Sunday, May 24, 2015

Recommended Online Reading for Vintage Style Enthusiasts

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I recently decided to virtually invite some of my Facebook friends who I knew liked vintage to "like" a bunch of vintage-themed Facebook pages and blogs that I thought they might be interested in. After a while I thought I was probably bombarding them with invites so I stopped and thought I might take a different approach to sharing the sites that I have found to be so inspiring and useful as a fellow vintage style enthusiast. I realised that I hadn't ever published a list of links that included these pages, on the blog, And, that maybe it's about time I did.

The links below are a selection of some of the best vintage blogs (In my opinion), most informative sites, helpful YouTube pages,  fun Facebook pages and inspiring image sharing accounts. Whether you wear vintage full-time or just sometimes, whether you dabble in vintage or dive into it, whether you are new to vintage or well acquainted with it, I hope that there is something useful or inspiring in these recommendations to suit you.

BLOGS:
I have decided to list blogs first because I feel like blogs are really insightful and that bloggers can have more of a practical and realistic take on vintage style. Most bloggers are also on social media, but I have chosen not to link all of their accounts as you can usually find these links quite easily on their blog.

Chronically Vintage
Jessica from Chronically Vintage is probably one of my favourite people on the internet. She styles some beautiful outfits, she shares informative links, she writes themed style posts, she posts old recipes and she has a lot of useful tips for dressing in a vintage style. I have shared links to some of her blog posts in previous posts of mine, And I think there is a lot of useful information on there to recommend it again. Jessica also has an Etsy shop that sells the cutest vintage brooches and gloves.

Retro Chick
Retro Chick is possibly the first vintage blog that I discovered on the internet. I really enjoy reading about Gemma's adventures and I really enjoy her tutorials. My favourite part of this blog is 'The Lazy Girls Guide' which has some helpful ideas on how to look sharp when you are short on time or effort.

The Girl with the Star-Spangled Heart
Stephanie from The Girl with the Star-Spangled Heart makes some of her own clothes, which is really cool. She also makes period costumes and styles some pretty rad outfits. My favourite part of her blog are the Capsule wardrobe posts, that show you don't need to own a million items of clothing to have a versatile vintage wardrobe.

Singing Bird Vintage
Jenny has some pretty cute style and outfit posts on her blog. I've only recently discovered her blog, And I really like it. If you are looking for some timeless style inspiration I recommend checking out Singing Bird Vintage.

Esme and the Laneway
Marianne from Esme and the Laneway has an old-fashioned sense of style with a modern twist. Her blog mostly consists of posts about her adventures, outfit posts and beauty purchases. My favourite part of her blog are the beauty posts because I'm a beauty junkie.

Gracefully Vintage
Kayla mostly uploads outfit posts. She sews some of her own stuff and she wears a lot of vintage reproduction clothing. Her blog is a great place to discover repro brands. I really like the photo shoots that she does and I think she has a great sense of style.

CiCi Marie
CiCi Marie  is a blog filled with outfit posts an useful tips. CiCi wears a lot of Vintage Reproduction and lets you know her thoughts on the experience of purchasing and wearing items from those brands. I adore her cute vintage-inspired style and I recommend the blog to any petite vintage wearers as she has some good tips for flattering styles that suit.

Bobby Pin Blog
Bobby Pin Blog is the blog of the author of one of my favourite vintage makeup books. Lauren Rennell's the Author of 'Retro Make-up' doesn't post there often, but I like to follow the blog anyway and keep an eye out for any of the scanned vintage hair/make-up guides she shares. I would also highly recommend following her on Pinterest.

Nora Finds
Nora is one classy dame. She shares vogue-worthy outfit posts, cool places to shop and she hosts some cool vintage giveaways. Her blog is on Tumblr.

Land Girl 1980
Land Girl 1980 is another vintage blog based in the UK. Her blog features book reviews of Historical Fiction, Costume Era Movie/TV Reviews, Historical Recipes and more. I highly recommend the 'Hair' section to people with long tresses, which is about different methods of setting your hair in curls.

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YOUTUBE:
Youtube is a great place for make-up/hair tutorials. There are plenty of vintage inspired channels and individual videos, but today I thought I would only share two of them and these are probably the most useful.

Lisa Freemont Street
Ashley from Lisa Freemont Street is a skilled Make-up artist and Hair-Stylist. If you want to learn anything about vintage hair-styling then I strongly recommend her channel! She also does product reviews/favourites and Vlogs of trips to events. My favourite videos of hers are the ones where she does looks inspired by Hollywood stars/movie characters and vintage cartoons.

Cherry Dollface
Cherry Dollface's channel is a mix of all kinds of things. Cherry is a pin-up model and she is more into the Rockabilly/Pin-up scene which I know is not every vintage gal's cup of tea. I decided to recommend it though, because she does post some tutorials that I think would be useful regardless of your style. My favourite things to watch are her modelling tutorials (which are helpful for pin-up competitions or if you are going to any photo shoots) and her style/vintage fashion tutorials (which include a cardigan styling video and a winter clothing recommendation video).

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SITES:
There are some websites out there that are a wealth of information. I still can't believe how much information is out there on the net that can be viewed for free. If you are ever looking for some different authentic looks or you want to learn some cool trivia about vintage make-up then these are the places to visit:

Glamourdaze- Vintage Fashion Archive
Has scanned beauty guides from years gone buy, style guides from 1900s-1960s and a fashion film archive. I am always fascinated by articles such as '1940s War Fashion- Liquid Stockings', '1920s Make-up -The Silent Film Vamp- Myth Exposed' and '100+ Years of College Girl Fashion'. I also highly recommend checking out a beauty guide or three...

Vintage Dancer
Vintage Dancer  is a bit of a vintage style shopping search engine. I like this site because of it's detailed fashion history and era-specific style articles. 'Saddle Shoes Through the Decades', 'Vintage Dancing Photos' and '7 Easy 1920's Mens Costume Ideas' are just some of the intriguing articles Vintage Dancer has to offer. I also really just like drooling over the Repro stuff that I can't afford...

Queens of Vintage
This site is a bit of a joint effort and it has vintage everything. There are reviews, posts about interiors/style, they introduce you to their favourite bloggers... The list goes on. If you are looking for more lovely vintage ladies to follow on social media, then check out the 'Top 100 Queens' section.


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FACEBOOK PAGES:
While most of the above Blogs, Websites and Youtube Channels have their respective social media accounts, there are a lot of other cool Facebook pages I like to follow. I know some people don't like following a lot of pages and that's totally their call, If you're anything like me though, you probably follow more pages than people and are totally okay with that. Here are some of my favourites:

Lady Hollywood
This page is not 100% written in english, but it has some awesome pictures. Mostly pictures from old movies or old promotional pictures for films. If you like old movies than this page is for you.

Audrey Style
For the Audrey Hpburn fan. This page shares pictures of Audrey, fan art, style sets, videos and other fun things.

Vintage & Geek
For those who not only like the vintage style, but also have a bit of a nerdy side as well.

Pin-up Style
This one shares some pictures from Pin-up shoots and some cool repro stuff.

By The Vintage Seaside
Vintage Pictures of people at the beach. This page is just a bit of fun and it puts some sunshine in your news feed.

Living Fifties Fashion
This page mostly shares old vogue pictures.

I'm Old Fashioned-Vintage Everyday
Features pictures of Hollywood stars and a few other bits and pieces.

Idda Van Munster
Idda is a pin-up model with a classic style. Her make-up is flawless and she is a bit of a Pin-up style icon.

Vintage Life
This is the facebook page for a magazine. I don't subscribe to them (atleast not yet), but I enjoy their daily memes and have shared many of them.

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PINTEREST and TUMBLR:
When you really want to get inspired sometimes you just want to flip through images. Pinterest and Tumblr are helpful for coming up with costume party ideas, new make-up looks or for special events. I also search Pinterest for tutorials and recipes... Here are some of my favourite vintage inspired accounts.

Rexanna Calentine
Follow all of the retro boards and you will forever be inspired. There are so many images on here...

Besame Cosmetics
This is the Pinterest board of that make-up company. There are some great boards on this account. I love the 1920s board the most.

My Vintage Vogue
Is an archive of scanned clippings form old magazines and such. And a total dream for the vintage obsessed. There are a lot of old advertisements and photo shoots.

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Please feel free to share some of your favourite vintage sites in the comments.

Your Favourite Blogger,
Natalie

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Autumn Favourites: Beauty/Style/Music

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I thought it might be time to write a post about my seasonal favourites. It's not quite the end of Autumn yet, however I usually write these things when there are a few weeks of the season to go. A lot of these favourites are products that I've only started using recently. I went to an Agriculture Trade Show for work and I bought some beauty products to travel with, that I really enjoyed. 

I've also done a fair bit of Itunes and CD shopping. This is mostly because of getting back into dancing and experimenting with different music. I have also re-discovered some old favourites. So I have a fair few music favourites for Autumn. 

Like I said in another recent post; it has only just started to cool down, so the kinds of products I have been using have changed a lot over the last couple of weeks. This might not be the most informative favourites for that reason. I've been a little busy with different things and I'm hoping to catch up on some blogging soon, but until then I hope this is enough. Feel free to let me know your favourite things in the comments.

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SKINCARE:
  • My face isn't exactly looking great at the moment. I've got a fair bit of acne and I think it's due to a combination of a few things which include not drinking enough water. I've tried a bunch of different beauty products, And, I have no idea if some of them are working because of how new they are. I will let you know the names anyway though. I started using the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel on my face. My skin is covered in blemishes, but it's also kind of sensitive and dry... And, I thought I would try out the whole theory about how your skin creates oil because it's dry... It soaks in your skin, so it actually feels like you have nothing on and it makes your skin real soft. I still like the feeling of having something on my skin though, so I use another moisturizer on top. At night that other moisturiser is the Good Things Manuka Honey Daily Moisturiser
  • I have been using the Garnier Pure Deep Pore Wash . I don't know if it works that good, but I like that it foams up. I've tried mixing in tea-tree oil with it like I used to with my Neutrogena stuff, but it doesn't foam up as much if you do that. 
  • I have also been using the St Ives Smooth + Hydrated Oatmeal Scrub. It makes my skin feel super soft afterwards and it's not really harsh on my skin like some scrubs are. 
  • I have been using the Avon Naturals Blueberry and Orchid Body Wash which smells amazing and makes my skin feel clean without irritating it. 
  • I have really been loving the Avon Skin So Soft Signature Silk Body Lotion which has macadamia oil in it. It is really nice especially now that the weather is cooling down. 
  • Before my Avon order came I was using the Derma Sukin Body Lotion and Body Wash. I really liked these items, but I think they are probably better in summery weather.
  • I recently tried the Natio Moisturising Sun Lotion SPF 50+ which I think worked pretty well. Admittedly I didn't go out in the sun heaps when I wore it, but it doesn't feel super gross on my skin and I didn't seem to be affected by the sunlight much at all. 
HAIR:
  • I started using the Schwarzkopf Extra Care Ultimate Keratin Styling Mouse recently. I really like how I could brush it out or wash it out without my hair feeling damaged or gross. I have pretty dark hair and I didn't have a whole lot of build up when I brushed it out which I thought was amazing. I don't think I will use this all the time as it is a little stiffer and heavier than the kind of hair product I like to use, but it is always good to have something like this for a day out or a night out. 
  • Not the last time I died my hair, but the time before that, I used a Garnier OLIA hair dye. I really like the conditioner that comes with it as it is so rich. I have only just finished using it, so it's a pretty decent size to get with a hair dye!


MAKEUP:
  • I've been loving the Revlon Superlustrous Lipstick in 'Rum Raisin'. It is a beautiful warm mid-toned brown colour. I think it's very flattering and it's a nice alternative to a cool toned Kylie Jenner type colour. 
  • I also really like the NYX Creamy Round Lipstick in 'Snow White' because it is the perfect maroon colour. Almost a dupe for Limecrime's 'Glamour 101'.
  • I have been wearing the Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in 'Pink Truffle' quite a bit. I love the nude colour and how conditioning it is.
  • I am also really impressed with the Avon Totally Kissable Lipstick in 'Mauve Allure' which is a really flattering mauve colour. It has SPF in it, but it doesn't taste yuck like some lipstick with SPF do. And, it actually does feel like it protects your lips.
  • I have been using the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in 'Bad to the Bronze' a lot lately. It's a cream base, but I still like to put a primer underneath because I have oily eyelids. It's a build-able medium bronze shade that you can wear with a lot of different looks. It's the kind of colour that can be worn by itself or used underneath darker shadows.
  • I recently tried out the Maybelline Mineral Foundation which I was really surprised by. It is a little drying and possibly a little darker than I would like, but it is good for daytime if you just want to blur some imperfections and warm up your skin. 
  • I re-discovered the Calvin Klein Velvet Blush in 'Flush with Desire' which I have had forever. My aunty gave my sister and I Calvin Klein gift sets one birthday or Christmas or something, And the blush in my set was a really flattering pink colour. One of those colours that suits most looks and probably most skin-tones. 
FASHION/STYLE:
  • I managed to get some Target Velvet Touch 40D Footless Tights on clearance because of a change in packaging. I forgot how much I liked these kind of tights. 
  • I am really liking medium-long skirts at the moment. They are perfect for this weather. 
  • I recently bought three pairs of Ballet Flats from Target that have padded soles. They were super comfy and affordable.
  • I also really like the Target Spa Aloe Vera Singlets they are the perfect length and they last ages. 

MUSIC:
  • I have been loving this Aussie band called The Preatures at the moment. My favourite songs so far are 'Cruel', 'Take a Card', 'Somebody's Talking' and 'Is This How You Feel?'
  • Red Hot Chilli Peppers 'Can't Stop', 'Dani California', 'Zephyr' and 'Factory of Faith' have been getting a lot of playtime in my car lately. 
  • Yeah Yeah Yeah's 'Sacriledge' and 'Softshock
  • 'Never Fade' Jack Johnson
  • 'Bang Bang' by Will.i.am.
  • 'Fool' Joe Brooks
  • I found my old jazz cafe cd. I really like 'Take Five' by Quincy Jones and 'My Baby Just Cares For Me' by Mel Torme.
  • 'Black and Gold' (Acoustic Version) by Sam Sparrow
  • 'Treasure' by Bruno Mars and 'Uptown Funk' by Mark Ronson (Feat Bruno Mars)
OTHER:
  • I am also really loving my retro beauty cases which came in handy for a recent trip. You might have seen these on facebook recently.
  • Music videos: whoever came up with the idea to make video footage to match music is really cool. You have to admit it is a kind of random idea. I could watch music videos forever. I think they are kind of comforting. 
  • I really like this nail colour I wore last week. It was 'Vacation Time' by Sinful Colors  and it was a brown/pink kind of colour. I have really been enjoying brown/grey type colours lately. I find them strangely flattering. 

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I feel like I've gone back to basics and that most of my favourites are things that are really "simple" and useful or things that I used to love a long time ago, that I just remembered. Such as the Jazz cafe CD that I got from a $2 store when I was in primary school. I think I would really like to listen to more jazz music. 

Your Favourite Blogger,
Natalie

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Pretty Picture Post: Waiting on Winter

Where I live, at the moment, it is technically Autumn. In North Queensland, in Australia, you don't tend to get a lot of cold temperatures or falling leaves like you do in the southern states. I call it Spring #2 and it usually isn't until the last month (or the last weeks of the second month) of Autumn that you can actually tell the season is changing.

It is starting to get dark earlier now, And it's starting to get a lot cooler in the afternoons. It is supposed to be cold tomorrow morning, though I know before lunch it will probably start to get quite warm again. For me, the end of Autumn is a time when coats are carried around and left in cars (in case it gets cold later), And dials on air conditioners or fan switches are fiddled with constantly; to get the temperature just right. It's a time when I start to forget about staying hydrated and using sun protection; even though I still need it. My skin starts to dry out drastically and I start to buy all of the beauty products.

I don't love cold weather, however I dislike this in-between weather.

I long for winter months, just because it means it will be easier to choose what to wear for the day. Cool weather makes me want to eat warm sweet foods and to spend time indoors enjoying my many hobbies. Though this weather also makes me want to go outside and enjoy the warmth of the sun. At the moment the weather is still warm enough for summer dresses, so I look forward to putting on some of the woolly clothing items that don't get much wear-time in this part of the world.

At the moment I am really starting to enjoy some of the more subdued "Fall colours". I don't usually wear seasonal colours, however I have really been enjoying greys, mauves, beiges, rust colours, brick reds, dusky pinks, browns and wine colours. I really like to pair these with metallics, black and dark greens or blues. I am really enjoying shimmery neutral make-up with a dark lipstick or a glossy mid-toned lip. I thought in this picture post I might share some pretty "Fall colours" type images (hopefully nothing I have shared previously). Quite a bit of black actually (mostly because of black&white photographs)...

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Many of the items featured in this post are not items that I own. I once owned a thick red winter coat which I never wore and ended up donating to a local charity. I don't own any real fur, though I have a fake fur collar and one fluffy pink cardigan. My winter wardrobe consists of tights, jeggings, cardigans and a few jackets that I can mix in with what I already have. There aren't really a lot of fall colours in there either (unless you count grey, beige and black). I am looking forward to wearing more "fall" type colours from my summer-wardrobe and attempting to mix them in with my winter stuff though. And, I am looking forward to donning every shade of Chocolate, Rum, Wine or Raisin coloured lippy.

I hope you all enjoyed the pictures I selected and that they inspire you in some way. 

Your Favourite Blogger,
Natalie

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Beauty Review: Milani Color Statement Lipstick

I had heard about the Milani Color Statement Lipsticks on Kathleen Lights Youtube Channel. I can't find the actual link for the video (I will share it in the comments if I do), however her channel is great anyway so I highly recommend you all go and have a watch if you've got time.  I started off with the colour 'Black Cherry' and I liked it so much that I decided to try more colours out. 

I buy all of my Milani products through Crush Cosmetics. They can also be purchased from Milani Website. They cost $13 AU each +postage. 

What Milani Says:
Bellissimo! You know how some (lesser) lipsticks look one way in the store, and then completely different in your bathroom mirror? Color Statement is the antithesis of that. A super-luxe, grown-up girl lipstick, it delivers true instant colour in a single swipe. Laced with vitamins A and C to hydrate and nourish, this collection is all about options: Corals and Reds, Orchids and Plums, Nudes, and Pinks. Trust us, you’ll want an entire wardrobe.

MY THOUGHTS:
I thought I would break this review up into a few sections so you can find out what you really want to know, easily. I have had these lipsticks for a while so I feel like I have a bit of an idea of the quality by now. I bought all of these online, so as you know it can be a bit of a gamble choosing colours online.


PACKAGING:
These Lippies have a fake gold coloured packaging. They are super light weight and have a bit of a plastic feel to them. At first glance I think they look kind of fancy. A lot of people have complained about the packaging, they say its cheap and they don't like how dirty the packaging gets. I haven't known too many products to stay clean of fingerprints and other make-up residue, so I think this is a common fault with a lot of brands packaging. I really like how they have put the colour and the name of the shade on the bottom of the packaging.

One thing that I don't like is the way they stuck the barcode on the side. They are really hard to get off and leave a sticky residue. I would prefer if the barcode was stuck on a clear plastic wrapper or if it was somehow permanently printed on to the product.



FORMULA:
There are two different kinds of lipstick in the collection that I have. Two of them are plain satin finishes and the other four are shimmer finishes. There are considerable differences in the formula of both finishes that affect the appearance, application and wear of these lipsticks. When I was buying them I didn't even realise there were different finishes. The only way to know is to look up swatches or to go on the Milani website and click on the individual colours.

Application:
These lipsticks don't have the creamiest application. They go on a little bit sheer and you do have to build them up to get an opaque colour. The lipstick has a strong candy smell. I think it smells like gumballs. Which might be off-putting to some. The smell doesn't linger though. 

Appearance:
The Satin lipsticks look more matte if you blot them. They can also run, so I tend to use a lip-liner. The shimmery lipsticks do not require a lip-liner. The shimmer lipsticks look quite nice as the shimmers are really fine, so from few metres away your lipstick looks more like it has a hint of gloss in it than shimmer. 

Moisture:
These lipsticks are not drying, but they aren't exactly moisturising either. If you have really dry lips, use a balm instead. 

Staying Power:
The Satin finish lipsticks stain the lips a little bit. They stay on for most of the day, but come off after hot drinks or oily food. The Shimmery lipsticks have the same amount of staying power, but they fade differently. The colour fades, but some shimmer is left behind on the lips.

Both of these finishes can get tiny clumps in it on re-application. Usually it's only one or two little bits and it's not much to fuss over. Sometimes after eating certain foods there are quite a few clumps, so I have to wipe most of it off and start again.


SWATCHES:
I'm not much of a selfie queen so I couldn't even find bad pictures of myself wearing all of these colours. I have worn all of the colours (except for 'Double Espresso') quite a bit though. There were a few weeks at work where I only alternated between these lipsticks and I completely forgot about my other ones. I've got an arm swatch, a link to a facebook photo and two photo's below.

From Top to Bottom:

- 'Double Espresso'
This is a really dark shimmery brown. It doesn't really suit me unless I am wearing full coverage foundation and mostly taupe/bronze type colours.

-'Chocolate Berries'
This is a really pretty shimmery dark browny-mauve. 

-'Chilled Brandy'
This colour is hard to describe. Kind of a red wine with pink shimmers... Here is a picture of me wearing 'Chilled Brandy'

-'Violet Volt'
This one looks a lot more purple on the Milani and Crush Cosmetics sites than it does in real life. I think it's really flattering. 

-'Black Cherry'
This is a satin finish lipstick in a dark wine colour. There are pictures of me wearing it below.

-'Sangria'
This is a Satin finish and is said to be a dupe for Mac Rebel (I wouldn't know though, as I don't own any Mac). Its a dark purple/plum.

Because these are darker colours I have to wear a little bit of make-up along with them to prevent me from looking like some kind of supernatural creature. I can get away with wearing 'Chilled Brandy' or 'Violet Volt' without accompanying make-up but the rest of the colours are too dark. In the future I would like to get more colours to try out, but for now this will do.

^ This picture was taken in natural indoor lighting. I'm wearing some foundation, bronzer, blush, lipliner, eyeshadow, mascara etc in neutral shades just to even out my complexion and subtly highlight some features.

^The same make-up, room and everything except this picture was taken closer to the window... I notice that photo's by the window are always more illuminated and are sometimes more blue toned. 

OVERALL THOUGHTS:
I think this lipstick is great for the price. It's actually pretty good whether you think about the price or not. I think the shimmer colours are definitely better and I would be more inclined to recommend those. I think there is a great range to choose from and that they last pretty well and look nice on the lips. 

I will post any more photo links for these lipsticks in the comments in the future.

Your Favourite Blogger,
Natalie

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Mini-Update: The Point of Dancing

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I love to dance, but I'm not a huge fan of some of the politics involved. Which is why I've decided to give up on Jiving and spend some time choreographing a jazz routine instead. I call it DIY dance class and it's turning out to be pretty fun. Tap dance class is a big maybe as I'm waiting for my teacher to get back to me on whether we have a class or not.

After hearing some of the discussion regarding dance schools in this town I think some people have completely forgotten the whole point of it all. I thought the point was to have fun, to enjoy the music, to learn new steps, stay fit  and to try your best. The most important part is to enjoy it, because it is a hobby after all.

I have been downloading some new Itunes songs and I've recently bought some new music that I'm enjoying mucking around with. Sometimes it's a bit surprising what music you can pair with certain styles. I love finding acoustic versions and remixes to dance to. I don't really have a reason to be making up a routine and I doubt I will be performing it for anyone. I'm just dancing because it's heaps of fun.

What is one of your favourite hobbies?

Your Favourite Blogger,
Natalie