Blogmas Day 21 - Blogging hindering your individuality

Hi everyone, and welcome to Blogmas Day 21.

For today's post, I'm doing something I actually haven't done before so for the first time in the history of this blog, a guest post is happening right here!

This post was written by the lovely John (from Johnsroadtovolunteering) and I feel like it's something which should be addressed. I'm so happy about this post, and I hope you guys are excited to read it!

In recent blogs, I’ve shared on John’s Road to Volunteering, my thoughts on why you should be proud of who you are and embrace this in your blog and when I spoke to Chloe about this, she asked if I’d guest blog today. Thanks Chloe for allowing me to write this post for you.

So, HI! As you’ll know (well at least now you do), I blog over at John’s Road to Volunteering, sharing my story as a volunteer, whilst opening up my life troubles to help others in a similar position. It might be obvious that I’m John, the guy who looks so much like Phil Mitchell, but has the heart of the BFG.

Now that awkward introduction is out of the way, let’s talk about the negative impact blogging can have on you.

Yes, I might have drawn you in with my motivational opener, but at times of positivity, there’s always a negative to outweigh.

Let’s start by saying ‘I LOVE blogging’. Blogging has given me so many opportunities to use my story to impact others, and has allowed me to be myself. I embrace who I am, and use my personality to amplify my blog’s purpose.

Here’s the problem…
Many bloggers don’t do this. They think they know who they are, but they follow the crowd. There’s nothing wrong with following the crowd, but at times, you can lose who you are. You can be influenced by those in the group to change who you are and your mind-set.
I love being part of a group, don’t get me wrong, I’m part of many, but when you have others trying to peer-pressure you into changing, blogging can hinder your personality.

We learn, we educate and we empower blogging, and we must remember to be ourselves.
Whether we’re part of a group or not, blogging provides us with an incredible opportunity to stand out. To stand out like our personality should. Every blogger has different thoughts, perceptions and most important personalities.

We shouldn’t forget this. Our blogs can be a representation of who we are, if we stay true to ourselves. Being influenced is great, but when others are trying to change who you are, it’s not worth your time.

Be you, be proud and embrace your personality. Let it be your personality that inspires others to embrace who they are and look back in years to come knowing it was your personality that inspired, not a group of bloggers trying to hinder your personality. 

I hope you guys enjoyed this first ever guest post on my blog, and again, I want to thank John for doing this post as it's really inspirational and something we as bloggers can take from it!

Feel free to follow me on Twitter: @chloemtommo, Instagram: @chloetommo and Bloglovin. Also, please go and follow John on Twitter: @JohnRdToVol and his blog which I will link again here.
Have an amazing day!

Blogmas Day 20 - Blogger tag

Evening everyone, and welcome to Day 20 of Blogmas. How can it almost be over? Even though it's been hard, Blogmas has actually been fun and I've thoroughly enjoyed it!

For today's post, it's going to be a 'get to know me'. The lovely Katie (from silverglowx) tagged me in this and I am quite excited to do this. Usually with these I have to make up questions and I struggle hard to think of some, so I'm glad I have some already!

Questions 1: How tall are you?
Surprisingly, I'm 5ft 1, so I'm pretty tiny. Also, my boyfriend's younger cousin is actually taller than me and so are some 11 year olds - which is hilariously shocking.

Question 2: Do you have a hidden talent?
Besides whistling like a bird, drinking a Caprisun in under 14 seconds and having eyebrows that grow back in shape no matter how long it's been since they've been waxed - I don't think I have a hidden talent?

Question 3: What's your biggest blog related pet peeve?
I don't see this as a pet peeve really, but something I wish was less common is photos which contain white marble. I know it's a classic "blogger aesthetic", but honestly, I'm kind of bored of seeing it? I know some bloggers love it, some hate it, but I wish that people weren't so... Repetitive? I honestly can't word it really - but it doesn't mean that if I see a blog with white marble in the photo I won't read the post, because I will.

Question 4: What's your biggest non-related blog pet peeve?
SLOW WALKERS. Nothing irks me more than when I'm trying to be on a mission and get shopping done in a short amount of time and it is literal slow walker season. It royally p*sses me right off and the amount of times I've cursed under my breath is ridiculous. Like, I could be a millionaire if I had £1 for every time I've cursed at a person who has been a slow walker.

As well as this, people buying followers for Twitter/Instagram is something I find a bit silly. Sure, it makes you seem like you have a big following and are popular, but it's not necessary, really. Growth is all about gaining naturally.

Question 5: What's your favourite song?
I've got so many that I literally cannot pick a favourite. I guess if I had to pick one I had to listen to for the rest of my life it would be something by Panic! at the Disco or Imagine Dragons.

Question 6: What's your favourite social media website?
Twitter for definite. It's allowed me to meet loads of new bloggers and make some new connections, which makes me really happy and so glad Twitter is a thing!

Question 7: What’s your favourite way to spend your time when you’re alone?
I used to hate spending time alone because I'd get bored of doing something easily, but this Christmas break I've actually not got bored of what I've been doing. Usually, I'll scroll social media feeds, read, play Pokémon Emerald/Leaf Green, play some games on Steam, watch TV and blog.

Question 8: Whats your favourite junk food?
I love Chinese food (if that is even classed as junk food?), and I also love KFC hot wings and Subway (again, not sure if that's classed as junk food?).

Question 9: Do you have a pet or pet(s)? If so, what kind and what are their names?
I've got two dogs, one is a Lakeland Terrier crosed with a Jack Russell called Tommy and another called Mabel (no idea what breed she is, she is a total mix). I have one cat which is a Black Moggie called Sasha (fact: I named her after the Bratz doll when I was 9), and a dwarf hamster called Chip. Also, currently, I have 4 degu's residing in my home - 3 of which aren't named and one is called Sasuke (yes, like the one off Naruto).

Question 10: What are your number one favourite non-fiction and fiction books?
I love to read a lot, and my favourite fiction book is torn between anything by James Dashner (particularly The Maze Runner series and The Mortality Doctrine series), and Who We Were Before by Leah Mercer. I don't read non-fiction books in all honesty, although I own one or two which I do like (A Work In Progress by Connor Franta and Columbine by Dave Cullen).

Question 11: What’s your favourite beauty product or tool?
My eyeliner, NYX Lip Lingerie (thanks Con) or Kate Moss 107 lipstick - they are my staples.

Question 12: When were you last embarrassed? What happened?
My life is literally a walking embarrassment in terms of I just embarrass myself all the bloody time (I just live with it and laugh). I can't remember the last time I did something embarrassed or had something embarrassing happen in all honesty.

Question 13: If you could only drink one beverage (besides water) for the rest of your life what would it be?
I'd drink this cola drink that I get from Aldi because it's zero sugar and tastes like blended up cola bottles. Or I'd happily drink chocolate soy milk forever, because it's beautiful.

Question 14: What’s your favourite movie?
My favourite movie would have to be either Tangled, Big Hero 6 or The Little Mermaid. I love them all so much and they all tug on my heart strings.

Question 15: What was your favourite lesson at school?
I loved English because I was good at it, as well as I loved to write stories, poetry... Anything really. However, I also loved French, Welsh, Italian, I.C.T. and Sociology (you'll learn that I am a very indecisive girl).

Question 16: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
As much as I love other places, I love my own country. Wales is beautiful and I wouldn't want to live anywhere else, even though as I child I wanted to live in Malmo, Sweden.

Question 17: PC or Mac?
PC for definite. I've owned a Mac once and I didn't like it at all.

Question 18: Last romantic gesture from a crush, date, boy/girlfriend, spouse? 
(Or any kind gesture from a friend)
As a person, my boyfriend is extremely sweet and treats me so well, I love it so much. The last romantic gesture from him was cuddling me goodnight and falling asleep snuggling with me (which I usually struggle with since me and I get sleep twitches sometimes and we both roll about a lot in our sleep).

Question 19: Favourite celebrity?
I love Bradley Cooper as an actor. He's a really good one and I'd happily spend a day watching his movies. That, and I LOVE Candice Swanepoel and Katy Perry.

Question 20: What blogger do you secretly want to be best friends with?
In terms of big bloggers, I'd love to be besties with Zoella, Fleur de Force, Louise Pentland, Tanya Burr... You know what I mean, they all seem so lovely (even though I have met Zoe and Louise) and I'd love to be friends with them. In terms of bloggers that I know of, Shannon, Elly, Claire are definitely my favourite bloggers out there and I'd consider them blogger besties (although I do want to meet them all one day!).

Question 21: Who is your biggest inspiration?
My biggest inspiration is going to have to be my boyfriend. I know he's had a tough time in life and he's come out the other end and his response to it and to life just inspires me to take a leaf from his book. He's helped me through tough times (and put up with my weirdo ass for nearly a year) and I can't thank him enough for everything that he's done for me. I thank him a lot, but I honestly do mean it.

Question 22: What is your favourite blog to read?
I love Shannon, Elly and Claire's blogs so much. All 3 have different kinds of posts and ways of writing and I honestly do a little happy dance when I see that they've posted something new!

Question 23: What is your favourite high street shop?
I love New Look a lot, but I also love H&M and Topshop. Also, I love Ann Summers because they actually provide quality undies even if they are a bit on the pricier side!

Question 24: Are you in education or do you work?
I'm currently a second year university student and I did work over the summer at a care home, but I left due to mental health concerns.

Question 25: One thing you are proud of?
Honestly, I'm proud of how well I've handled my mental health issues the last three years. I've conquered severe anxiety, as well as numerous spouts of depression and I've come out the other end and I'm happy with the result.

I'd like to nominate 5 other bloggers to follow on the tag and (hopefully) answer these 25 questions!

Feel free to follow me on Twitter: @chloemtommo, Instagram: @chloetommo and BloglovinHave an amazing day!

Blogmas Day 19 - Dealing with a sudden loss

Note: This post will contain mentions of mental illness/mental health/death/mentions of death. Please take caution when reading and if you're triggering by reading about mental illness - please do not read on. Also, whatever ways I suggest for dealing with MH is how I deal with things and they may not work for everyone! As well as this, I am not a qualified mental health practitioner/counsellor/psychiatrist.

Evening everyone, and happy Blogmas!

Today I want to talk about something which I've had to deal with recently, and that is a sudden loss. I know it's a sad topic, but it's something which should be addressed and talked about.

Recently, someone from my school year had passed away and that was a total shock to the system. Nobody expected it to happen since as a person, they were always laughing and making jokes, and making others happy. This literally proves that no matter what someone could be going through, not all pain is physical.

As of yesterday (the 19th), I found out that one of my university housemates unfortunately passed away very suddenly due to illness, and this was a complete and total shock to myself, my other two housemates, her friends, family and fellow political followers. 


In my life, I've never really lost anyone close to me and I do consider myself lucky in that aspect, but at the same time, I feel like I need to know how to prepare myself for when the time comes, and that's what this post is about. Losing someone very suddenly is a shock to the system, and usually when I receive bad news, I struggle for a reaction. I'm kind of just like "Oh..." and sit in silence until it hits me a few hours/a day later.

One thing I realised I need to do is to not get emotional. This is very hard, since I am a very emotional person. I was told this yesterday, but whoever it is that has passed, they would want you to be happy and think of the good things you and that person have done in life and to focus on that. They wouldn't want you getting upset that they have passed.

Another thing I also need to do is to try and not dwell on it. Again, another hard thing to do but the more you think of what's happened, the more upset/depressed you may feel and that isn't good. Distracting your mind is a good thing for this, and what I did when I found out the news of my passed housemate the first thing I did was cry. I cried on and off for a few hours but distracting myself did help. The things I did were talk to my family members (like my mum and brother), as well as playing games on my phone or laptop. This helped calm me down and relax my mind.

Upon finding out when someone from my school had passed, it hit me very hard even though we weren't exactly friends. It was a shock to the system and I still send all my love to his family and to his girlfriend. I do not know 100% what had happened, but I seen a lot of people talking about mental health surrounding his death. Suicide is a hard thing to have to deal with, especially if it's a friend or a loved one. If it's something which has given you signs of trauma, please seek help. Whether it be temporary counselling, or something like that - please take it. You may think you don't deserve it or need it, but recovery from a type of trauma (whether it be from any kind of death) like that needs to have some form of help.

I wrote this post regarding the passing of my university housemate, Lily, who I will definitely miss. She was one of the reasons I got into politics and I met her through my other housemate Cat, who I'll always thank for giving me the chance to meet Lily. 

She was a lovely person, caring and considerate. Her passion for politics was definitely there, and the amount of work she had put into politics in her life is outstanding and seeing the amount of love which was spread on social media following her passing from those who she knew through politics was amazing to see. That political passion was also inspiring for me, because it shows with hard work, dedication and support, you can make a difference to things, as well as getting a good grip on something you love.

I only knew her for about a year, but it was a good year and I will thoroughly miss her company, chats with her about games and politics and the atmosphere she brought with her everywhere she went. RIP Lily, heaven's gained an amazing and beautiful angel.

Thanks for reading today's post and I hope that December is good for you.

Feel free to follow me on Twitter: @chloemtommo, Instagram: @chloetommo and BloglovinHave an amazing day!

Blogmas Day 18 - My Festive Candle Picks

Good evening everyone and welcome to Day 18 of Blogmas! It's getting SO CLOSE to Christmas now, I can feel it.

Today, I'm going to share with you my festive candle picks, because who doesn't love a good candle - right?

Baylis & Harding Wild Blackberry & Apple 3 Wick Candle

This has been my winter scent for 2016. It's fruity but festive and I honest love it. I bought it from ASDA for £8 (which you can also buy here) and it's also a 3 wick candle. It says it has 30 hours burning time, but I've had it lit for less than that and it's hit well over halfway in terms of burning. Personally, I'm not usually a fan of fruity scents, but there's something about this one that I literally just adore so much that I actually bought my mum one as a birthday present last week.

Yankee Candle Christmas Cookie

Christmas Cookie™
I loved this candle last year as my brother bought me a small one as a Christmas present. It's so sweet and festive, as well as it makes me really hungry. It's a beautiful candle and for a large one from the official Yankee Candle online shop at the moment is only £11 rather than £21.99 - a bargain for a large candle really. I wish I had this one this year, because I miss the scent but knowing me, I couldn't ration it and it would be all burnt out quickly.

Yankee Candle Candycane Forest

I smelt this candle very recently, and I love it. The scent is totally refreshing and I am very tempted to pick one up soon. I saw this candle in Wilko and Asda for £13, which is a bit pricey for the size of it, but I've not smelt a candle like this. It's so minty and literally smells like an actual candy cane or a mint humbug. Totally recommend to those of you who like refreshing and a bit sweet scents!

George Home Decorated Jar Candle in Golden Vanilla

For £5, you can't go wrong. It's a nice vanilla scent, and I really love the packaging it comes in. It's so festive and the look of it is so simple and adorable. It's only in Asda (or online here), but who doesn't live near an Asda, right? 

Yankee Candle Merry Mint Chocolate

Image result for merry mint chocolate yankee

I smelt this candle in Asda and it actually smells like After Eight's. This one has the same prices as the peppermint one and are also sold in Wilko and Asda, but also maybe some other places. I wish I picked this one because it smells so good, and I really am tempted to get it. Since I'm watching what I eat in terms of sweet foods, nobody says I can't smell sweet things to my hearts content?

I hope you enjoyed my festive candles and are inspired to pick up some of these!

What's your favourite Christmas scent? Do you even like candles? Have you tried any of the ones I've picked?

Feel free to follow me on Twitter: @chloemtommo, Instagram: @chloetommo and BloglovinHave an amazing day!

Blogmas Day 17 - Blogger essentials

What's this? Two Blogmas posts in one day? I know, shocking for me. But yes, hello, and welcome to Blogmas Day 17! Hope you all had a lovely week/weekend and are excited that Christmas is literally so close now!

For today's Blogmas, I wanted to share with you all what I consider 'blogger essentials', or things a blogger would want to give themselves the inspiration to keep creating amazing posts, or for new bloggers to create their own blogger space. There won't be loads of things on here, because people can do good blog posts/create ideas without these items, but they're just nice to throw out there and make them known!

Note: Photos used in this post ARE NOT mine, so credit to the rightful owners.

  • Journals and notebooks - Only recently have I actually invested in a journal/notebook and I do not regret it at all. I actually regret not getting one sooner. I'm currently using one from Home Bargains for #ProjectMH and it's doing great of keeping me on track, as well as noting down names of people involved. I found some gorgeous ones online on Etsy, like a MOLESKINE "list of awesome things" 64 page notebook for £5 (from here) and this gorgeous A6 one for £4 (from here)
MOLESKINE® journal; 'my list of awesome things to write about', a must have for writers, bloggers, editors and all curious, creative minds!
MOLESKINE 64 page notebook for £5
A6 - Bloggers Gonna Blog - Notepad
Bloggers Gonna Blog A6 journal for £4

  • Weekly Planners - I have seen SO MANY of these around, and I really need to invest in one because in all fairness, they look gorgeous and are super good for organising yourself when it comes to blogging. MiaFelce has been a shop on Etsy which I've seen around as of late and holy cr*ap, this weekly planner is beautiful (view here, and for £10, you can't go wrong really!). Or if you fancy something simple, there's an instant download planner for £1.55 from DoortjeDesign (here). I also really like these ones because there's a nice bit of room to write (especially if you have big handwriting like me) and it comes in a variety of colours, only for £1.20 (here).
Instant download sheets for £1.20 by BloggingBling
    Planner by MiaFelce, £10 for 50 tear off sheets

  • Motivational prints - I love these because there's nothing more than reading a motivational quote to get the creative juices flowing and a blog post to come out at the end of it! From spellandtell on Etsy, there are so many beautifully motivational prints which I adore and wish I owned - I know if I had one of these in my room, I'd be so motivated to do blogging. I also like a print from VeraLaLune (also from Etsy) which is a infamous quote which is "She believed she could so she did". I love that so much, because it not only gives me motivation to blog, but just for everyday life (here). It's only £2.75 and for decor, that's not a big price to pay.
I'm a blogger. What's your superpower? // blogging print // typographic blog wall art // blog print // blogger print // blog wall decor
Spellandtell print for £7.50+
She Believed She Could So She Did Card - A6 Card With Inspirational Quote - Great For Bloggers - Typography Style
VeraLaLune print for £2.75

never give up print // inspirational print // black and white home decor print // motivational print // minimalistic wall art
Spellandtell print for £7.50+
  • Memo boards - I love these and I wish I had a space for one. I've seen some gorgeous ones around, and I found one on Etsy from LongBeachDesign for £40 (here). I know it's expensive and I wish I could find a cheaper one, but I honestly couldn't.
Wire Display Memo Board
LongBeachDesign Memo board for £40

What does your blogger space look like? Do you have a blogger space? Does it give you sprigs of inspiration? Let me know in the comments!

Feel free to follow me on Twitter: @chloemtommo, Instagram: @chloetommo and BloglovinHave an amazing day and be prepared for Day 18 and 19 of Blogmas tomorrow!

Blogmas Day 16 - Festive Playlist

Hi everyone and welcome to Day 16 of Blogmas! I know this is over 2 days late but due to different circumstances I postponed Blogmas until now.

So today, I'm going to share with you some festive tunes to add to your Christmas playlist to really get the festivities going. Some of you may have a lot of these already, but these are songs which can't be missed this season!

  1. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Frank Sinatra
  2. Fairytale of New York - The Pogues
  3. All I Want for Christmas Is You - Mariah Carey
  4. Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee
  5. Jingle Bell Rock - Bobby Helms
  6. It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas - Michael Bublé
  7. Do They Know It's Christmas? - Band Aid
  8. Merry Christmas Everyone - Shakin' Stevens
  9. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - The Jackson 5
  10. Last Christmas - Wham!
  11. I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday - Wizzard
  12. Merry Xmas Everybody - Slade
  13. Driving Home for Christmas - Chris Rea
  14. Do You Wanna Build A Snowman? - Kirsten Bell
  15. Let It Go - Demi Lovato/Idina Menzel
  16. Mary's Boy Child - Boney M.
  17. Santa Baby - Eartha Kitt

What is your favourite Christmas song? Have you got into the festive mood yet? Let me know in the comments and follow me on Twitter: @chloemtommo, Instagram: @chloetommo and Bloglovin.

Hope you're all having an amazing December and are really looking forward to Christmas.

Blogmas Day 15 - Why it's okay not to be okay

Note: This post will contain mentions of mental illness/mental health. Please take caution when reading and if you're triggering by reading about mental illness - please do not read on. Also, whatever ways I suggest for dealing with MH is how I deal with things and they may not work for everyone! As well as this, I am not a qualified mental health practitioner/counsellor/psychiatrist.

Hi everyone! Happy Thursday and welcome to Day 15 of Blogmas.

Today, I want to talk about something which people don't realise sometimes or seem to forget, and it's that okay not to be okay.

People associate mental illness with being weak, broken, fragile... The list is endless. What people don't realise, that those who are suffering are strong - because they're still living, breathing and existing. Recently, I've seen more hatred and spite towards those with a mental health related issue, and that is not fair. Why do we as sufferers or those who are advocates need to stay quiet about what we believe in? If we tweet about fighting the stigma, we want respect in return and support, not to be told that we need to 'get a grip', or to 'stop overreacting'.

Despite the hateful messages you read, or the comments that get told to you - please remember that it's okay not to be okay. Nobody is perfect in the slightest, and the people who say that they haven't had one problem in life is a total liar. We all have our personal struggles, and how we deal with them as people is our own ordeal. If you want to brush things under the carpet and say you're okay, that's the way you deal with it. If you want to seek professional help, that's the way you deal with it. We as sufferers and advocates shouldn't be judged based upon our reactions to things.

I made a fatal mistake in high school after a traumatic experience happened, and I told someone who I thought was a trusting friend, and instead they decided to blab to a lot of people in my classes and I got bullied for it and called a liar. At the time, I felt like this had ruined my life. Honestly, it felt like the world crumbled around me. It was a mistake to trust that person, but at the time I didn't know who to talk to. I was laughed at for crying, turning up to my lessons -  basically judged and laughed at for my reactions upon dealing with something which traumatised me so much that it made me start feeling anxiety for the first time in my life. I felt awful and that I shouldn't be allowed to feel this way.

 Reflecting on myself now compared to back then, I've really learned that I know who I can and can't trust, as well as the fact that I know now that me experiencing depression/anxiety is okay, and that it doesn't make me a weak or broken person (even if I feel it). 

Be who you needed when you were younger. It's that simple, quit trying to be someone you hated back then...:

The ignorance that exists when people try to fight the stigma is awful, hence why people won't want to come forward about the issues they are dealing with. They will think that they are the outcasts in society and that they're the ones who are the problem, when sometimes, it's the society that is the problem. However, the ones suffering need to realise that those fighting the stigma aren't going to stop, just because the hate which gets spread is careless words that are full of negativity.

If you are struggling with mental health, please do not be afraid. It's a scary time, I know and you may feel like you have no-where to turn and haven't got a clue where to go, but there are so many people to talk to: friends, family, Mind, timetochange, Samaritans, MH advocates... There's an endless list for you.

Please do not let hate get to you. Easier said than done, I know, but letting the hate get to you will only wind you up and make you feel worse than you are. Reacting to them will give them satisfaction and will make them carry on (what I learned when I was being bullied). 

Worry about loving yourself, instead of loving the idea of other people loving you.    Give Them A Voice is an advocacy foundation.:

The battle you're fighting is a personal one, and it will be something which will end. If it isn't better, then it isn't the end. Remember that even though you're struggling, you're still a brave and amazing human being and deserve the best in life. Please do not forget that.

We need to fight the stigma, and as long as I'm around, I'll try my hardest to do that.

Do you participate in fighting the stigma? What are your views on mental health? Let me know!

I hope you're enjoying December so far and are excited for Christmas!

Feel free to follow me on Twitter: @chloemtommo, Instagram: @chloetommo and BloglovinHave an amazing day!

Blogmas Day 14 - Ultimate Christmas Wishlist

Good evening everyone, and welcome to Blogmas Day 14!

Today, I wanted to create my December/Christmas wishlist, where money is no object (hence the word 'ultimate'). It's nice to have the "finer things in life", but I do fine just without them, but I do like to treat myself to a few luxuries now and again - I mean, who doesn't?!

I've seen a few of these floating around this month so I thought that I would do it too, since it's nice to share wishlists, because others can get ideas for gifts they may want to base something on (for example, getting a cheaper version of something I've put here, but please remember, this is meant to be a wishlist for if money wasn't an object and I had endless amounts).

(Top row L-R)
Cropped t-shirt (Calvin Klein/Topshop) - £45 // The Dreamer Henley Pyjama (Victoria's Secret) - £49.55 // Scandalous Eau du Parfum 3.4 fl oz (Victoria's Secret) - £70.91 // Morphe Brushes 35OS 35 (Morphe) - £21 // Better than sex mascara (Too Faced) - £19 // 

(Bottom row L-R)

Paints in the shade "Bamboom" (MAC) - £19 // Believe A5 notebook (Paperchase) - £8 // Dazzling Daisy Band Ring (Pandora) - £75 // Rose Gold Tone Watch (Michael Kors) £229 // Gazelle suede trainers (Adidas) - £75

Personally, I love all of these different things, and they're all things I'd love to receive as gifts. But hey, it's a wishlist for a reason, right? I have an Amazon wishlist also which is mainly full of Game of Thrones things/gamer things/books and random t-shirts/tops which I like.

However, in these wishlist, I've seen a few of these things in person and I've been tempted to splurge and get them, but I haven't. In a way, I'm glad I decided against to splurge, because there are dupes for things like these everywhere - just knowing where to look is the thing. I have two dupe Pandora rings, one of the silver tiara and one of the February birthstone, and they look exactly like the real deal. It's insane how dupes can be so similar to the real things that you can't even tell the different.

What is your wishlist like? Do you like the things which are in mine?

If you could have one thing off your wishlist, what would it be?

Feel free to follow me on Twitter: @chloemtommo, Instagram: @chloetommo and BloglovinHave an amazing day!

Blogmas Day 13 - Dear Little Me

Note: This post will contain mentions of mental illness/mental health. Please take caution when reading and if you're triggering by reading about mental illness - please do not read on. Also, whatever ways I suggest for dealing with MH is how I deal with things and they may not work for everyone! As well as this, I am not a qualified mental health practitioner/counsellor/psychiatrist.

Welcome to Blogmas Day 13 everyone! For the post for today, I wanted to do something personal and MH related, so I decided to write a letter to my younger self, which I also want to show my future child(ren).

"Dear Little Me,

For now, things are going good for you and you've not got a worry on your plate. Nothing bothers you and you're a happy, optimistic and friendly little girl. I wish this was going to be an all positive story to tell, but it's not going to be.

You'll have your friends, a close knit family and a good life. Everything will seem perfect and you won't have a worry in the world. It's easy for you as a kid, especially when your family care so deeply for you. But unfortunately, when time goes on, things will change.

You'll start to grow up, the friends you've got now will blossom and grow towards other people and you'll be lost a little bit. You'll find new friends when you turn 11 years old and move up to high school. Things will be different there, although, will get harder. 

You'll experience some things which should never happen to a human being, and that will make you a bit unstable, confused and withdrawn for a while. Just know, when it's all over (and it will be), you'll be the strongest girl of your age. You may not believe me, but you will. 

With everything that you've gone through, you'll feel like you've had to grow up a little too fast - that's okay. 

Be careful who you trust, because you will make a few mistakes and it'll back fire. It's a learning curve and you'll feel like you have nobody to talk to, turn to or hang around with... But you'll know who to trust. You won't know why, but it'll be there in the back of your head, that feeling and that voice telling you that "You can trust this person". You need to believe that.

Family circumstances will begin to get difficult too, and things happen for a reason. High school will be a drag for you, especially due to the people who are bullying you. Please remember, that it will stop and I'm happy to tell you that you won't see them ever again - you just need to hold on that little bit longer. The friends you have now in high school, they'll be there for a while but soon you will drift and sometimes make contact with one or two, but even thought you guys don't talk much, they'll still be your friends.

Going back to the family stuff, it's going to get a bit... Messy, unfortunately. You're going to be strong during this, although when you turn 19 years old, it'll dwell on you a bit - but you'll still be fine. You also may think that there's nobody in life that is for you, but there will come a day when everything seems dark, you'll have a source of light and that'll change things for you.

The time to leave home at the age of 18 and move to university will come, and it won't be easy for you. Anxiety will be your enemy while you're trying to pave your way into adulthood and into being a student. You'll struggle to adjust to the new setting, but you'll have good friends and eventually a good relationship to see it through and make it enjoyable for you. Your grades will be better than you thought in the second half of your first year, but the first half of that year, your grades won't be as good. This isn't your fault, okay? 

I know you'll blame yourself because it's what you do, but those grade results aren't to do with you - even though you did write the assignments. Things will be going on where your focus, concentration and emotions won't be part of your work and going to lectures. You'll hit your rough patches, but you'll also shine like the star you were created to be.

2016 will be a very up and down year for you. There will be things that you'll enjoy and that will make you happy, but there will be your downfall for a little while. Depression will hit you and it'll take over for a tiny part of your life. This is not the end, though. 

You're going to be at the starting line of the rest of your life, and it's okay to not know what to do. You're going to be like other people in that aspect, but don't worry about it at all. It's all part of growing up, unfortunately. 

Your story will inspire people though and you're going to really want those who are struggling with difficulties themselves. Please continue to do that. You're a smart, empathetic and approachable - use that and go forward in life.

Don't stop believing in yourself.


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