin Day?

Probably not! That would be because August 3rd 2017 is the first ever Pink Gin Day, an event that will be celebrated across the globe! The day has been created by Martin Edgerton Gill, founder of Edgerton Pink Gin, and will be celebrated all over the world by a number of bars and pubs who will be serving pink gin at a discounted price for all to enjoy!

I didn't even realise pink gin existed until I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Pink Gin Day press event on the 25th July with Alex. I don't particularly like gin but it was a party in an absolutely gorgeous venue (The Rose Lounge at the Sofital Hotel!), it was pink themed and you had to wear pink, so I was happy to attend- and I am so glad that I did!



The event was truly lovely. I got to meet the Martin Edgerton Gill himself, which was a bit of an honor to be honest! He was wearing a pink shirt, and was so sweet, kissing myself and Alex on the cheek, complimenting our outfits and chatting with us for a full five minutes about why pink was such a great colour. Aside from this, the event consisted of mingling with the other guests, drinking huge pink gin-based cocktails and listening to Martin tell the tale of how pink gin came to be. (Martin also introduced the tea bag to Britain...but that's another story for another time!).

Despite not being a gin drinker, I am happy to say that I absolutely love pink gin! I threw back two large cocktails with ease and can't wait to enjoy some of the pink gin that I was gifted at the event in celebration of the day today!



The pink gin was first launched in 2011 when Martin realised two different things. First of all, Bombay Sapphire, the most popular gin on the market at the time, was bright blue in the bottle, but when you poured it out, it was white. This was very disappointing! Secondly, pink was a far better colour than blue- something that Martin felt particularly strongly about  thanks to it being all of his daughters favourite colour! So what did he do? He decided to make a bright pink gin that retained its colour when poured from the bottle and didn't even fade when mixed with a tonic.

The gin is made from 15 different and unique botanicals, including pomegranate, which contributes to the bright pink colour of the drink. It also uses a botanical called Damiana, something no other gin used at the time Martin was creating Edgerton's Pink Gin. This botanical possesses a unique quality...it is well known for being an aphrodisiac!



This Pink Gin Day, make sure you celebrate at home or at a bar to the full extent! Wear something pink and try some delicious pink gin. If your local isn't celebrating the event, try making the Pink French 69 at home! All you need is 250ml of Edgerton Pink Gin, 125ml of simple syrup, 125ml of lemon juice, champagne and lemon twist. Stir the gin, syrup and lemon juice into a medium pitcher with ice before straining into champagne flutes and garnishing with lemon peel. Simple!

With pink being my favourite colour, I can't wait to celebrate Pink Gin Day 2017 and I hope you guys will join me in celebrating too! If you do, make sure to use the hashtag #PinkGinDay17 and tag @edgertonpinkgin

Feel free to tweet or Instagram me any snaps of your celebrations too! @flomatthews_

Happy Pink Gin Day!

Love from,
Florence Grace

This product was gifted to me by Edgerton Pink Gin but all views are my own. To find out more about my sponsored posts, read my disclaimer under the tab at the top of the page!
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Natural beauty with Clinique! *

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Not too long ago I worked on an exciting collaboration with Clinique all about their new skin care campaign. I was able to offer you guys the chance to get yourself  a free Clinique product and to tell you all about the fabulous free gift you could get if you spent a certain amount of money on Clinique products at Boots. Well, I'm back with another brilliant Clinique offer for you, and to tell you all about their latest campaign, how to create the No Makeup makeup look, an exciting collaboration with designer Jonathan Adler and how you can claim more freebies- thanks to me!

After receiving a fab skin care treatment for my last collaboration with Clinique, this time around I was fortunate enough to receive a makeover! I'm pretty rubbish at doing my own makeup- I can't do a cut crease or contour to save my life, I usually just slap on some sparkly eye stuff, make my face as glowy as I can and then think I'm good to go. However, Clinique advisor Beth took me into her safe hands, ready to do a 'no makeup makeover' on me. The aim of the makeover, in case it wasn't obvious, was to create a gorgeous, natural look that I could recreate everyday using very few products that made it look like I was almost wearing no makeup at all, literally just enhancing my natural features.



Beth sat me down ready to remove any makeup I was wearing- luckily, I had none on anyway, as I'm quite comfortable going out without any makeup on (because I'm a natural beauty, obviously...) so that saved her a job! She wanted to start with the base, so she used a product I had used at my previous Clinique appointment, the Clarifying Lotion, to get rid of all the dead skin cells and dirt from my face. I'm always fascinated by how much dirt comes off of my face, even when it looks totally clean! I mean, it's gross...but fascinating.

After this was a cream that she used as a base for the look which made my face soft and ready for a makeup, as well as creating a 'fresh' looking glow that looked healthy and nautral, and not too overboard. I believe this was the 'moisture surge', pictured above.

Next up was my foundation, which Beth got spot on, just by looking at me! Honstly, it was the perfect colour match to my skin tone. I was beyond impressed! The foundation glided on with Becca's fingertips so easily, and was very light and blendable, as well as buildable if I wanted thicker coverage- not that I needed it! One layer was just fine. She started from my nose and swept outwards to cover my face, then once she'd rubbed gently with her fingers she used a brush to blend it in and make sure there were no 'tide marks'.



One of the things I love about my Clinique experiences is that they always make them very hands on, so that you can learn while they do it! Beth always did half of my face and let me do the other half, so I could really get to grips with the look. 


Following the foundation was my favourite beauty product; highlighter! Anyone who knows me will know that I think you can never have too much of a glow! Beth didn't go overboard with the highlighter for this look, just did the 'Clinique C'  around my temple and cheekbone. It created a nice, dewy glow around my face. She drew the 'Clinique C' directly to my face with the Clinique chubby stick highlighter, then used her fingers to dap it in, although she said this could also be done with a brush, it is all a matter of personal preference.




Once the highlighter was applied, Beth used a subtle shade of blusher, just the smallest amount, to give me a natural, rosy and sunkissed look! 



After, the highlighter was the eye look. Beth gave me a couple of options (from the Jonathan Adler collection...but you'll just have to keep reading if you want to see those!). I went for a smoky brown colour that was quite subtle but had a nice shimmer to it. I let Beth apply this to both eyes, purely because I'm no good with eye makeup and I wanted to look pretty decent for the rest of the day! She also applied a little bit of highlighter to the inner corners of my eyes to make me look more 'awake'. (Believe me, after my sleepless nights that is definitely something I'm going to do more often!)


Following the eyeshadow was the lip look! There were three shades to choose from from the Jonathan Adler collection, all named after his favourite holiday locations. Despite it being a natural makeup look, I went for a vibrant pink shade called 'Palm Beach'. However, Beth managed to use her skills to make it look natural, using a small amount of colour on a tiny brush to paint my lips to make it look more like a rosy lip stain than a bright, shocking pink lipstick look. 


Finally, I needed to keep my look in place, so Beth spritzed me with some fixing spray to keep me looking naturally glowy, sunkissed and gorgeous all day! 


I felt beautiful by the time Beth was done with me! You can tell that she did her job well, because my beautiful natural no makeup look was so subtle that it didn't show up on camera! I literally look like I'm not wearing anything at all. The best I could get was this selfie in natural light that really caught the gorgeous glow from the highlighter! Other than that, I was so impressed. You couldn't tell I was wearing makeup yet my skin looked perfect, and I looked like I had a beautiful rosy glow about me! (Also, the products all smelt lush so my face smelt divine too...) This is definitely a look I will be recreating at home to make myself look naturally gorgeous.



Now for the fun part for you guys...the Jonathan Adler collaboration and the freebie for you guys! I hope you're ready for this collaboration because it is the most beautiful collaboration of beauty products I've ever seen! Brace yourself...3...2...1...



I know, I know...absolutely stunning, right?! Considering Jonathan Adler is a furniture designer, he's really come through with this makeup collaboration and I am so beyond impressed with it! Look at those lipstick cases, those brushes- I want them all! (Chloe who arranges the collaborations knew I'd love the brushes and told Beth to make sure she showed them to me...she was right! That girl knows me too well).

This is the most perfect summer collection from the shades of the makeup to the packaging itself, and while it all looks so luxurious it doesn't cost as much as you'd think either! This isn't all he's designed either...he's also collaborated with Clinque to design the free gift that you can receive if you purchase two Clinique products, as long as one of them is a foundation or skincare product! 


The makeup bag, designed by Jonathan Adler, comes with a chubby stick highlighter, a mascara, an eye makeup remover, a moisture surge cream (the same cream Beth applied before my foundation), some micellar cleansing wipes to use on your face and eyes and last but not least a gorgeous lipstick, with a casing that matches the makeup bag! It's all about that coordination you know! The best part about the lipstick is that there are two shades of lipstick for you to choose from, a plum colour or a pink colour- you decide! I went for the nudey-pink colour, as I feel this fits better with the natural beauty 'no makeup' look.

Better still is the 'step-up' gift offered by Clinique. If you purchase two items from Clinique, with one of them being a foundation or skin care product, you get the standard free gift mentioned above. However, if you purchase a third product, you also receieve either an 8-shade palette designed by Jonathan Adler worth £22 or full size travel smart night moisturiser worth £39. Amazing, right? 

And it doesn't stop there! You can also get yourself a freebie, as promised at the start of this post! Just head over to the Clinique counter in Boots, Aylesbury and then either quote 'LFFG Natural Beauty' or show them this blog post to receive a free foundation sample in your colour! You're welcome, kids. 

I would just like to say another massive thank you to Chloe, Beth and Clinique for allowing me to participate in this fab collaboration. Clinique are always a joy to work with and I am always treated like a Queen and spoilt rotten! If you take advantage of my code, let me know! And if you make any purchases and get your free gift, send me pictures, I'd love to see what you get! 

Will you be rocking the no-makeup makeup look this summer? Ler me know in the comments below!

Love from,
Florence Grace
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LFFG is three!

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My baby is three today!

And by my baby, I mean my blog. Duh.

Honestly though, I can’t believe that Love from, Florence Grace is three years old today. Three years ago today I made the decision to begin sharing my life online, opening up to strangers on the internet – and I can tell you now it was the best decision I have ever made.

My blog has brought me new friends. It has created employment opportunities for me. It has helped me to find myself, boost my confidence and become more comfortable in my own skin. I’ve done things I could never have imagined being accessible to me, I’ve met people I could only have dreamed of meeting, I’ve started my own business, I’ve entered into an entirely different career field than I was about to embark on this time three years ago, and have moulded my entire life around my blog and being a content creator.

I’ve found a new sense of self, a new identity through my blog. My dreams and goals have altered quite drastically, I want different things from life and have different views than I used to…and this is all thanks to my blog! I’ve discovered that I am completely career driven, that I have an interest in running my own company, that I’m more creative and ambitious than I ever even knew. I’ve learnt about self-love, about sex, about feminism from some truly great bloggers who cover all of those taboo topics that no one dares to talk about. I’m interested in politics- something I never, ever thought I would say! I’ve worked in TV, in Radio, in print media and digital media, as a content creator, a social media manager and now as a Communications Officer who runs her own magazine. All of this has stemmed from my blog. It really has changed me for the better.

As the years go on, I am gradually settling into a niche for myself. Those who have been here from the start will know I used to work very closely with a company called Go Think Big. They helped me really break into the media industry by creating the opportunity for me to work with Heat Magazine, Closer Magazine, Channel 4, 4Talent, the BBC, Kerrang! Magazine and radio station just to name a few. I used to go to an event with them once or twice a week, every week. I also worked with 4Music a lot, had my own radio show with Blink FM and attended other events, such as an LFW Fashion Show.

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Attending an LFW with two fab friends of mine xxxx

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Presenting my first solo radio show, Fridays with Florence Grace!

The second year of my blog saw me attending less events, although there was still some and also the closure of the radio station I volunteered at and so the end of my shows. However, I was still working with 4Music doing TV shows and I was doing something much better; I was working. Real, paid work. I worked for a clothing company as an interning Social Media Manager before taking on a paid freelance journalist role- a role I’m still in today- and also began properly running my magazine. So while I might have been attending less media events, it was because I didn’t have time, and also, I didn’t really need them anymore either! I had begun building a very solid, media-based career for myself!

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Spot me and spot the celebs... Maya Jama looks super pretty haha!

This brings us to the third year. I’m working all the time now, running my magazine, working as a freelance journalist and being a Communications Officer, all while running my lifestyle blog. Focusing on work more has meant that I’m creating less content for my blog, but of a higher standard and it really is paying off. This year I’ve been invited to review more products than I’ve ever been asked, been invited to the best events I’ve ever been invited to and, in the last few weeks, have been contacted by more PR companies than I have in the last three years! I work with Elegant Touch creating sponsored content (which is a dream come true!), I’ve worked with Paperchase, I’ve been to all of Makeup Revolutions events in the last two years, I’ve interviewed Radio 1 DJ Gemma Cairney for my magazine, I have been featured in The Metro, I’ve taken on more freelance work than ever before and in October, I’m going to be speaking at an event about running my own business- because at last my hard work has been recognised!!

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At the Glamour Beauty Festival courtesy of Elegant Touch this year!

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All of my magazines to date!

I haven’t won awards for my blog. I haven’t gone viral. I don’t have thousands of followers. But I know that my work makes a difference. My magazine makes a difference, my blog makes a difference. The articles I write make a difference. My words- the things I think, feel and say- make a difference.

I don’t force people to read my content. They do it anyway. And to me, that’s really something. 12 year old me never imagined she’d be here today. 18 year old me never imagined when she sat down and pressed publish on that first post that she’d be where she is today. And me? Well I’m constantly amazed at where I am today. I really am living in a dream come true and I’m happier than I’ve ever been in my whole life- all thanks to my blog. My baby.
Thank you to everyone who is a part of this journey. Who reads my blog posts, buys my magazines, supports my ventures, retweets and shares things. Most importantly, to those of you who have been my friend. Who have offered advice and support in the hard times, lifted me up and praised me in the good. You make all of this worthwhile.

It’s been the best, most diverse and interesting three years. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Love from,
Florence Grace
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REVIEW: Ombar Chocolate*

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July 7th was World Chocolate Day, and while I somehow managed to miss that (honestly, how?), the team over at Ombar were kind enough to send me some of their products so that I could still participate in the celebrations, even if I was a little late to the party.

Let me tell you from the get go that Ombar chocolate is no ordinary chocolate. Ombar chocolate is, to put it simply, healthy chocolate. For real! While the company use raw cacao in all of their products to ensure that the nutritional benefits of cocoa are preserved within the product, the chocolate is also all:


  • Dairy free
  • Gluten free
  • Refined sugar free
  • Organic
  • Vegan
Honestly, what more could you ask of a mere chocolate bar?!

As mentioned above, Ombar leave a high percentage of raw cacao in all of their products and there are a lot of health benefits to them doing this; for example, enhanced memory performance, improved focus, verbal fluency and a better working memory in elderly people and also a positive effect on cardiovascular health. See, this chocolate really is good for you! 

Now, I must admit, I was a little dubious about this chocolate. I've tried organic chocolate before and always found it very bitter, tasting just like dark chocolate but...worse. However, I was willing to give this new brand of chocolate a go; particularly because it's vegan and eventually I would like to go vegan! Ombar sent me three different flavours; Coco Mylk, Strawberry Mylk and 72% Cacao. 


The Coco Mylk flavour chocolate was by far my favourite flavour. The chocolate can only be described as 'hard' (Galaxy is quite soft chocolate in comparison, if that makes more sense for you...). Each bar is divided into breakable segments which is handy and being so easy to break off means less mess whilst you eat! The Coco Mylk flavour tasted smooth and almost creamy. It was slightly bitter like dark chocolate but barely noticeable and I really liked it! 


Next up was the Strawberry Mylk flavour. I adore anything strawberry flavoured so absolutely couldn't wait to try this! Sadly, the chocolate didn't taste as sweet as I was hoping, however the strawberry flavour definitely tingled on your tastebuds and stays with you long after you've finished the chocolate. It wasn't as nice as the Coco Mylk bar but I would definitely eat this again!


Last but not least (or...maybe least) was the 72% Cacao bar. This one just wasn't up my street at all. It tasted very bitter- in fact, it tasted identical to ordinary dark chocolate, which is pretty incredible! I don't like dark chocolate (if that wasn't obvious by now!) but for those who love dark chocolate, I would definitely recommend this product to you! 

So, while I didn't like 72% Cacao and only kind of liked the Strawberry Mylk flavour bar, I loved the Coco Mylk flavour bar and would definitely recommend this to everyone, particularly if you're looking for a healthier or a vegan alternative to ordinary chocolate. 

Thank you so much to Ombar chocolate for sending me these bars to review- I'm definitely going to be buying some more Coco Mylk flavour bars for sure! They're available from Ocado, Whole Foods, Planet Organic and a variety of other independent food stores, as well as online at www.ombar.co.uk for just £1.99 - a total bargain!

Have you tried Ombar Chocolate? Are you tempted to now? Let me know in the comments below! 

Love from,
Florence Grace

These products were kindly sent to me for the purpose of a review but all thoughts and opinions are my own. You can read more about this in my disclaimer at the top of the page. 
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Unapologetically me

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Yes, it's me again. The Pizza Princess, back with more words of wisdom about exactly what the picture says; being unapologetically me...


As someone who shares her life online, it leaves people quite open to involve themselves in my life, create their own opinions on me and the things that I do and sometimes even share those opinions with me via various online platforms. It doesn't always happen online - sometimes people are openly rude, harsh or judgemental straight to my face, and that can be really tough to deal with. On more than one occasion I've had to deal with nasty remarks that have made me want to get under my duvet and hibernate for the rest of my life. For real

Fortunately, as time has passed, I have become more and more immune to nasty comments. I've made no secret of the fact that I used to be bullied quite badly online, and I used to let people's opinions of me and how I was living my life really get to me. I was in a very low place for such a long time, I did stupid things to try and feel better about myself and I really let those nasty critics control who I was and what I did. However, as I've become older, surrounded myself with better people and become more confident within myself and more comfortable in my own skin, I've learnt that when people are nasty, it's definitely a reflection of who they are and how they feel about themselves, rather than being any kind of reflection on the person I am. Now, I can laugh the comments off, and more often than not, completely ignore them. 

"More often than not" is obviously a key part of that sentence, because guess what? Sometimes I still get nasty comments and sometimes, they do still hurt me. I know that whoever is saying it is bitter and nasty, I know that what they're saying isn't true and I know that I can just shrug it off and laugh at them...but at the same time, my brain doesn't want to. Instead, it would rather dwell on the person who has crticised my outfit, commented on my weight yet again or made me feel like I have more flaws than I ever even realised. It's in moments like these that I have to take five minutes out of my day to be a little bit emotional, have a little moan to my friends about it and then take a good look in the mirror and remind myself that I am unapologetically me



So yeah, I'm a little 'extra'. I like to stand out, be a little bit crazy, a little bit wild. But that's exciting, right? I laugh too much at things people don't find as funny as me, I'm a little bit ditzy and sometimes a little lacking in common sense. I'm sassy and mouthy and swear far too much, but I'll always be open and say what's on my mind - you'll get nothing but straight, real talk from me. I eat too much and don't exercise enough, and some days it's the other way around. I rinse my savings account to buy new clothes or pay for another night out drinking and clubbing. I drink too much and think I can dance like Beyonce. 

But don't let all of this outshine my other qualities; I'm so hard working, I'm ambitious and I'm determined. I'm great at making other people laugh, making them happy and cheering them up. I'm a good listener, I'm thoughtful and I'm generous. I'm willing to help anyone and everyone, even those who might not necessarily deserve it. I'm driven, independent and confident. I open my heart to everyone freely and make time for everyone. 

I'm a good person. I don't need validation from anyone or for anyone to tell me otherwise, I'm confident in that knowledge. I have some traits that aren't necessarily the best (I mean, I could tone it down on the language, I know...) but all of these qualities just make me, me! If people don't like it, they don't have to deal with it. I don't force anyone to be a part of my life or to stick around, and I know that the people who are part of my life genuinely want to be there. 

People can say what they like about me, they always will say what they like about me because everyone has their own opinion, and they're obviously entitled to that. But now that I'm in a place where I'm happy and confident and actually love the person that I am, I don't care anymore. Sure, nasty comments might still get to me now and again- I'm not a robot, I do have feelings and they can get hurt! But, for the most part, I'm happy with who I am, and I am 

unapologetically 

me.

Love from,
Florence Grace 
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9 MORE Signs a Guy is a Fuckboy

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A couple of months ago I wrote a post titled ‘9 Signs a Guy Is a Fuckboy’. You guys loved it and it fast became one of my most read posts. Boys and girls enjoyed the post, and most people messaged me to say how accurate it was- boys included! Since then, I’ve come across even more fuckboys (would you believe it!) and found even more signs that giveaway whether a guy is nice or whether he’s a fuckboy. Obviously, I’m about to share them with you so you know how to spot a fuckboy too!

He turns his read receipts off
Even worse, if you start messaging and the read receipts are on and then after a while he turns them off. I mean, this is just frustrating more than anything else, but is also a sign a guy wants to be able to avoid your messages- and the messages from all the other girls he’s chatting to as well.


Similarly, he turns his ‘last seen’ off
In my previous post, I mentioned how fuckboys lie about not being on their phones but their ‘last seen’ was two minutes ago. I thought that was the worst it could be, but I was wrong. The worst thing is when they turn their ‘last seen’ off altogether, so you can’t calculate how many minutes you’ve been waiting for a reply. (It’s 47 minutes and 12 seconds, but I mean honestly, who’s counting?)


They only ever message you when you upload a selfie
Come on girls. You all know that guy. You don’t hear from this guy for weeks, months even, and then you upload a new selfie and you’re met with a ‘hey’, ‘hi’, ‘hello’, ‘what’s up?’ every single time. Yes, I look banging. Please just like my photo like a normal person and then leave me alone. I don’t want to talk; I just want to be admired from afar.


They don’t have any photos on Facebook
What am I supposed to do when I’m telling my friends about you and your only photos are three profile pictures from five years ago? But wait…it’s 2017. Why isn’t there any photos of you? We’re living in generation selfie!!

He’s probs keeping a low profile online because then it’s easier to chat to multiple girls and lead numerous lives in a way that only a fuckboy can.


They like five selfies in a row
And I’m not talking the last five (or more!) selfies from this month. Sometimes they scroll back as far as the last year, yet somehow manage to do this in 10 seconds and suddenly BAM, BAM, BAM, you’re bombarded with likes from the latest guy to join the fuckboy club.


They kick off when you reject them
If a guy asks you on a date and you say no, he should accept that like a champ and move on. Right? Well, if a guy’s a fuckboy, it doesn’t quite work like that. Nope, if you reject him, he’s suddenly going to kick off and act like you’re a disgusting shitbag who he wouldn’t go near if somebody paid him. Alright Dan, let’s just ignore the fact that you were begging for it two minutes ago shall we?


They insult you to attempt to win you over
We all know boys are dumb, but fuckboys take stupidity to a whole other level. Yes, sure, tell me I’m frigid and boring and that you can change that with a life changing night with you, that’s really gonna make me want to bang you! Not. Fuck off and find a new sock to bash one out in to.


They INSIST they aren’t a fuckboy
The biggest fuckboys are the ones who make a point of telling you over and over and over again that they aren’t a fuckboy. You can trust them, they’re different, they won’t hurt you, they care about you! And when you don’t believe them, they’ll act all hurt that you think they could possibly treat you that way…
…and then they do treat you that way. Because they’re a fuckboy.


They send unsolicited dick pics
Come on. No nice guy would ever do that. 



And here's a bonus one...

They use olive oil as lube
That’s a joke…kind of. If you know, you know. 

Hey, it's just banter, right?

Love from,
Florence Grace

As always, this post is intended to be humerous and not cause offence. 
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Quality, not quantity

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Since I have been old enough to understand what it means, the phrase ‘quality, not quantity’ is something that I have always lived by (unless we’re talking about alcohol, because it doesn’t matter about the quality of what you’re drinking, if you drink enough of it you still get drunk)

In recent years, and more specifically in the last two years, the phrase ‘quality, not quantity’ has been applied to the people in my life. Growing up, it’s drilled into us that in order to feel loved and to be happy with your life you must be surrounded by a tonne of people.  Books, TV shows, movies and other elements of pop culture all tell us that if you don’t have many friends then you’re a ‘loser’ or an ‘outcast’.

It’s time to stop this way of thinking, and start believing in quality, not quantity instead!

Society has made us feel like we have to surround ourselves with as many people as possible to be happy, and this has caused us to feel its okay to create fake friendships, to have false intentions towards other people just to keep them around us so we appear ‘popular’, and honestly I can’t help but wonder, what’s the point? Wouldn’t you rather be surrounded by less people, but people who actually genuinely love and care about you? I know I would- because I know it’s important to choose quality, not quantity.

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When I was younger, I had a lot of friends- and with these friends came arguments, bitchiness and backstabbing. There’s no denying that being surrounded by a large group of friends, particularly when its dominated by females, is pretty gruelling work. And while I’m definitely speaking from personal experience, I know from having had plenty of conversations with other people about this that I am not alone in my feelings.

The older I have become, the less I have tolerated bullshit behaviours and attitudes from people claiming to be my ‘friend’, and the easier it has become to cut people off who no longer add any positivity to my life. No, I don’t have over 1,000 friends on Facebook anymore (why was I so proud of this?) and no I don’t get invited to a party every weekend anymore. No, I don’t get an abundance of people begging to see me or make plans. But do you know what I do have instead?

Real friends.

I can count my real friends on both hands, and I like it that way. I know I can trust them all, I know they all love me unconditionally as I do them, and I know they’re dependable, genuine and just nice. There’s no backstabbing, no bitching, no arguing. Everything’s easy, the way it should be in a real friendship. While I have less friends now, they’re the most top quality friends I’ve ever been lucky enough to call my own.

In terms of relationships and friendships, ‘quality, not quantity’ can also be applied to the length of time you’ve known someone. I have friends I’ve known for a handful of months who have better intentions for me than someone I’ve known for years and years. Time is just a number, it means nothing. It’s quality, not quantity.

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I think when it comes to friendships and relationships with other people, it’s important to remember that there are different levels to them, too. You don’t ever have just ‘friends’, so don’t feel bad about having 5 friends, for example. You’ll nearly always have your best friends, then your close friends, other friends, work friends and then acquaintances. There’s probably more people in your life than you would first think, so don’t ever feel like you’re totally alone- you definitely aren’t. However, no matter how many people you have around you, be it 10, 20 or 50, maybe even more, you should never let the level of quality you look for in a person waiver. Always surround yourself with best friends, close friends, colleagues and acquaintances of the highest quality. You don’t deserve any less than that.

I recently wrote about how your vibe attracts your tribe, and how your tribe also creates your vibe, and that ties in quite nicely here. Whether you think it or not, the vibe of the people you surround yourself with will rub off on you- so it’s important that you surround yourself with the best people possible, who’s values in life match your own, who life you up and make you better, who support you and inspire you and who aren’t afraid to be real with you, no matter what you’re going through.

My group of friends might be small, but I couldn’t fault a single one of them.

Quality, not quantity.  Remember that.

Love from,
Florence Grace
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Your vibe attracts your tribe

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You’ve probably heard of the saying ‘your vibe attracts your tribe’. For the most part, I have found this to be true.

However, have you ever stopped to think that maybe, it might work the other way around? Maybe your tribe actually creates your vibe? Now that’s something I definitely know to be true.

Over the last two years of my life, I’ve made a huge amount of changes, and a lot of these changes have revolved around the kind of people I’ve been spending time with. It hasn’t always been easy to recognise that some of the people I believed that I loved the most were incredibly toxic for me, but once I opened my eyes and saw how they were dragging me down, I was able to cut them off and make room for more positive, dare I say it, better people in my life instead!


"Five types of people you want to surround yourself with: the inspired, the passionate, the motivated, the grateful and the open minded"


When you surround yourself with negative people, critical people, even destructive people, it really can bring you down, even if they aren’t directing any of these negative attributes directly toward you. Their energy definitely rubs off on you and you start to pick up on these behaviours, until soon you are negative and critical and destructive too- which is just so mentally exhausting and not the kind of person anyone should aspire to be.

Surround yourself with happy people who uplift you, inspire you and support you and watch how different your life becomes. At the moment, I’m surrounded by the best people I have ever been friends with. They’re all so positive and happy, have a great attitude towards life, support and encourage me and are just generally brilliant. In turn, it’s made me happy and positive, altered my own outlook on life and enables me to give them the same support and encouragement they give me.

Today is National Best Friends Day in America (I don’t care that I’m not American, I love an excuse to celebrate something, particularly the amazing people in my life) and it really got me thinking about the people I call ‘best friends’, and how they differ from people I called by the same name this time last year, two years ago, five years ago and beyond.



I’ve still got my ride or dies, Bobbie, Alec, Poppy and Abby. Bobbie and me have been friends for around 5 years now, while Alec, Poppy and Abby have been my best pals for about three. More recently I’ve made friends with Alex, and while we haven’t known each other for even half a year yet, she’s already one of the best people in my life.

Then there are other people in my life who I absolutely adore; old timers like my Topshop girls, Chloe, Smithy and Lauren- they're the kind of friends you don't always see, but when you do it's like you have never been apart! Then there's the newer people like Tiff, Destiny and Calum, who haven't been around as long as the rest but have already shown themselves to be just as fabulous




Those of you who have followed me for a while or read my posts regularly might notice there are some names there who you would probably have expected to see, who used to crop up on my blog and other social media pages quite a lot, who are now absent. Like I said, you have to learn when people are no good for you and cut them off, for your own sake. Other times, you simply outgrow people. It’s sad but true.

I’m incredibly lucky to be surrounded by such incredible people all of the time, and I couldn’t love them all more. I have definitely spent  a long time creating the perfect tribe for myself and I think I’ve finally got there.

While it’s true that your vibe will attract your tribe, your tribe definitely creates your vibe- so choose yours wisely!

Love from,
Florence Grace
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