Female Creative Series: Q&A with Beauty Blogger Chichi

Female Creative Series: Q&A with Beauty Blogger Chichi

I started a female Creative Series to celebrate the women around us who work hard and hustle in the creative jobs. This week I spoke to Chichi, a beauty blogger who lives in Cambridge.

Tell us a little bit about yourself!

My name is Chichi and I’m a beauty blogger. I’m from London and I currently live in Cambridge. In my spare time I like to read books, watch YouTube videos, visit museums and blog!

What do you do for a living?

I work in digital media and marketing. I specialise in content writing and copywriting, but I’ve also worked in content marketing, blogger & influencer outreach and social media management.

What made you decide to do what you do for a living?

I kind of fell into the digital media world. My original plan was to become a journalist and work in traditional media – I wanted to work as a beauty and fashion journalist for magazines. But after discovering the digital media world and realising that I could write for online media, I chose to do that instead.

What would be your advice for someone looking to go into your profession?

If you want to enter the industry then definitely try to get some experience and build up your network. Your network is your net worth! Consider taking professional qualifications – this is something I am working on right now. Also, create a website or portfolio to showcase your best work.

What are some of your hobbies or skills that you’d like to improve this year? 

I’m currently teaching myself to play the keyboard after briefly learning as a child. The thing is that learning to play an instrument requires so much practice and consistency so I need to keep it up and keep it going.

What’s a quote that makes you feel empowered/motivated?

“Your value does not decrease based upon someone’s inability to see your worth.”

Can you tell us some of your favourite female creatives you love to support? Feel free to link to their socials or blogs!

I am always reading blogs and these are some of my favourites:

Sophie Milner (formerly Fashion Slave)

Gemma Louise

A Woman’s Confidence

Kate La Vie

Albertine Sarah

Demi Colleen

Cruelty-Free Kitty

Can you recommend your top 5 books for creatives? 

The Joy Of No

Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff by Richard Carlson

What A Time To Be Alone by Chidera Eggerue

The Courage To Be Disliked by Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga

Get Your Sh*t Together by Sarah Knight

You can find Chichi on her socials:

Blog: https://www.chichiwritesbeauty.co.uk/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/chichiogwe
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/chichiogwe/

 

Book Review: Margot and Me

Book Review: Margot and Me

I read Margot and Me by Juno Dawson earlier in the year and fell in love with Margot and Fliss.

About

Margot and Me is about how Fliss moves up to Wales to be with Fliss’ grandmother while her mum is in remission from cancer. Fliss has to leave all her friends behind, including a potential love interest. She can’t stand the thought of moving away from London to a tiny town in Wales.

But fortunately for Fliss, she finds her grandmother, Margot’s, diary from the time of the war. She unveils secrets she never knew and discovers it’s not that easy to move away from home. But it does have its perks.

From YA prom where I met Juno!

Review

From the start of the book, I didn’t know what it was going to be about at all or who it was aimed at.

I was excited that Fliss and her mum were moving to Wales because I love it there.

The characters were so likeable, especially Margot (not at the start). I loved Fliss’ mum and Fliss’ gay friend Danny who lives at the Chinese his mum and dad run. Her other friend, Bronwyn is also quite sweet, although a tad odd! Dewi was a personal favourite, a big softie. I wish he would have got more time in the book! (Juno, please write a book for Dewi!)

I felt like I could relate to Fliss, apart from her confidence and sassiness. She worries a lot but is also a kind soul. She has her opinion and sticks by it, regardless of what others think. But ultimately, I loved Margot the most. You could see her character develop from the person in the diaries to who she is now, and it’s not surprising she’s so cold hearted when you look at what she’s gone through.

There was so much crammed into this book that I didn’t know which direction it was going to go in.

The writing was beautiful, especially the parts where we’re reading Margot’s diary. It felt so accurate and made the story come alive. It was like reading a story within a story.

I felt like I was actually in Margot’s farm, watching Fliss resist the urge to eat bacon and seeing her sneak into her bedroom to read more of Margot’s diary.

This book is such a heartfelt read but also a heartbreaking one. Be prepared to cry, laugh (a lot, Fliss is such a diva) and smile. If you want a family oriented read full of laughter, ballet, piglets and more, then read this now!

The Boyfriend Tag

The Boyfriend Tag

So I’ve wanted to do the boyfriend tag for a while and I finally made Oliver answer some questions about me.

I’ll be writing his answer down first and then I’ll respond to whether it’s right or not!

1. Where did we meet?

Virtual: On MeetMe
Physical: At Norwich Train station

✔️

2. Where was our first date?

Nandos and cinema to watch Jurrasic World

✔️

3. What was your first impression of me?

I thought you were cute

I don’t know if this is true but I hope it is 😂

4. When did you meet my family?

First time I came to Norwich

✔️

5. Do I have any weird obsessions? If so, what…

Yeah, Taylor Swift.

Not weird, just a fangirl.

6. How long have we been together?

4 and a half years

✔️

7. Do we have any ‘traditions’?

We have had some that go on for a month or so and then they stop. We tend to go to TGI Fridays when we celebrate something.

✔️

8. Where was our first holiday?

Portugal.

✔️

9. What was the first thing you noticed about me?

I thought you had big eyes.

I did have huge eyes but he says they’ve shrunk 😂😭

10. What is my favourite restaurant?

TGI Fridays

✔️

11. What do we argue about the most?

Before we moved in we argued about moving in together.

Yup. ✔️

12. Who wears the trousers in the relationship?

Me.

✔️

13. If I am watching tv, what am I watching?

Friends, Gilmore Girls, Jane The Virgin, Love Island.

I also have a bit of an obsession with Greys Anatomy now.

14. What is one food I do not like?

Vanilla ice cream.

I also hate soup and jacket potatoes.

15. What drink do I order if we go out for a meal?

Water but now you’re not such a tight arse you now order diet coke.

True. What can I say? I’m earning now😂

16. What size are my feet?

5

❌ Size 6 actually

17. What is my favourite kind of sandwich?

Ploughman’s

I don’t really have a favourite but I do eat a lot of ploughman’s and ham and mustard sandwiches.

18. What is one talent I have?

Your ability to creep around undetected.

This is true. I scare everyone ✔️

19. What would I eat everyday if I could?

Pizza 🍕

✔️

20. What is my favourite Cereal?

Choc pillows

YASSS ✔️

21. Where was our first kiss?

On your bed.

It sounds dirty but it’s not. We had been dating online for a few months and the first time I met him we were at home with my family because I was too anxious to go out😂

22. What colour are my eyes?

Green

❌ Blue!

23. Who is my best friend?

Angie.

✔️ And you.

24. What is something you do that I wish you wouldn’t do?

Put my clothes on the floor instead of the wash basket.

Yup. Bingo ✔️

25. What kind of cake would you bake me on my birthday?

Chocolate cake.

Half true. My favourite cake is coffee and walnut.

26. What can I spend hours doing?

Moaning

Urm no. ❌

27. If I could live anywhere where would it be?

NYC

✔️

So there you have it! He can be a tit sometimes but he’s my tit. How about you all try this tag, I’d love to see the answers😂

Book Review: Unboxed by Non Pratt

Book Review: Unboxed by Non Pratt

In this week’s post I’ll be reviewing Non Pratt’s short story, Unboxed.

Blurb

Four friends meet up at their old school to open the memory box they stowed there years ago – with five letters inside for four of them, because their friend Millie has died. When they open the box they find a new letter from Millie and discover that she has left them special instructions: permission to open her letter only if they all read aloud the letters they wrote to their older selves, revealing their deepest secrets.

Review

I picked this book up at the library, not knowing if it was for younger readers until I saw the word fuck inside. It’s a super easy YA read, as it says on the back. And it truly is. I’m someone who struggles as I am a slow reader. But I got through this book in a couple of hours. It was such an easy read but also a heartwarming one full of rekindling friendships, bereavement and love.

I don’t read many short stories but I already grew so attached to the characters, especially Dean. I love how the characters are developed so quickly and even one night can change your world forever. Ben is a big softie and even though it’s sad Millie is dead, she brings her friends back together.

I have to say their deepest darkest secrets weren’t really surprising and I was left waiting and wondering when the secrets would spill out, but overall I thought the letters had lovely sentiments to them.

It’s a must read for YA lovers but also if you need a little pick me up read.

Have you read Unboxed? Did you enjoy it? Until next time, love, Vee x

An Evening with Hank Green

An Evening with Hank Green

I went to see Hank Green tonight on the ONLY UK tour he was doing for his new book, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing. It was set in the Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square and tickets were sold out.

There were some hilarious laughs, one of them being John Green roasted by his brother (John was not there, I know, disappointed😂).

We were told at the start of the evening there was a raffle and only 100 people could have a meet and greet with Hank. I was a lucky winner! I got to take a photo (albeit blurry) and took a stranger’s picture in the process.

There were really deep chats with Holly Bourne who chaired the event about humans, what Hank’s most remarkable thing is and if his book was predicting the future when he started writing it in 2014. It was really interesting.

I haven’t read the book yet but I’m definitely going to after meeting Hank. He’s such a down to earth person, and we got to laugh about Trump, so what could be better!?

I love being surrounded by bookish people and I saw some familiar faces, including ‘the large ginger man’ from Waterstones as he calls himself.

Thank you to Waterstones for setting up such an event! I had an amazing night (apart from running for the train!). Vee x

Our Anniversary

Our Anniversary

It’s mine and Oli’s 4th anniversary and to celebrate I wanted to document it on the blog.

Amsterdam, the Adam lookout swing August 2018

We’ve been through so much together, from travelling to our favourite places, to going through major life events. Oli has been there through thick and thin. We’ve been long distance for three years, now we live together. We’ve had family problems, work issues and more.

Croatia August 2018

When we first met, I was an anxious mess. I didn’t even leave the house. But when I met Oli that all changed. He pushed me out of my comfort zone and made me do the things I was scared of doing, and I did them because I knew he would be there to guide me and hold my hand.

Now I’m able to get on planes, travel into London alone and so much more. I have my independence back with confidence this time.

Our first photo together 2015

Last year I went through an ordeal with my family, meaning I had no where to go. Oli and his family took me in, which I’ll forever me grateful for. Oli is one of the best people I know. He’s always looking out for others before himself and can always make me laugh (even when I’m mad at him.)

Oliver’s 21st, spent in Monte Carlo, 3rd Feb 2019

We are not pretending to be perfect, no one is. We love each other, we have our tiffs but every couple does.

My birthday, going out for dinner

When I met Oli, I found my other half, as cliche as that sounds. I’d been searching for it, only to find it in somebody else. I’ll forever be grateful for him coming into my life and changing it around.

New York, outside the Friends apartment

There’s so much to look forward to in the future as well. We are saving up for our own place and for travelling.

Here’s to many more anniversaries 💋 Love, Vee x

6 Powerful Poems from the witch doesn’t burn in this one

h1 {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 20pt;} h2 {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 18pt;} body {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 15pt;} Hey guys! In this week’s blog I’m going to be sharing some of the most powerful poems from Amanda Lovelace’s collection: the witch doesn’t burn in this one. Please tell me in the comments some of your favourite and inspiring poems.

1. This has to be one of my favourites from the book because it’s so damn unapologetic. Do not, I repeat, do not let anybody walk over you.

2. You have all the strength in you that you need; use it and empower others.

3. The simple line is, you need to look after yourself just like you would a small child. Treat yourself with respect, self care and love.
















4. We are strong, independent women and we’ve got this. When our enemies intend for us to crawl up in a ball, stand up and fight back. Not because you want to but because you have to.

5. You have no idea what you are capable of until you pick up a pen and write your heart out. Inspire others just like you and not like you to stand up for themselves, fight for what they want and live their happiest life.

6. It is not normal to go through abuse. I’ve learnt this throughout the years and I’m here to tell you it isn’t right. Society has altered our perceptions of what a healthy relationship is.

I hope you feel as inspired as I did when I read Lovelace’s books. Be powerful, inspire and take care of yourself. Until next time, Vee x

Poetry Review: Pillow Thoughts

h1 {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 20pt;} h2 {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 18pt;} body {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 15pt;} Hey guys! I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend of relaxing and reading. I recently read Pillow Thoughts by Courtney Peppernell and I instantly fell in love with the way she uses her words. It was an impulse buy from Waterstones with my birthday voucher so I took a gamble to see if I liked it, and fortunately, it paid off. In this week’s blog I’m going to be reviewing Pillow Thoughts and showing you some of my favourite poems.

My Review

I bought three poetry books recently and Pillow Thoughts was one of them. Pillow Thoughts is broken down into 10 sections including ‘If You Are In Love,’ ‘If You Are Sad,’ and ‘If You Need A Reason To Stay.’ Therefore, you can read them for any occasion and when you are feeling different emotions. I read the entire way through and could relate to so many of the poems – especially the long distance ones. My partner and I were long distance for three years and to read about all the feelings I used to feel, was enlightening. I used to feel so alone and thought the distance would never end.

I also related strongly to the ‘If You Need A Reason To Stay’ section as this had encouraging poems to comfort me. The way Courtney uses metaphors is beautiful and even if some of the poems seem easy to write, you can still relate to them but you would have never thought to write in that way.

I really enjoyed reading this collection and I’m looking forward to reading Pillow Thoughts II: Healing The Heart. I love modern poetry such as Amanda Lovelace’s, Rupi Kaur’s and Atticus’ work and I think I just found a new favourite poet.

Now I’m going to show you some of my favourite poems from Pillow Thoughts! Let me know in the comments whether you’ve read it and what you thought!

See you next week. Love, Vee x

Our Trip to Amsterdam

h1 {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 20pt;} h2 {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 18pt;} body {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 15pt;} Hey guys! Last week, Oliver and I were on our way to Amsterdam! We had such an amazing time and I wanted to share where we went and what we did with you. I hope you enjoy this post and let me know in the comments if you have been or are planning to go to Amsterdam.

Day One

I booked our holiday for three days and we stayed at the Ramada Airport Schiphol hotel which was a ten minute drive from the hotel and we had a free shuttle service to and from. It was a little way out of the centre of Amsterdam but there was a supermarket close by which meant we could buy all our drinks and some food at cheaper prices. You can get the train from the airport directly to the city centre and it takes around 20 minutes.

Our flight landed at around 8am so we had a whole day and checked in to our hotel to drop off our bags. We then headed back to the airport and caught the train into the centre. On our first day, we went to the sex museum, which was funny and interesting and maybe a little embarrassing! It’s only five euros each. After that we took a wander around and had some lunch at McDonald’s before making our way to Jordaan and the flower markets. We did a lot of walking so I recommend catching the tram or Metro! We also purchased a three day travel card from the airport which was around twenty-eight euros each and covered us for all trains, trams, metro and ferries.

We had a look at The Cat Boat, a little boat full of stray cats and then we walked all the way back to Dam Square and went to Ripley’s Believe it or Not. I recommend looking at offers before going because we made the mistake of buying a full ticket when we could have had another tour for the same price. Ripley’s was quite fun and we were there for Pride week and they were allowing people to marry for one day only so it was lovely seeing all the couples getting married!

We then walked all the way back to the Anne Frank House and had dinner at Pancakes Amsterdam, which is just across from Anne Frank. We recommend using your card more than bringing cash as we ate there three times and they don’t accept cash but give you the option to pay in pounds so you don’t have to pay an exchange rate. The pancakes are delicious and you get a little key ring souvenir each time you go.

We booked the 6pm slot to visit the Anne Frank House and it was the most inspiring experience; you can’t go to Amsterdam without visiting. There was a screaming baby which ruined the experience slightly, but seeing the attic, where she lived, was insane. The experience made me quite emotional and we must have been there for over an hour. You get to use headsets which tell you more in detail about the way the Franks lived and what happened to them.

Day Two

On day two, all rested from the day before, we made our way out into the city early and visited Noord on the ferry. We saw online that there was a place called A’dam Lookout. It’s a tall building which has a swing that swings you over the edge, so of course Oliver wanted to try it. We booked our slot and for around forty euros we went upstairs and looked around as the sights from up there were incredible. We should have bought the ticket that included lunch though as we both had paninis.

The swing, Over the Edge, was scary but an experience I’m glad I didn’t miss. We made our way back downstairs and onto the ferry which departs around every six minutes and it’s also free.

We then made our way to the smallest pub in Amsterdam (from the TV advert), the smallest house and the smallest cafe, where we went to have a drink.

In the evening we headed over to the Red Light District and visited the Erotic Museum which was about seven euros each. It has some of John Lennon’s drawings, a weird cartoon program and lots of sex toys. We also visited the Prostitution Museum which is a few buildings down and that was around eleven euros each. You get a headset to listen to a prostitute’s story and you get to visit the brothel. The end was the best part because everyone writes their sex confessions and sticks them on the wall! 
We went to the Pancake place again to kill time so it would get dark so we could see the Red Light District at night. It was weird seeing prostitutes in the windows and seeing all the guilty men coming out at only 9pm. It was interesting to see and I definitely recommend going at night when it’s so busy.

Day Three

We had pretty much done everything we wanted to do and see so we headed off to the airport to drop off our luggage (only six euros each on card if you’re taking hand luggage). We wanted to visit Artis Zoo so we took the Metro. It was around fifty euros for both of us to get in and it was quite a large zoo. They have everything from elephants to insects, reptiles to penguins and wolves. I definitely recommend a visit if you have time and it only takes a few hours to go around, depending on what you want to see.

We then made our way to the pancake place again where I had american pancakes with bacon and maple syrup (oh my God it was so good). By the time we had finished, it was already time to go!

I think three days was enough for Oliver and I, but it depends on what you like to do. If you’re an art freak or museum nut, then you might need longer, but if you’re like us and want to do little museums and attractions, then you won’t need long at all.

Until next time, love Vee x

Attending YALC

h1 {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 20pt;} h2 {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 18pt;} body {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 15pt;} Hi guys! So I attended YALC at Comic Con which is basically a book lover’s heaven. There were book signings, publishers, workshops, talks and more. I’ll be showing you what I got up to and who I met!

So the day didn’t go to plan because the trains decided to have a shit fit, but when we finally got there, we went upstairs and saw so many people dressed up in costumes and went to see all the stalls in the main section of Comic Con.

First we went to sit down and listen to the talk Lisa Williamson was hosting, called ‘Real World, Real Me.’ It was all about mental health books, the process of writing and what they were about. It was a great talk and I also went to see Juno Dawson talk at the end of the day. She was talking about Clean and addiction and how it’s still such a taboo subject.

There was a Waterstone’s pop up shop where you could buy the author’s books and there were so many publishing houses, including Walker books, Penguin, Bloomsbury and Quirk books.

I managed to get Floored signed by Holly Bourne and bumped into Lisa Williamson, who I interviewed on my blog. I adore Lisa and Juno and I can’t wait to read more of their work. I also loved seeing all the new authors and the author talks gave me more books to put on my to be read pile!

If you went along, let me know what you thought! Until next time, Vee x