8 Gifts for the Mermaid Lover in Your Life

Mermaids are currently quite the trend at the moments. From fashion, beauty and even homeware, the mythical sea creature is widely popular. Whether it’s a child’s fantasy or the throwback for an adult’s childhood, this trend is almost as big as the mystical trend of unicorns. I’ve seen so many adorable mermaid gifts lately that I thought I would share with you if you’re looking for something for the mermaid lover in your life.

Blue Mermaid Glitter Photo Frame // Shell Phone Case //  Shell Passport Holder // I‘m Secretly a Mermaid Bottle // Mermaid Crush Candle //Mermaid Makeup Brushes Set // Mermaid Backpack // Keep Calm and Colour Mermaids Book

What mermaid gift do you have your eye on?

Jazz is a Disney, tea and pop culture enthusiast with a passion for blogging. Also a proud introvert.

Mother’s Day 2017: Meals, Deals and More

Mother’s Day is this Sunday but worry not, you still have time to treat your number one to a wonderful day! I’ve been doing some snooping around and found some great deals and freebies that are just for mum (or the mother figure in your life) which she will love. Here are my Mother’s Day 2017 Deals.

Meals

Harvester

If you download the free Harvester app, you will receive a voucher for a free meal for mum after 6pm, providing at least one other main meal is ordered. Perfect for some pub grub. Why not check out the menu here?

TGI Fridays

A free glass of prosecco (or mocktail) is on the cards for mum at TGI Fridays. All you need to do is download the free app, which will be given a code for this freebie, where you will also be entitled to a free Mother’s Day appetiser.

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Jazz is a Disney, tea and pop culture enthusiast with a passion for blogging. Also a proud introvert.

Be the Belle of the Ball! 5 yellow dresses that channel Beauty and the Beast

Everyone finds Belle’s dress from the ballroom scene so beautiful and dashing and it’s definitely one of my favourite Disney princess dresses. So, I’ve decided to channel the art of Disneybounding and found some gorgeous yellow dresses inspired by Belle that are fit for any princess to pull off this upcoming Summer season.

Yellow Cornelli Dress

This gorgeous cornelli dress is perfect to frolic in the summer sun. I love the pattern which sort of resembles damask and reminds me of the decor inside the Beast’s castle. This is a perfect seasonal pick for the sunshine and great to throw in a suitcase if you’re heading off to a sunny destination.

Available from River Island for £25.00

Yellow Frill Skater Dress

For my Curvy Queens out there, this is a gorgeous summery dress with some beautiful butterfly prints. You can dress this in so many different ways. Up or down, smart or casual, the choice is yours!

Available from Simply Be for £11.00

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Zoella The Guardian

Zoe Sugg: the vlogger who is encouraging young people to improve literacy skills

If I said to you the name ‘Zoella’, you’ll probably have an idea who she is; whether it’s because you are highly active in the blogging and YouTube community or because you have a child/teenager in your family who is a fan of the 26-year-old Queen of internet and social media. She also gets a lot of tabloids trying to find any imperfection in the online life of the Wiltshire born, which brings us to today’s post; in how Zoella promotes literacy.

I recently read this article, which talks about how Zoella – AKA Zoe Sugg – is “blamed for declining teenage literacy”, to which I do have quite a strong opinion on. Not just as a viewer of Zoella’s YouTube channel, but in defence of the new millennial career via digital media. This isn’t the first time I’ve responded to an article bashing Zoe, but with such idiotic points in this article, I just simply could not bite my tongue.

Guardian writer, Zoe Williams, begins by mentioning that Zoella “has been blamed, along with other pedlars of unchallenging fiction – Jeff Kinney, of Diary of a Wimpy Kid – for declining teen literacy. She shouldn’t take this personally, as it was ghostwritten.”

It seems that Williams hasn’t done enough research here, as it was addressed by both Zoella and her publishers, Penguin, that this is a false claim. Zoe did have help in writing this book, but let’s just take a second to remember that Sugg does not hold any qualifications which indicates she is a professional writer. She did not go to university and did not study creative writing beyond Sixth Form. Does that mean she is incapable of writing a book? Not necessarily, but if she wanted to get her stories published, it would be a wise idea to have some help in ensuring her books’ content are all up to scratch in the grammar and to the standard that a publisher will be looking for. Sugg of course has a hefty following on social media, in particular her YouTube channel of over 11.5 million subscribers, so for her to release a book would drum up quite the interest to her loyal fans, thus promoting reading. It’s not really rocket science, is it? No, she may not be a complete wordsmith and her books may be of an easy reading level, but should we be bashing this? Zoella’s demographic is tweens to young adult and while we all like to think that every teenager is capable of reading a YA novel with these big and wonderful words, we know in reality this is not the case. Zoe’s books are quite easy to read and would therefore have an appeal on her fans who may not be the biggest bookworms.

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Jazz is a Disney, tea and pop culture enthusiast with a passion for blogging. Also a proud introvert.

My 2017 Bucket List

I’m not really one for resolutions. I used to make them when I was younger, but they weren’t of any real significance. However, there are things I want to do within 2017 which I wouldn’t really call resolutions, but just things I’d like to see happen. So, we’re going to call it my 2017 bucket list and go from there.

Go travelling

I wouldn’t say like pack my bags and go across Europe or something, but I’d like to just go places more. Maybe a trip to London, hopefully one to Paris or Brighton. Just get out of my usual surroundings. It’d be really nice to just go somewhere and enjoy myself.

Get a new tattoo

I really love my first tattoo, but I want to get another one. I’m not planning to get as crazily inked as my dad was, but I’d like a few meaningful ones. I’m not going to tell you the design I want to get, because I want to be a surprise, but it’s a small one and I’ve wanted it for a good while now.

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why feminism is important

Why Feminism is important to me

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feminism

ˈfɛmɪnɪz(ə)m/

noun

 The advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.

 

I may have mentioned it once or twice, but never really gone into much about why I’m a feminist and why it’s important to me. People often tend to see the topic as ‘taboo’ or really misinterpret what feminism is about. It is not something in which women are “man haters” or feel that the female gender is superior to the male. The female gender has been oppressed for as long as history can remember. Of course, not everyone is aware of the history and often tend to base it on “well, I don’t feel oppressed, my life is great,” or ” I treat women with respect, therefore there is equality,” which is rather closed minded. I can straight away admit that growing up in my life, it was a close-knit family and there was indeed a lot of respect for all genders. However, it’s when I began to finally socialise more, make friends out of my small, caucasian-based community that I began to really see the difference. In the last few years, I’ve made friends from pretty much every walk of life. Non-binary genders, LGBTQA+ community, different races, religions, rich, poor, famous, nobodies and you really begin to learn.

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Feminism is important to me. Feminism is important to me because there are so many consequences of being a female. Even if up in my life until I finally stepped foot out into the world I felt extremely privileged, you wake up and see reality. Feminism is important to me because when I or my female friends or family go out, we are told “to be careful” and “don’t walk alone” because there is a fear of being raped. Feminism is important to me because we as a society are teaching women to change how we dress instead of teaching men to not rape. Because approximately 85,000 women and 12,000 men are raped in England and Wales alone every year, meaning there’s roughly 11 rapes (of adults alone) every hour. These figures include assaults by penetration and attempts. And usually, there is very much a lot of victim blaming.

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My 2016 Favourites

Can you believe another year has come to an end? Because I can’t. I feel like everytime I blink, a whole 12 months has passed by. Insane. I’ve discovered a lot of things this year, so of course I’m going to do a post dedicated to them and rave about my love for these favourites.

Books

Tanya Bakes by Tanya Burr

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This is Tanya’s second book release. With the popularity proven with the baking chapter of her first book, ‘Love Tanya’, and major love shown for her baking videos, Tanya released this gorgeous book full of amazing recipes which are not too complicated and caters for her entire audience, both young and old. I tried a few recipes with my mother and I highly enjoyed making her  ‘Sunday Cake’ which was adorable to read about an old tradition. There are other recipes from her friends and family which really makes this book so personal. I can’t wait to try making other treats.

Available from WH Smiths for £11.89

Our World by Little Mix

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To be given the insight of life in one of the world’s biggest girl groups of this decade is really interesting. Keeping it real and not over glorifying the glitz and glam that fame brings, Jesy, Perrie, Leigh-Anne and Jade share a view of the world through their eyes. What’s really worth commending is that the girls don’t shy away from the struggles they face. Though their face on billboards and their music played worldwide, The 2011 X Factor winners are still very much down to Earth and openly discuss struggles they’ve faced that many of their fans can relate to. I highly enjoyed this book and getting to know the girls on a more personal level. Another enjoyable aspect is that they talk to the fans as if they are on the same level, rather than talking down as if they are more superior, which is always highly appreciated by fans.

Available from W H Smith for £7.99

Beauty

LUSH’s Rub Rub Rub Shower scrub

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When my friend, Lily, introduced me to this scrub, I was blown away. More so by the fact that it is an amazing alternative to typical shampoo and conditioner. It washes my hair so well and gives it a lot of volume. If you want gorgeous beach babe hair, this product used in the shower is amazing. I cannot get enough of it!

Available from LUSH  for £8.95

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Jazz is a Disney, tea and pop culture enthusiast with a passion for blogging. Also a proud introvert.

New year, new look!

Hey guys!

As 2016 is so close to ending (thankfully, not been the most spectacular year, right?) I’ve given my blog a major makeover. Not only have I gone all out with a new theme and social media designs, though – I’ve finally gone self hosted! I’ve been wanting to do it for quite a while now and this week, I’ve finally made the big step. Hooray!

I just want to say an enormously massive thank you to my friend, Alex, who has been the Fairy Godmother in helping me make all of this happen. I’m truly thankful for her because I literally couldn’t have done it without her. Make sure you check her out at Not A Clever GirlKeep It Nerdy and her photography site – she’s literally the best.

I’ve also recently hit 200 followers on my blog, which is so exciting! Thank you to everyone for all your support in 2016, especially to the blogging communities who have been so helpful and insightful when it’s come to me taking my blog more seriously. I’ve had a lovely Christmas and been inspired all week for new posts for 2017, so I hope you’ll stick with me in the new year!

Wishing you all the best possible ending to 2016 and a fantastic new year.

Jazz is a Disney, tea and pop culture enthusiast with a passion for blogging. Also a proud introvert.
Boxing Day Sales

My Boxing Day Sales Picks 2016

Dinner has been devoured, bellies are full and the Christmas specials are on the TV. The biggest part of Christmas 2016 is done and dusted, but now it’s time for one of my most favourite bits – the sales!

If you are a teen or young adult you may prefer to have smaller presents to open and then have money to spend in the sales, or just want to shop them anyway. I’ve done some research and picked out some of the best deals for this year.

FASHION

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New LookTopshop and River Island have already made a start in the game by opening their sales Christmas Eve. Up to a whopping 70% off across all departments including Curves, Petitie, Tall, Maternity, Mens and much more.

ASOS and Missguided are both offering up to 50% off across their websites including clothing, accessories and footwear. One of the big brands people are excited for is Next, who are offering up to 50% across the entire store.

Boohoo are also joining the sales with 60% off as well as H&M offering the same percentage off.

Very is another with up to half price across the entire site as well as fashion. Also in the sales, John Lewis are offering up to half price on womenswear as well as different departments having sales.

BEAUTY

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Debenhams are having an entire sale across all apartments, but most notably people are very excited for the beauty and fragrance sale, offering up to 50%. Joining in the half price sales are Superdrug, LUSH and Boots.

If you’re keen on high-end brands, you may be pleased to know that Illamasqua are offering up to 70% off on their online sale. Beauty Bay, Cult Beauty and Feelunique are also ripping off 50% of prices on their website.

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Blogmas Day 12: Films on TV Christmas 2016

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Can you believe it’s the last day of Blogmas?! I’ve had such an amazing time working on these blog posts and sharing them with you. I definitely think I’ll be doing the full 24 days next year.

Following from yesterday’s post, because there’s so much on over Christmas, I decided to dedicate a separate post to what films are on. So for the final post, here’s what movies you need to know about being on this Christmas.

Christmas Eve

A Christmas Carol

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Jim Carrey’s animated take on the Charles Dickens’ classic magically transports you back to the 19th Century to tell the tale of miserable old Ebenezer Scrooge and his pure hatred for the festive period. While a story many of us have come to know, it’s one you can never grow tired of, especially with the fantastic animation of this movie version.

Airs 11:30AM on BBC One 

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

This fantasy sequel of ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’ sees the Pevensie children summoned to return to Narnia to help Prince Caspian fight the dark forces of the despotic Lord Miraz.

Airs 2:15PM on BBC One

One Hundred and One Dalmatians

My favourite Disney film! The Disney 1996 animation is what made the breed so popular and well loved (and is the reason behind my huge love for them… and owner of four in my 21 years.) Join Pongo and Perdita in an extraordinary journey to find their beloved puppies after the evil Cruella De Vil captures them for her no good selfish plans involving fur fashion.

Airs 4:20PM on ITV

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Jazz is a Disney, tea and pop culture enthusiast with a passion for blogging. Also a proud introvert.