Wednesday, 31 December 2014

What's in a year


2014 has been both uncomfortably long and stupidly short. I always find it amazing how that can happen. Certain periods seemed to last forever, like the summer wait for exam results, and yet the time up to exams seemed to go in an instant (leaving me feeling rather under prepared).

I'm kind of astounded by all the things I've done this year, and yet equally somewhat disappointed that I didn't do more, as ever. In all honesty, I don't really remember the first few months of this year, and I'm pretty sure it's because they were rubbish and so I've blocked them from my memory. I think I was bummed out with school, somewhere I've always hated, and I was also being put under far too much pressure (story of my life).



By the time we got to March, things seemed to improve a little more, and I think I began to ignore all of the people who wanted far too much from me and decided to just enjoy myself a little. March was actually the most productive month I'd had with blogging so far at that point in time, and I think that was when I kind of fell in love with it. I got to meet the lovely Pixie Lott at a single signing, I went to the zoo with a bunch of my friends, and I also saw The Wanted on their last tour. It was just a month when I actually felt quite content for a little while. I was doing things and kind of learning more about myself.



Obviously nothing can stay good forever, and by April the pressure to do well in my studies was back. I only actually had two remotely encouraging teachers in year 13; one of them was really lovely but just didn't really seem to get me and understand everything, but the other was a complete blessing and one of the nicest men I've ever met. He actually made me believe in myself a little bit, rather than constantly tearing me down and telling me I could do better. I did do a few fun things in April, like seeing McBusted (who I'm actually seeing again in 2015) and celebrating my 18th birthday, but other than that it was literally all revision. May was spent in exactly the same way, with the only good thing that happened being that the only topic I really understood came up in my history retake (woooo).


June was quite dull too, although it did mean the end of exams, which is not something to complain about. However, the end of exams meant that the two month+ wait for results began, and there was no longer anything I could do to improve my chances of getting into UoB. However, I think June was when I really started to get into music blogging; I'd done a couple of posts on music before, like gigs and talking about an album or two, but June/July was when I realised just how much I loved writing about the thing that I loved the most. I did a little post on one of my favourite bands, The Icarus Account and wrote about Ed Sheeran's x, before writing about a lot more music in July and August. It always feels so personal for me to write or talk about music, because it genuinely means the world to me and I would not function well without it, so I think initially I was kind of reluctant to post what I'd written, because it was everything. But I fell in love with writing about it in the same way I fell in love with listening to it, many, many years ago. And it just started to feel natural. Because it was.




The second half of August and most of September were kind of a blur, I got accepted into my first choice of university in the middle of August, and from then on I actually had to start getting my life together, packing and getting ready to leave home. And leaving home is probably one of the best things I've ever done, so much so that 'home' doesn't really feel all that much like home anymore, but neither does Birmingham, so I'm not really sure if I belong anywhere these days haha. I didn't really address me leaving home on my blog until I'd been gone for a month or so, because I just wasn't sure if I felt completely comfortable with it yet, but then I mentioned my change of location on here, and I think that's when it became more real to me, and I started to loosen up more and make the most of where I was and what I was doing there.



(this may well be my favourite picture ever)

The rest of the year's been me working hard and just trying to enjoy myself. And it hasn't gone too badly really. A lot of people tend to enjoy the beginning of the year the most, as they're following new years' resolutions and bettering themselves, but for me it really seems to be the opposite way around. I think it just takes me a while to get used to anything new, but I've started to learn to just embrace everything and make the most of it. And that's what I hope to do next year too:
Keep on discovering myself and everything I love.
Fall even deeper in love with the sounds that make everything worthwhile.
Make more time to read for inspiration rather than just for my course.
Work as hard as ever.
Don't let the pressures of others take over my mind again.
Remember that at the end of the day, this is my life, and I'm going to make what I want of it.

Tonight I'm going to be having fun with my friends, and then tomorrow afternoon I'll be catching up with my family to celebrate my Grandad's birthday.

I hope that everyone has a great time this evening with their loved ones, and that all your plans for the new year come together perfectly.


Until next time.


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Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Haaaaappy Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even the-


Oh.

Happy Christmas everybody!

I think in a bunch of places it will already be Christmas when I'm posting this, but right now for me it's Christmas eve, and I'm sat/lying on the floor in the living room with my dog, and everything is calm and serene. My Dad and I are currently waiting for everyone else to get home so we can have our Christmas Eve Indian takeaway (probably the only tradition we actually have).


Not really entirely sure what I'd like to say here, but hopefully I'll just work it out as I go. I guess it's gonna be reflective (eh).

So, I'm not sure about anyone else, but for me I think this year's probably been the busiest of my life; because of that it feels like it's just swept past and I'm not even sure how it's December already, let alone how it will be 2015 (seriously, what the heck) in just over a week. There have been a bunch of ups and a bunch of downs through the past twelve months, but here we are. We managed another whole year. Who'd have thought huh?

This year, I turned 18, went to the zoo twice (score), met Pixie Lott (who I love so much), finished my A Levels, went to a bunch of concerts, became best friends with my mum, moved away from home, started at university, met like a billion new people, read like a hundred books, and made it through my first semester alive.

I think that's pretty impressive to be honest but whatever.

It would be cool if I could come up with other stats like: consumed one thousand trillion calories worth of chocolate. As horrified as I'd be, I'd also be so, so proud lolz.


Whereas most people think Christmas is the best time of year ever, I've not always been so convinced. Like, there's loads of great food everywhere and that's great, like really, you can't fault that at all. But I think it just reminds me of everything that I still haven't done if that makes sense, like this year's basically over and there are still a hundred things I'd like to do. Obviously there's always next year, but there's always next year every year, and at some point you are going to run out of next year's. As well as that, Christmas tends to remind me of the people who aren't here to spend the festive season with and that can make me feel quite sad sometimes.

Well that just lowered the positive tone of this post.

Also though, I have this thing where I'm ill on around 56% of Christmases (genuinely (although it's probably not actually 56%, but generally just a lot)), and so I'm looking at tomorrow with caution. Like, I want to believe it's going to be a nice day with my family, but I just can't convince myself it will be. I have a feeling it's because I always try and power through and get on with everything between September and December, and then when I finally have the chance to stop I just get sick because it all catches up with me. And that really sucks. But I was really ill at the beginning of November, and I'm kind of hoping that means I'm done with illness for this year. So fingers crossed I'll be fine and everything will be as nice as it can be.

But, there are some things that I really love about Christmas, like the fact that all my friends are around in our hometown at the moment, and it's a chance to see some of my family and catch up with them too. I'm also quite the fan of the cold weather, and long walks in my big coat. I mentioned the food already, but I think that's a really important thing that you just can't talk about enough. I just like the togetherness, even though I'm someone who quite likes being on my own. It's just a nice reminder of the great people you have around you.

(my brother's snapchat pic of us Christmas shopping the other week)

I feel like I should follow this up with a new years' resolution post, but there's nothing that I really want to change at the moment, so nahhh. Like, I think I'm doing alright, and there's nothing new that I would feel comfortable doing as of now, so I don't really see the point if that makes sense.

There are a lot of things I'm looking forward to in the coming year though; given, most of them are concerts, but hey, they're what I love most. Nothing beats live music in my eyes (and ears).

Anyway, I hope everyone has a really lovely Christmas, and I'm wishing you all the best for the new year.

What are you up to over the Christmas period? Any favourite things about the season, or anything you're not looking forward to so much? Are you making new years' resolutions? If so, be sure to let me know; maybe you can inspire me to come up with one or two of my own.

Until next time.


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Monday, 1 December 2014

November Favourites

Haven't done a monthly favourites since August, because I wasn't really overly into anything new, but now there are some new things (and some old ones that are just very important to me (I'm talking about the crackers)) so I thought I'd share them, woop.


Song: Long Way Home (acoustic) - 5 Seconds of Summer


This is the prettiest thing I've heard in a while. It's well established that I've got the biggest weak spot for anything acoustic, especially when the guitar's at the heart of it. And I loved this song already, as you'll know if you've read my 5sos album review (plug), so it's just the ultimate version of it really. So impressed with this, definitely check it out if you haven't. It's on the ep for Good Girls which you can find on iTunes here. If you listen to nothing else today, listen to this; I don't know how you could regret it. So. Pretty.


Album: FOUR - One Direction


Lolz, I freaking love this album. So many boys and bands going on this month, lord help me. I always think, surely 1d have got to do some really, really bad songs at some point, but they just don't seem to???? This album is so good, I can't sing its praises enough (bar one song that I'm not into, but that isn't important). I did a review of the album here if you'd like to see just how much I like it, and it's on iTunes here. Cool.


Film: Cruel Intentions


After reading Laclos' Les Liaisons Dangereuses, I watched the film Cruel Intentions, which is based on the book. It's actually a fairly good, modernised interpretation of the text, so I was quite impressed when considering them in relation. Also it's got some really good actors in it, including Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ryan Phillippe. If you ever have to study the book, I'd definitely recommend watching the film, as although a lot of the characters are given different names and the plot is changed to an extent, it's definitely useful in understanding the text as a whole.


Makeup: Urban Decay Naked Palette


Having had the Naked 3 palette since it came out, I was keen to try some of the older Urban Decay eye shadows, and fell completely head over heels with the original Naked palette when I was in Selfridges last month and just couldn't leave it behind. The 3 is great, don't get me wrong, but I struggle to make use of a lot of the pink toned shades, as they don't really work overly well with my irritatingly green eyes. But the original would work perfectly for anyone. The shades are all gorgeous and the same high quality as all of Urban Decay's other shadows. Sidecar and Naked are my favourite of all of them. Would definitely recommend the palette, and although it's fairly expensive, it's well worth the money (just left lusting after the Naked 2 now ahhhh).


Nail varnish: Barry M Gelly Hi-shine in Blackberry


Swear I literally hardly ever use any other brand of nail varnish.
I've taken a brief step away from black this month (what????), and gone with a deep blue instead; I know, it's not exactly much different, but at least it breaks up all the black and grey I wear with a dull glimmer of colour. Lolz. I really like this colour; I've always thought blue nail varnish wouldn't work for me, like, it just felt wrong, but it's actually very right. I'm a big fan. Navy's a great nail colour. And of course, all of the Barry M Gelly nail varnishes apply well and last a good week. And they're really inexpensive, so well worth the purchase.


Skincare: No7 Beautiful Skin Night Cream (Normal/Oily)


I feel about thirty years older for using it, but wowza does it make my skin feel nice. It's so creamy and feels so nice on my face. You literally just have to use a little dabs worth on each cheek and that'll do your whole face. Seriously, it feels so good. When I don't use it I really notice the difference. Definitely one worth trying if you haven't. And all the No7 stuff is hypoallergenic so it works well with pretty much all types of skin.


Food: Crackers


Crackers are great. They've always been great and they're something I've always eaten but I've liked them especially throughout November. There was a stressful few days towards the middle of the month where I ran out and just didn't have any time to go and buy any more, but as it was a matter of urgency, I pulled some strings so I could get down to Sainsburys. Jacobs' Savours are some of my favourite (they make me feel as happy as chocolate).


Health: Benylin Dry Coughs Original


This stuff saves lives. Well, maybe not quite, but practically. I was so ill for the first few weeks of this month and this is the stuff that's kept me from coughing thirty times a minute, twenty-four hours a day. To be fair, it has faults: I did wake up coughing in the night numerous times, but obviously it has to wear off (sadly). It's meant to make you drowsy, but I can't say I noticed (I'm always tired, let's be real). But if you've got a crappy cough, ask a pharmacist about this and see if it could work for you.

Another somewhat odd favourite is the lighting in my kitchen; it's really great for blog pictures and I've only just realised.

Anyway.

What are some of your favourite things this month? Have you tried out anything new that's worth talking about? Let me know, as I'd love to hear what you've been loving recently. If you've done a favourites post of your own then send me a link :)

Until next time.


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Friday, 28 November 2014

How I save a bad day from ending badly


Bad days happen.

To some people, unfortunately they're very frequent, and to others they come on occasion, but regardless of when or how often they happen, they suck.

So I thought I'd share how I usually try to save a bad day from ending badly.


I like to try and find some way to be productive. Whether that means getting on with whatever work I need to do that's bringing me down, or doing a heap of reading and getting ahead. I feel good when I feel accomplished. So I generally just try and get everything on my to-do list done plus a load more.

Let's talk food/drink. Hot chocolate is a life-saver for me; like, it tastes amazing and it makes me feel warm inside (well duh), but it just makes me feel happier. I love that stuff. Sometimes I will turn to the junk food and just be like if I don't consume some form of chocolate (could be hot chocolate to be fair) right now then I will have a breakdown. But usually I just eat fruit. There's something about fruit that I just find quite comforting, so whereas a lot of people's comfort foods can often make them feel worse, mine usually picks me up. Fruit salad is good because I actually have to prepare it and I find the chopping up stuff part quite relaxing somehow.

If I've had a bad day then I will either want to be left completely alone or I'll crave company of some kind, whether that be spending time with people or just talking on the phone with my mum for a while. Unfortunately there's no in between so sometimes if I'm with people I will just have to leave and get out of wherever I am. And that's an okay thing to do. But sometimes I will want to just be with people, even if we're not talking, just because it can be quite comforting to know that there are people there.

Walking is something that always calms my mood. If I'm really stressed about something, or if I'm feeling really rubbish, the best thing for me to do is drop everything I'm doing and go for a walk for a couple of hours. Sure, when I get back everything I need to do is still there, but I feel like I'm in a much better state to put my mind to it and get it done.

To be honest, the main thing is music. If I'm sad, or in a bad mood, or just feeling down for some reason (equally if I'm happy/in a good mood/feeling good), then I will turn to music, because it is kind of the thing that holds my whole life together (sometimes I wish that was an over-exaggeration but it's just not). A lot of times I listen to songs that will make me feel worse in some way, just because it means when I stop listening I'll go back to the level of bad I was feeling before but it'll feel like it's not quite so bad. I don't know, it seems kind of dumb and backward but it just helps sometimes.


I think that's probably it to be honest.

Although also if it's your sister's birthday so you know there will be cake when you finally get home for the weekend, that'll always leave your day on a high note too (that's today for me, yay).

Is there anything you like to do when you've had a bad day? Or do you go to some of the same things as me?

Until next time.


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Friday, 21 November 2014

All the tall things


Literally why didn't I name my blog all the tall things, that would've been a genius move, I'm so stupid, damn it me, for goodness sake, really missed a trick there.

Anywho.

I'm really quite tall, and so I thought I'd mention some of the pros and cons (and there are quite a lot of cons). So, yeah, here are all the good and bad things that come with notable height (at least in my case).


Pros:

Feeling like a bit of a superhero when someone asks you to reach something on a high shelf for them (especially when it's in a supermarket or a shop where some things really are too high)

Long legs can never really be seen as something negative despite the fact they're easier to trip over; longer strides mean you move quicker, less chance of being late

Easier to spot in a crowd so even if you can't find your friends they can probably find you

In a crowd at a gig, you've got a pretty good chance of actually being able to see

Being considered older, which is sometimes pretty useful; literally from the age of about 12/13 there were people who thought I was 18

Intimidating men that would probably intimidate you if you were shorter

Netball in school was always pretty easy with the height advantage


Cons:

Long legs are probably easier to trip over just because there's more to them

Attract attention more easily ew

Actually having to mind your head when there's a 'mind your head' sign

Also always whacking your head when you stand up from your seat on a bus

Generally just whacking your head

Cute short boys sigh

Finding clothes that actually fit properly and are long enough is nearly impossible

Broad shoulders (all of the sighs)

Sometimes you might actually want to wear heels but you don't want to seem like even more of a giant

You know when people tell you you've gotten really tall since they last saw you? They do it every single time they see me and I can safely say I have not grown

Mirrors are always positioned too low down so you have to crouch to check you don't have food in your teeth

Public transport/cinema/lecture theatre etc seating - there's never enough leg room

Bending down to take a photo with friends (my best friends are both around 5'2)

Hide and seek can be really tough


Are there any other things you like/dislike about being tall? Or maybe about being short? Be sure to let me know :)

Until next time.


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Saturday, 25 October 2014

Change of location


I live in a different place ahhhhh help.

Just over a month ago now, I packed up my stuff and moved about an hour and a half north to the city of Birmingham. And it is so very different to where I live at home.


My home town is rather small and surrounded by lots of countryside, whereas Birmingham is so much bigger and busier. I moved due to starting at university, and I live in a halls of residents, which is only about a five minute walk onto campus, something very useful, especially through the cold winter months.


I think leaving was probably one of the hardest things I've ever done, as I've never lived away from home before, and the longest I've been away from home at any given time is about a week. I think that was what made it most daunting: the fact it was something I've never done before. I read John Green's 'Paper Towns' in August, which I mentioned in my August Favourites post, and the quote that's really stuck with me is: 'It is so hard to leave- until you leave. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world.' And it's honestly so true. Because once you're gone, you're gone. Obviously you can go back, but it just becomes easiest once it's happened, and while you don't forget about what you've left behind, you think about it less when you're not there.


Birmingham is a really great city, with so much going on, there's always something to do if you want to. Live music is my favourite thing ever, and Birms is such a good place for it. I've already had two of my friends come up to stay with me to go to concerts, which you can read about here and here, and I found it really comforting having had them here. Like home's still lingering even though I'm not there. It's a nice feeling.



I've been lucky in that all three of my flatmates are nice enough, although at times it's a bit loud when I want to be sleeping. I think that was probably one of the things I was most concerned about though, because essentially I am living with people who were complete strangers not much over a month ago, which is an odd thought, but the other people I've met who live in our halls all seem okay too.

I enjoy the independence of living, essentially, on my own, more than I initially thought I would, with the only downside being I have to do all of my cooking and cleaning haha (and the cooking really isn't great). I've found that Friday/Saturday nights are a good time to do washing though, so that's handy as almost all the machines are usually free. The cooking thing, I just, it's never going to go well. I don't like cooking, so anything that takes longer than twenty minutes to make isn't worth it haha. Baking's always worth the effort though.


One of the best things about moving has been meeting international students, which was something I hadn't thought about at all before actually meeting them. I find other cultures so interesting, and so I've loved finding out about them and where they're from. I've met people from Canada, China, and even Australia, which is literally the opposite side of the world. It's quite surreal, but I'm so glad that I braved through the moving stress and everything's fallen together in an okay way.


There are of course downsides to moving to a place where you don't know anyone, and the not knowing anyone part has definitely been the hardest. I am really not very good at making new friends, and I find talking to new people quite daunting and generally just uncomfortable. That's been the ultimate hurdle overall. And having such great friends at home makes it more difficult to find new friends, basically because it seems nobody else is going to be as good.

But anyway, happier things.


Probably my favourite building that I've seen so far in Birmingham is the library. It is sooooo beautiful, both in the architecture and design. And my favourite place is Cannon Hill Park, where I actually went to a gig a couple of years ago with my two best friends (who are the ones who have already visited). I really do love it there. It's lovely to just walk around, or sit by the pond and read a book (something I do at home all the time, so I'm glad I've found somewhere I can do it here). It's about a twenty-five minute walk from where I live, but I love walking, so it's really, really pleasant, and mostly nice and quiet.


Some of the days seem really long and I literally end up thinking the stuff that happened in the morning actually occurred the previous day, whereas other days seem to slip by so quickly. A few Sundays ago, I went to the library in the morning/early afternoon, came home, went through emails, had lunch, planned an essay and sorted out all of my folders; and it didn't feel like it was going all that fast, but then I looked at the time and it was 5pm. Productivity does sometimes pay of it seems haha. But I still felt like there were so many more things I'd wanted to do in the day. Weird. I kind of like it though, because if I were at home I know I'd end up getting distracted, probably by my dog, let's be honest, or my mum would ask me to go out and do something with her. So in that sense, being somewhere I don't know many people is actually kind of useful.


I'm happier than I thought I would be here, to be quite honest. Initially I was terrified I would completely hate it and want to go home straight away, but it's not been that bad, thankfully. There are times when I crave the comfort of home, and mainly my dog, but other than that, I think it could be going worse. My classes are fairly interesting, some more than others, given, but yeah.

It's okay.

I'm such a convincing person hahah.

Have you moved away from home recently or started at university? Or are you going through the ucas process at the moment and considering where you might like to go? What do you want to study; which cities look most appealing? Let me know, and who knows, maybe I'll be seeing you around in the not too distant future.

Until next time.


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Thursday, 9 October 2014

Autumn


I love autumn.

From the colours of the leaves, to the rain as I fall asleep, to hot chocolate being an appropriate thing to drink.

I love it all.


And it only really hits me how much I've missed autumn when it comes around again. I don't hate any season, but I can safely say I'm not the biggest fan of summer; sure the sun's nice every now and again but I don't really like too much of it. Whereas I can take numerous cold days if it means I get to come home at the end of the day and huddle under my duvet with hot chocolate and a book. It's too hot for that in summer, and in England summer's usually really muggy and humid and horrible. Eh.

Autumn may well be my favourite season.


I went on a walk to one of my favourite parks yesterday and only then did it really hit me that autumn had seemingly happened. There were orange leaves discarded everywhere, and the wind whipped my hair like I don't know what. It also rained half the time, which is something I find really calming; just what I needed at the time.


I've seen a lot of people doing the autumn tag, and so I thought I'd answer some of the questions here :)


Favourite thing about autumn?

It might actually be the clothing. You can wrap up in loads of layers and still not end up feeling too hot. I like that. And hot chocolate of course, although I do drink it all the time anyway.

Favourite scent/candle?

I like the smell of wood burning, at a campfire or a bonfire. I don't know, it just feels autumnal and like there's a clash between the warm and cold.

Best lipstick

I'm scared of wearing bright lip colours so I pretty much avoid all the colours that most people would go to in autumn with the reds and plum shades haha. But I do like Revlon's Lip Butter in Pink Truffle, which is quite a deep red/pink colour. How daring hahah.

Go to moisturiser?

No7's Beautiful Skin Day Cream.

Go to colour for the eyes?

After pretty much not adding any colour to my eyes over spring/summer, I'm back into the browns/greys/black.

Favourite music to listen to?

I don't know why, but I get really into Mayday Parade and Ron Pope in autumn/winter (well, even more so than usual). And loads of different songs by various artists. I don't know. I like music all the time.

Favourite outfit?

Dark skinny jeans, a jumper, ankle boots and a scarf (plus a warm coat if it's really chilly).

Autumn treat?

It sounds so weird but soup. Like, it doesn't sound like a treat but I tend to forget about any kind of warm food during the summer, so then autumn comes around and I get out the vegetable soup, and it tastes better than ever. Yeah. And roast dinners, although I'm not capable of making those myself, so I'll have to wait until I go home. Those, and mini marshmallows for hot chocolate, woop.

Favourite place to be?

Either at a park, in a cosy cafe or in bed. Also maybe the shower.


What are your favourite thing about autumn? Is it your favourite season too? Answer these questions too and let me know :)

Until next time.


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Friday, 19 September 2014

Blenheim Palace


You may or may not know that I am from the county of Oxfordshire in England, and one of my favourite places ever is within that very county. I haven't been there in so long, and so Mum and I thought we'd take a little trip before I headed off to university.

Blenheim Palace is one of those places that you never forget once you've been there. It is stunning far beyond any words I can come up with. I am utterly in love with every part of it.

And I was actually in Blenheim house at school in year 13 so there's an extra bit of sentimentality about the place now.

I just love it, completely, entirely and unconditionally.

We didn't have time to go around the whole palace and gardens in the one day, as we had to be home in time for other events in the evening, however the great thing about Blenheim is, once you've bought a day ticket, you can convert it into an annual pass for free. I think this is so useful, especially since we live so close by and can easily go back any time. We're already planning our next visit!

Unfortunately my dad had left the camera on a strange setting so a lot of the photos I took turned out far too dark to make out properly, and there was also no flash photography inside so there weren't any good pictures from there, buuuut here's some of the better photos I took:


Starting things off with an ootd, duh. It looked like it would be so cold in the morning, but the jumper turned out to be a mistake and it ended up being so warm.


You can buy your tickets using Tesco clubcard points just in case anyone's interested in going but not wanting to spend loads of money visiting (that's what we did!) It's also cheaper for students if you can provide some sort of id.








I found an odd couple of indoor pictures on my phone, so here those are.




The library was my idea of heaven.





We then went and ate lunch in a little cafe near the entrance called the Oxfordshire Pantry, where we had paninis and studied the brochure, plotting our route through the gardens.







I love being by water so the lake is my favourite place on the whole estate, and it's huge.





The rose garden was gorgeous.

We got on the little palace train to go over to the pleasure gardens where the maze and butterfly house were.


As beautiful as all the butterflies were, it's safe to say Mum and me were left somewhat traumatised by the butterfly house. Neither of us are really fans of having things flying around our heads anyway, but a really creepy looking butterfly decided to land on Mum's bum... yeah. She was so panicked and I didn't want to knock it off of her, so luckily a nice man pushed it off for her, but as he crouched down to look at it and brush it away, he said, 'oh goodness, it's a big one!' and a lady behind us literally thought he was just looking at Mum's bum, so there was a lot of laughter. We left the butterfly house soon after to avoid another fit of giggles.


The last thing we did at the palace was get lost in the maze; literally. At one point we actually managed to lose each other, but luckily met up again shortly after. We must have been in there for a good half an hour negotiating our way around.

I would recommend a visit to Blenheim Palace to anyone from anywhere if you can get there, because I think it's just so worth it, and there's so much history to learn about. The staff are all friendly and helpful, and make the whole experience even more enjoyable. I can't wait to get back!


Until next time.


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