Autumn Tag

As you all know, I really love autumn!  It’s just so cosy and I really love to be cosy.  Now that I’m on my half term break from school, which started on Wednesday 18th (quite early, but I’m not complaining!), I figured I’ve got some time for some extra blog posts and I’ve decided on doing the Autumn tag.  I’ve seen this floating around for years now, and never managed to source an official set of questions as I’ve noticed everyones vary somewhat.  So, I’ve basically compiled a list of any that I could find on google from all over the place, and I’m going to answer them for you all.

What signifies the start of autumn for you?

Honestly, as soon as my August birthday is done, I am more than ready for autumn!  What really signifies the start of it though for me is smelling everyone with their wood burning stoves on, which I find happens almost every night as I’m walking home from school.  When there are leaves on the floor and the air in the morning is really crisp, that’s when I know autumn has begun.

What is your favourite Fall scent?

Anything which has cinnamon in it.  Something that is spicy, because that always helps to get me in the mood for Christmas too!

What is your favourite Autumn colour?

I love mustards and burgundy, but also cream/oatmeal coloured knits!

What is your favourite Fall drink?

I’m not big on hot drinks to be honest, but I am partial to the odd hot chocolate. My favourite hot chocolate is the dark forest hot chocolate, which tastes like a dark forest gateaux! It also has cream, cherry sauce and a cherry on top; it’s lush.

What TV show, new or old are you looking forward to this Fall?

Well, as we all know from this post, Riverdale has come back and it  made me very excited!  My thursday evenings are now filled with Riverdale sessions, and I couldn’t be happier.  Another TV show I’m looking forward to is the second season of The Crown on Netflix which is coming out in November!

What is your favorite Fall fashion trend?

Really cosy jumpers.  I have a huge jumper and I love wearing it because it’s so warm.  Wearing jumpers is my favourite thing, and I love that I can do it in Autumn so often because the weather is perfect for it!

What is your favourite frugal Autumn activity?

As anyone who knows me will know, I’m not big on going outside and much prefer the comforts of my own home, however I do love an autumn walk, hunting for conkers and acorns and pinecones, taking pictures of all the colourful leaves and just being cosy in the cold is lovely!

Are you a bigger fan of Thanksgiving or Halloween?

In the UK, we don’t celebrate thanksgiving but I do love Halloween.  I’ve always remembered it as very special since I’ve been a little girl; the old street I used to live on was always so festive!  Everyone used to decorate their houses for the trick or treaters, and I always loved getting dressed up and wearing spooky makeup.  Now I’m 15, i don’t go trick or treating anymore (mind you, I would if I didn’t think that little kids would find it scary having me out there!!) but I still love carving pumpkins and handing out sweets!

How close do you sit to the fire before you get too hot?

Honestly, I would climb inside our fire if I could!  I’m permanently cold, so whenever the fire is on (it is now, and I’m about a metre away on the sofa and lovely and toasty) you can always find me pretty close by!

Do you make hot chocolate from scratch or from the packet?

I usually use packet hot chocolate (Cadbury is, and always will be the best) but I’ll almost always dress it up with cream on top and marshmallows if we’ve got any!

Do you make hot chocolate with milk or water?

Um, milk? I don’t understand people who make it with water: I was forced to warm myself up with watery hot chocolate one chilly morning on DofE and it was pretty rank.  I’ll always use milk, and sometimes if I’m feeling really fat, I’ll pour in some double cream too: it makes for the loveliest, creamiest hot chocolate EVER!

Do you enjoy feeling the cold air, or do you wrap up warm?

I love the fact that it is cold in autumn, but I like to protect myself from it at all costs.  I’m constantly wrapped up in millions of layers whenever I exit the house, but somehow I still manage to find myself pretty chilly!  I do love the crisp air in the morning though when I’m walking to school, it really wakes me up!

Do you go pumpkin picking?

I usually buy my pumpkins at the supermarket and I’ve never been pumpkin picking, but I would really love to!

Cold rain or dense fog?

England’s weather is very unpredictable so we never know what we’re going to get (cough cough, Ophelia and your red sun that made everyone think they were going to die for a brief moment) but I love both.  Cold rain is not something I’d opt to venture out in, but I really love sitting inside and listening to rain on the windows, but dense fog is always super spooky and cool.

How good are you at pumpkin carving?

I’d like to say I’m pretty skilled.  With the help of a stencil, I’ve been able to create a few really cool designs on pumpkins!

Favourite autumn candle?

Has to be Yankee Candles Cosy By The Fire.  It’s really nice and spicy and one of my favourite, warm scents.

That’s the end of all my questions I’ve found!  I’m not going to tag anyone, but for those of you who are reading, if you do want to do this tag then you totally should!  Leave me a link to your posts in the comments!

Soph xx


Why I Love Me Tag

I am so excited to write this post.  An amazing friend of mine, Tash from ThoughtfulTash, has created an amazing tag all about self-love and realising that you are amazing (which I am all for, seriously who doesn’t need some self love every so often) and it is so important.  Tash is amazing for tagging me to do this tag because I want to get this out there to all you guys so you can do it too, it’s amazing!  We are constantly tearing ourselves down as a society, so it’s important to make us realise our self-worth every once in a while!


  • Post the award on your blog
  • Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you
  • Leave a link to the original tag creator (ThoughtfulTash) to get a bit more info about WHY this tag has been made!
  • Write 10 things you love about YOURSELF and WHY
  • Nominate at least 5 other bloggers
  • In the comments of the blog post, spread more self-love with compliments to each other! THE MORE LOVE THE BETTER!


  1. I Love…Being Tall –  Okay so I’m not the tallest girl I know, but I am pretty tall and I really like it.  I feel like it’s so much more convenient for me; I can reach everything in tall spaces and I don’t have to worry about not being able to see things.  I mean it does make buying jeans really hard because I have the gangliest spider legs that exist with really long arms too so everything is just a little bit short on my arms and legs but hey, tallness is cool.
  2. I Love…My Freckles – I’m the most typical pale girl covered in freckles and oh my god sometimes I totally despise them, but recently, as I’ve been getting (dare I say it?!) a slight tan, they’re blending into my skin a little bit and I really like them.
  3. I Love…My Spontaneity – Look, don’t get me wrong I am so anti social it’s insane but I like to think I’m quite spontaneous; I don’t zoom out on cute, instagram worthy adventures at the drop of a hat but I’m quite adaptable and I can be persuaded to do something pretty easily?
  4. I Love…My Love For Animals – I adore animals (apart from spiders and wasps, I could never see them again and it would be too soon) and I would never be able to live without them!  I adore my cats (here she goes again, a fifteen hour-long rant on her cats) and literally all other animals are so great and pure.  Give me any animal and I will love it so much.  Plus, people who love animals are easier to trust, right?
  5. I Love…How Outgoing I am – I can get along with everyone, even if I don’t really like them (please don’t be deceived by this – I like you all!) and I feel like I’m quite an easy to get along with person myself.  I mean I’m probably not and everyone is probably screaming at me like ‘no we hate you’ but at least I can think this and how much I appreciate that quality of myself!
  6. I Love…My Humor – I am incredibly sarcastic, if you couldn’t tell, and I often put myself down with a good old self-deprecating joke but I secretly love to joke about myself and I laugh at basically anything.
  7. I Love…My Love Of Makeup – Well doesn’t this sound a bit shallow?  Am I desperate to find things to love? Maybe. NO!  Here’s the thing; I am so unartistic it’s just mad like I can’t draw a cat it’s that bad.  But, I feel like since I invest a lot of time and money into makeup and my face sometimes looks like a bit okay and well done. Sometimes my eyeshadow looks passable and it makes me feel nice and confident, plus I really enjoy doing it so yeah, I love it.
  8. I Love…My Resilience  – I bounce back very easily from difficult and stressful situations.  If something bad happens to me or something remotely stressing then I feel like I get back up and deal with it head on without trying to ignore it; very little effects me and makes me feel down really.
  9. I Love…My Eyes – I’ve always thought my eyes were a bit weird, they’re all the ‘generic’ eye colours (I say very loosely).  They are blue-green and they have a weird  brown tinge to them round the pupil.  I never really liked them but more recently I’ve started to enjoy them more!
  10. I Love…My Blog – As much as I’m the worst at producing decent content or actually updating my blog, I love it and feel like it’s a part of me.  It’s really helped me over the years to gain confidence (even though I wasn’t a super shy person in the first place) and to improve writing skills.  It’s just an experience I don’t think many people get to go through (even though they totally could and should!) and I’m really glad I’ve got it as part of me.


  1. Marble Beauty 
  2. Okaaythen 
  3. Pale Girl Rambling 
  4. Elly, A Hufflepuff’s Thoughts 
  5. Skyyjade

Of course, these people I have nominated but if you want to do this tag then please feel free!  I am so happy that Tash created this, it’s such an important tag for people to do!  Everyone needs a little self-love every so often!

Soph xx



Bloggers Recognition Award

Hey guys,

The amazing and wonderful and lovely Alanna over at I’m A Galaxy Girl has nominated me for the Bloggers Recognition Award!  Alanna is one of THE best people I’ve met over blogging, she’s so kind and amazing and is one of my most loyal followers.  I love her so much, and you should all go check out her wonderful blog and follow her – she posts every single day which, as we all know, is the real struggle in life and she always keeps up to it.  Amazing, anyway, I’ll get on with the award (but you really should follow Alanna!).

The Rules

Write a post showing your award
Thank the person
Briefly describe your journey as a blogger
Give advice to other bloggers
Nominate other bloggers

My Journey as a Blogger

In January/February 2015 I had just started a new school & still I was a bit bored (typical) and I’d always wanted to start a blog.  I read through loads of other blogs and then realised that blogging didn’t have to include my name, I could be whoever I wanted to be whilst still being myself.  That’s when my Mum and I (who was very frustrated at me for always being so bored) came up with the oh-so-creative I’m A Zalfie Fanatic.  I blogged nearly every day at first, didn’t know how to use wordpress and was getting no followers, and I very nearly gave up.  I started learning how to use wordpress and soon I found I had a good few followers and that just grew.  Now, I’m 120-odd followers and so so so glad I didn’t give up, because blogging is one of my favourite things in my life.  It’s amazing to connect with other people, have a supportive group of friends who can listen to you whenever and I’ve met some great people along the way.  I recently stopped being anonymous and revealed my name (my last post here) and I got so much support it’s insane.  I’m looking to make my blog more me, more professional etc and everyone just supports me in everything I do. It’s particularly great, actually.

My Advice to Other Bloggers 

  1. Good quality photos – I’m the biggest culprit for not sticking to this rule, but I cannot express how important it is!  Cover photos are the first things someone who’s looking at your post is probably going to see, so the more eye catching it is the more likely they are to click it.  When you’re taking photos for your blog, research other really successful bloggers and look at how they take photos.  Choose a style and try stick to it.  The camera you use is important – Iphone 6 has a great camera, and it’s good to use on the go if you see a pretty flower and want to snap it for your blog, but if you’re taking a good photo, ideally you should use a good camera.  Lucky for me, my Dad has a canon camera which I may or may not be inclined to stealing forever once or twice, but you can always buy a cheaper digital camera and they work well too.
  2. Have fun – Your blog should be about you, and you should always try to be yourself on your blog.  However, a rule i use above that is to have fun.  Blogging shouldn’t be a chore, it should be a place you can escape and have fun.  Always make sure what you’re posting is you, and when you wrote it you had fun and you liked the outcome.  Then, all your followers are more likely to enjoy reading it if they can sense it’s well written and fun.
  3. Never give up – Blogging is hard, there’s no doubt about it.  Keeping up a schedule is hard, getting inspiration for posts is hard, taking photos and writing can be hard.  But whatever is going on, however hard you’re finding it, whoever is giving you grief, even if you have so little hope left in yourself you don’t know the definition of hope, don’t give up.  Blogging will get easier and chances are you’re just frustrated, bored with it, if you have such a small following, still don’t give up.  Keep going, and in the long run you’ll thank me for it!
  4. Interaction with followers -If anything this is my most valuable piece of advice.  You must must must interact with your followers.  I’m not saying follow everyone back who follows you, but if they comment on your post be sure to reply, even if it is just ‘Thank you’.  If they ask you to check out their blog then do, and go like/comment on some posts.  You never know, you might find a blog you love.  Your followers will realise you’re actually all for blogging and be more loyal to your blog if you interacr with them.



Makeup by Kalia

Nearly A Princess Blog

Thanks so much for reading guys, see you next time!

Soph  (we’re going with Soph, okay?)

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I Hit 100 Followers!


After a year and a bit of me being on this blog, we finally hit 100 followers!!  I’m so happy, seriously!  And I would like to say thank you to my 100th follower, my best friend who just created a blog over at ThatReligionTheyCallBeauty, and you should go over and follow her and comment & like her first post and give her all the love, she’s a very lovely person ;D!

So yeah, I know this doesn’t seem like such a huge achievement for some people, to me it is massive.  I’ve been working for this over a year, I have finally got it!

And as I’ve mentioned in my last few posts, I’ll be doing a Q & A post in celebration of this milestone, so please if you have any questions then ask me in the comments or on my twitter @ZalfieFanatic, and I will answer every single one!! They can seriously be about anything, anything at all I don’t mind.  So long as they’re not disgusting.

And I’ve got a schedule and one that I will stick to, every Monday & Friday I will post hopefully not as late as this, sometime around 5-6pm ish but today I just really wanted a relax after my first day back at school.  Sometimes you might see me posting in between times but mostly it will be just on a Monday & Friday.

Anyway, I was planning on doing the Q & A on Friday so all your questions would be great by then please 😀 – however, I have an amazing (and cheap!!) primer that I would like to review so I might do that tomorrow or Wednesday if you want?

But again, thank you thank you thank you SO SO SO MUCH & don’t forget to go follow ThatReligionTheyCallBeauty –  she’s just started her blog (inspired by nobody less than myself!) and she is my best friend in real life, I know her personally & can 100% assure you she is wonderful & very gorgeous & talented so please go check her out!!

Bye! xxx


A BIG Update Post!


The reason I titled this ‘A BIG Update Post’ is not because I have a big update (as in something exciting and something that will change this blog forever) but because I have a post consisting of many many little updates & things I want to tell you all!

And at the end of this post I’ll be including my Liebster award, thank you for that Lancoraperla! You should all go and check out her wonderful blog after you’ve read this post.

Okay, so, onto the updates:

  1. I’m going to France (family holiday) on Friday 24th July. That is ten days away.  I’m ridiculously excited.  This means that you guys will, without fail (and I promise to this, so make sure you hold me to it) will be getting a post about France every day!  These will be the sort of posts you guys will be seeing, but if you have any suggestions/what you want to see or what you would find useful, I’m begging you to comment down below with your ideas!:
  • My Scrapbook:  So I made a scrapbook with inspiration from Okaaythen’s post.  Her scrapbook is goals not gonna lie and mine is like a measly pesant compared to hers but I seriously thank her for the idea.  I’m going to scrapbook my trip to France for you and write a hell of a lot of things in there and like post it daily for you.  And I’m actually kind of proud because I made it right from scratch, front to back.  I put in all the papers myself and even attached it all together and its actually decent for me so yannoe.  I might post this in the run up to France or in France.  Idk.  probably in France.
  • Look books. Simple.  I guess.  GIVING YOU INSPIRATION FOR WHAT YOU CAN WEAR!
  • Last minute shopping haul(s).
  • What is in my carry on bag for a hell of a long journey (not just 5hrs, like, 20hrs)
  • Makeup essentials
  1.   Tomorrow is Sports day at my school so I’ll probably just be coming back tomorrow having a good moan like seriously I hate sports day and I’m running 200m not even joking.
  2. I finish school on FRIDAY! (3 days) which means more posts and more me!  Are you excited? I guessed.
  3. I’m going to start doing more DIY posts (or actually DIY posts, I don’t do the now)

Okay so I guess I didn’t have that many updates but it felt like I did so we’re saying that I did.  Feel informed?  Good!!

Anywaysss, I guess I’ll go onto the Liebster Award now:

The Rules:

  1. Once nominated, make a post thanking and linking the person who nominated you.
  2. Include the LEIBSTER AWARD sticker in the post too
  3. Nominate 10 other bloggers who you think are worthy of this award. Let them know they have been nominated by commenting on 1 of their posts. You can nominate the person who nominated you
  4. Answer the 10 questions asked to you by the person who nominated you and make ten questions of your own for your nominees.
  5. Lastly, copy these rules in the post.


My Answers….

If you found out that you only had one more week to live, what would you do?

If I had only one week left to live, I’d probably cry for a day and spend as much of my time with my family as I could.  I not the sort of person who’d want to fulfil a ‘last wish’ like going to Disney Land or meeting my idol.  I’d just want to spend as much time with my family and people I care about as possible and appreciate the little things. I’m not going to continue because I’ll go too deep and make myself cry – I get very emotional over shit like this. I love you all.  Mkay bye.

What is your favourite smell?

Lush bath-bombs.  Specifically creamy candy bubble bar.  Otherwise, when my Mum is baking and it is cooking and it smells like so nice.

If you had the chance to meet any famous historical person, who would you choose?

Rosa Parks, the African-American lady who stayed in her seat on the bus in America because she refused to give it up to a white person.  

What’s your favourite sweet treat?

Cheesecake or trifle. 

Who do you admire most?

My Mum!  She has always been there for me through thick and thin and no matter what I’ve done, I know she’ll always be on my side and wont ever fall out with me.  Seriously, we’re best friends.  Forever.  I want to be just like her for my kid(s) when I’m older.  She is my idol.  I love her.  Mum, if you’re reading (because I know you sometimes do 😉 ) I love you!

Describe yourself in 3 words.

Sarcastic, kind & a bit of a bitch.   

Are you a shower or a bath person? Why?

Showers when I want to have a quick get in, wash your hair & body, get out.  Baths when I want a relaxing soak and using up my bath bombs and stuff.  And it depends on the season – summer showers, winter  baths.  

What would your dream pet be?

These two beautiful creatures which I am already so lucky as to have!

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If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would you choose?

This is really tough, how the hell do you expect me to choose food. HOW?  I really don’t think I can!  I’m sorry.  I feel defeatist.  

Are you more introverted or extroverted?

An introvert.  I’m not shy in the slightest and I do love to talk and its not like I have not social life.  I just do not care for soical interaction during my own time, like when I’m out of school.  And I’m really particular about people I like, and prefer hanging out with boys.  I find girls so bitchy.  I just don’t particularly like people much.  Enough said.  I love you guys though!

Okay so thats my questions done, but I’m not going to nominate because I’ve run out of people to nominate (lol).  Again, thank you very much to Lancoraperla & right now (after you’ve liked and commented and all that wonderfully good stuff) go check out her amazing, lovely in every way blog!!

Zalfie Fanatic OUT!

I Might Be Slowly Dying ….

No like seriously, I haven’t stepped out of my bed all day, my left ear is deaf therefore every single noise sounds dull, my throat feels non-existent it is in that much pain and my whole body aches.


I’m not even exaggerating. It is seriously that bad.

Along with me slowly dying of whatever death has been stricken upon me, I am super bored.  I have watched all three series of The Inbetweeners in like, what, two days.  TWICE!  I’m watching Coronation street, and I am dying of absolute boredom.

I wondered what to do with my day, or what is left of it. I thought about a tag, but couldn’t be bothered.  But now, now I think, well maybe I can be bothered.  I can.


1. Thing you cannot leave the house without?

My phone and purse.  Because I need money to buy food if we get stranded and my phone for help if we get stranded.  I live my life in fear of a nuclear war or something.  But imagine how amazing I would be if it did happen.  How the hell did I even get onto this  from ‘things you cannot leave the house with’?  Just bloody leave it.  PHONE AND PURSE.

2. Favorite brand of make up?

I literally cannot afford and do not care for, out of my own money, fancy makeup like MAC or YSL or like, Benefit.  No.  So basically drug store stuff, which is actually good (hands up if you agree)!  And out of all the drug store stuff I would probably say rimmel or W7.

3. Favorite Flowers?


I mean one, they are so pretty and colourful.  Two, you can play with them, like, snap them open and closed.  Three, DRAGON is in their name.   Like, as if a flower would be called dragon.  CUTE!


4. Fav clothing stores?

New look, Primark & H&M

5. Fav perfume?

Jack Wills body spray or Beyonce Heat.

6.Heels or flats?

Flats, because I never have the opportunity to wear heels, and, lets face it, they are SO un-practical.

7.Do you make good grades?

I guess so?  It depends what good grades are classed as.  Like, I’m not the worst, i’m not in the middle but i’m certainly not in the very top? I’m upper of the high levels.

8. Fav colours?

Silver, purple and black.

9.Do you drink energy drinks?

Ew no, they repulse me.  Like, they taste like wee and make me feel sick and shaky.  Literally wouldn’t dare.

10.Do you drink juice?

If vimpto & orange squash is classed as juice then yes.  If your on about posh blended smoothies and cucumber & carrot juice then no.  

11.Do you like swimming?

Out in the open in a warm country, yes.  In England in a grubby public swimming pool with about twenty children’s piss pooling around every square meter, when I have to get out and dry off and get changed in a damp, bacteria filled changing room and then go home with sopping wet hair in the fridge like Britain, no, I do not.  I usually get tonsillitis from it also so, naaayyy!

12.Do you eat fries with a fork?

 First off, CHIPS NOT FRIES.  Depends on the meal.  A plate of chips, no.  A McDonalds chips packet, no.  If I am having chips as a part of a meal which you would eat with a fork, yes I would.  I only have ketchup with fish and chips too, and fish and chips I eat with my fingers, even the fish.  I am so un-dignified.

13.Whats your fav moisturizer?

When I can be arsed to moisturise, which is so very rarely, I use whatever product on my dressing table says ‘face and/or body moisturiser’.  

14.Do you want to get married later on in life?

Uhm well yes, but key point, LATER ON IN LIFE!  I want to like travel and stuff.

15.Do you get mad easily?

Yeah probably.

16.Are you into ghost hunting?

Who the hell was this tag made for?  I believe in ghosts, and say I’m not scared of them but if I did see one I’d probably shit myself.  With fear.

17.Any phobias?

I’m arachnophobic – have a huge fear of spiders.  I have a fear of rollercoasters, not of heights though.  

18.Do you bite your nails?

If you do, please don’t talk to me because that is grim.  G R I M!

19.Have you ever had a near death experience?

Not that I know of, and asking my Mum she replied with a firm ‘NO’.

20.Do you drink coffee?

Guys coffee is grim.  If you need caffeine then have coke.  

Okay so there was my 20 Questions Tag, have a good un’ and anyone who wants to do that, go ahead and do it??!

Zalfie Fanatic Out ♥