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

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Organise Your Life | My Top Tips For Organising

I don’t know about you, but I always feel so much more productive when everything in my life is organised.  Over the years, especially having been at school, I have developed some ways to organise my life and I find them so useful!  I can be a very forgetful person, and in general I lack motivation and sometimes I find myself so unorganised!  So, I’ve been and compiled a list filled with organisational tips and ways you can make your life so much easier by organising it!

POST IT NOTES

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Post it notes are one of my favourite ways to stay organised!  I write basically all of my reminders and stuff onto post it notes and stick them all around my room.  If I have some really important homework that I know I’ll forget, I pop it on a post it note and stick it onto my wall, or on the surface of my bedside table so I’ll see it all the time!  However, boring old post it notes always look a bit obnoxious on your wall (or at least I think, the bright colours are great for revision but for day to day things they’re pretty bleh) so I always like to use Paperchase sticky notes.  They do gorgeous mini books filled with all sorts of sizes of sticky notes.  Mine are a few years old now, but you can find similar ones here!

This is my favourite book of sticky notes: you get one side with these huge ones on that are so useful for writing plans for blog posts on, or what coursework I need to complete.  The two little tab post it notes are so useful for marking books and folders, and then you have two squared floral patterned sticky notes.  The woodland animals are so adorable and I love using them!

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PLAN EVERYTHING

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I use my planner for everything!  Again, it’s from paperchase (I clearly love paperchase?) and it’s so useful.  It has loads of room to write down all my homework assignments, events I have to attend and any appointments that I have.  I love the layout of it, and I don’t think I’d be able to survive without it, especially during the school months.  It’s so useful for writing down things like ‘Copy up history notes’ that I know I’d just forget otherwise and that would come to bite me on the backside later on!  I write down all of my blog posts that are scheduled to go up and it helps me stay organised.

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PRINTABLES ARE YOUR BEST FRIEND

I love using all sorts of printables to organise my life!  People are so talented online and make some gorgeous ones! A quick pinterest search can have you drowning in adorable calendars for the month, which are perfect for an at-a-glance-look for what you’re doing that month, or essay planners to help you write the perfect essay.  Not only that, but I love blog post planners so much!  Tabi from Busy Bee has an amazing blog post ideas planner, with a section for the name of the post and any info, and then another for the date it’s going up (you can find it here in her amazing blog inspiration post!) and I use this all the time, it’s actually in the picture below.  I’m a big believer in using printables to plan all sorts of things in my life!

You can find my pinterested board ‘Printables‘ which is totally dedicated to cute and useful print out sheets to help you organise your life!

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Those are my top three organisational tips!  Have you got any other tips you use to stay organised?  If so, let me know in the comments!

Soph xx

 

My Top 5 Favourite Netflix TV Shows!

If you didn’t know, I’m a bit of a Netflix junkie and have watched basically everything on there (this is a HUGE understatement, but it sometimes feels like I have!).  This means that when searching for new things to watch, it can be quite difficult as you scroll through endless episodes of Pretty Little Liars and Gilmore Girls (I love PLL, but it totally got boring towards the end for me – I haven’t watched Gilmore Girls though), looking for something a bit more exciting to watch.  Thats why I’m here today to reccomend you a few of my favourite ever shows on Netflix.

And you know, you’ve just gone back to school – what better way to procrastinate than by binging TV shows none stop!

Pride and Prejudice

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No, not the film.  The 100% perfect TV series with none other than Colin Firth playing Mr Darcy.  This is, for me, the ultimate love story and I totally have watched it maybe 50 times?  Every moment just has you doing the little ‘SQUEEEE!’ happy noises because it’s just so good!  There isn’t a character I don’t like, Lizzie is so amazing, as is Jane and all the other sisters (apart from Mary who I kind of hate) and then you have their parents who are the best, Mrs Bennet makes me laugh so much.  Don’t even get me started on Mr Darcy!

Gossip Girl

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A classic which I know many people like, but it took me such a long time to get round to watching Gossip Girl, and then I couldn’t stop!  With it being the 10 year anniversary recently I figured I had to watch it again.  I love all the characters so much, and the show never gets boring because the drama is just TOO GOOD! I still have a problem with the gossip girl reveal because there are just way too many gaps in the plot for it to work!

Skins

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Skins is the ultimate British actual realistic TV programme! All the characters through all the generations were super fun and exciting, everyone is really relatable and not only that, its based in Bristol in an actual realistic place.  Each generation is not better than the first, but they’re still good!  I’d really recommend this one, but if you don’t have netflix then it’s on Channel 4 catch up!

Riverdale

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I’m super excited for Riverdale to come back with season 2 in October, but until then I’ll just have to keep rewatching the first season!  It’s a mystery based programme but it doesn’t get boring, and the actual mystery is interesting and isn’t dragged out which can happen with some things.  The plot is really good and all the actors are so good, I especially love Camilla Mendes who plays Veronica!

Orange Is The New Black

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I love this SO MUCH!  I’ve only recently started watching it but I’m about halfway through and honestly its just so good, I love all the characters (apart from Alex, you suck at the moment) and it’s just such a fun thing to watch.  It’s basically about an all women’s minimum security prison and what goes on there.  Piper is such a great character too!

Do you watch any of these shows?  Whats your favourite TV show? Let me know!

Soph xx

All images have been taken from Google Images, if you would like them removed please do not hesitate to email me and I will remove them at your request (sophieblog08@gmail.com)

 

Making You Feel Better During That Time Of The Month: Betty Box Review

Recently, Betty Box got in touch with me asking if I’d like to review their monthly subscription box which is centred around your period and designed especially for teen girls (although I can imagine that people who aren’t teenagers would love this too, it is just full of great bits and bobs that really help you feel that bit more normal during that time of the month!), and of course I jumped at the chance and said yes!  This box is filled with loads of treats to make your period less of a pain, and because you design it when you subscribe, it comes with the sanitary products you love and know work for you – all for £6.99 for your first box, then £10.50 every month after.  For the price, what you get is such a bargain!

So, how exactly does Betty Box work? I wondered the exact same, because of course, everyone’s periods are different, they fall at different times of the month and need all sorts of products.  Betty box has such a unique and personalised subscription service, so the box you receive every month is perfectly tailored to you and your body!

  • The box contains everything you’ll need to get you through the month, in a handy little pouch labelled ‘for now’, you receive liners and pads, in a box labelled ‘for later’, you receive your choice of sanitary products for the daytime, and in a box labelled ‘for night’, you receive your choice of products for the nighttime!  It’s so customisable, as Betty Box have loads of brands to choose from, and you can get a selection of all pads, all tampons, or a mixed selection!  I chose to have a mixed selection of products, in order to truly test out everything.  Betty Box have all sorts of brands, including Always, Body Form, Tampax, Lil Lets and Kotex – you’re sure to find something that you use or that works for you and your body with their huge selection!
  • Once you’ve made your box by going online and choosing all the sanitary products you want in there, you then pick a delivery date.  At first, this is where I thought how can a box like this work if there is only one date it is delivered on.  Of course, there isn’t just one date – there are three!  This way you choose either the 10th, 20th or 28th of the month to have your box sent to you, so it comes in time for your period!

Betty Box is a teen version of the popular subscription box for periods called ‘Pink Parcel’, and they also have a website, Betty.Me, where they write about everything and anything you could want to read about: style, lifestyle, body and people.  It’s like an online magazine!

Anyway, I’m sure you’re all here to see what is inside the box – so let’s get on to it!

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So, in the box you get a huge variety of things: I was so excited whilst unpacking this!  In the box labelled ‘for night’, I got four longer length nighttime pads, in the box labelled ‘for later’ I got three pads and fourteen tampons, and in that gorgeous striped pouch I got six liners and three pads.  So far, I would say that you’ve got a huge bargain for what you’re paying, as you have enough to last you through your period (just about, I know I would need a little more than this but for the average light-medium period, this is perfect!).  Also, can we just talk about the packaging on this: it’s so bright and happy, so it’ll really help to brighten your mood when you might be feeling a bit down in the dumps!

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The pouch full of liners and pads is so great. I love this addition as not only does it add some variety to the box and break up the flow of boxes within a box, but it’s super useful!  I know that I’ll be taking this in my bag with me now, and it’s nice and compact but still manages to fit enough into it for what you’ll need.  Plus, the hot pink and blue stripes are so vibrant and summery!

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These two boxes of supplies I really loved, not only for the fun packaging but I really like the way they open.  It makes the products so accessible and you can just have these in your cupboard and it’s easy to grab what you need!

Now, onto the bit of the box I was most excited about: ‘For You’. This box is filled with lovely bits and bobs to make you feel nice and special, and it did not disappoint! Plus, you get decently sized items and not very tiny samples, which is always a plus!

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So, this is everything you get in the box.  A total of eight things, that are amazing quality, alongside a little magazine which gives loads of information on all the products, what’s not to like? My personal favourite so far has been the Candy Kittens, but I might be a bit biased because I love anything that is sweets and cats related, so put the two together and you’ve got my attention!  Plus, they tasted like blueberry and weren’t overly sour, which is just what I like!

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Another one of my favourites from the box, and something I have been wearing all the time since receiving it, has been this Lisa Angel bracelet.  I love dainty jewellery, it looks so understated yet still so gorgeous, and this is no exception! I can see me wearing this with so many things, and I am loving the combination of rose gold and silver together, which is something I might not have gone for had I have seen it in shops.

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I also really loved these hair ties, which I have always been so dubious about, but I’m so glad I got the chance to try them!  You know the ones, the scary plastic springy loops that claim to be ‘snag free’ and that they’ll ‘leave your hair without marks after wear’ – well they’re not lying!  These really are so comfy to wear and my hair doesn’t get damaged by them, which proves that even the thinnest of hair works with these guys!  Plus, the gorgeous neon coral colour is perfect for summer, and these not only look great in your hair but when you’ve got them around your wrist they’re the perfect addition to any outfit!

The box also contained the coconut and coffee scrub by Scrub Love: I’ve always been so interested in coffee based scrubs, but never actually gotten round to trying them.  Let me tell you, I tried this tonight and its so good! Seriously, my skin hasn’t felt as soft in a long time!  The smell of coffee is very strong, and the mixture of coconut is really quite unique, I imagine it is quite an acquired scent – if you don’t like the strong smell of coffee then you might not like this.  However, I love a good coffee smell, and I found this one particularly revitalising!  The scent does linger on your skin for a while afterwards, which is great, but I would probably mask it with a body lotion if I was going to be around people because I think it smells a little strong and you might not at first identify it as coffee.  However, this super gentle scrub makes my skin feel luxuriously soft and I really love it!

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This Anatomicals hair mask was also included, which I know I’m going to love.  I always get on really well with anatomicals products and I’m sure this will be no exception; plus, the packaging is always really fun which makes for a nice product usually!

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These were the final three items, and I am so excited to try them out.  The nail polish is a gorgeous pale mint shade and is from L’oreal, and the Korres bath milk smells of bergamot and pear – I think it will be lovely and summery and I am really excited to try it out.  Having used the face wash by Balanceme, I can assure you that it is great!  It felt super natural and the scent wasn’t overpowering, and it left my face feeling soft and clean!

So, that’s the end of this post!  I was so happy with this Betty Box, its great value for money and something I’d really recommend to everyone!

Also, thank you for 400 followers!  That is so insane – comment a way you think I should celebrate!

Soph xx

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Summer Goals 2017

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I think making goals for the season ahead can be a really nice way to put your priorities into perspective and help you stay organised and on track with what you want to achieve throughout that season.  Most of my goals for previous seasons always seem to be more academic, hence why I always feel overwhelmed by them and never end up fully doing a good job at it; they’re too broad and for a procrastinating soul like myself, they’re often not achievable! I’ve decided that for the summer season (even though I’d technically say we’re still in Spring, until Saturday I think, but I’m looking forward to summer in a big way!) I’m going to take my goals and really pinpoint what I want to get out of the season through them – and try not to focus them around school too much!

1. Visit more places

I’m going to do a summer bucket list soon, as I have lots of places I want to go and things I want to do this summer, but one of my largest goals is to visit lots of lovely places in the UK.  This is my first proper summer living down south, and not only do I want to make the most of the good weather (all my friends say it’s not really that hot, but having come from the 15 degrees maximum north of the UK to the sometimes 26 degrees south of the UK, I assure you the heat difference is immense and also very lovely) but I want to make the most of this nice weather in lovely places.  We’ve recently had some amazing spring weather and last weekend I went to two lovely beaches with my family: Chesil Beach and Lyme Regis, both of which were lovely.  I fell asleep on Chesil Beach, which was a huge pebbly beach but the pebbles weren’t hard and nasty, they moulded into really nice beds, hence my sleeping.  Lyme Regis was very English seaside, which I love and the beach huts were really pretty.  My main goal really, is to enjoy what the UK has to offer over Summer and visit lots of pretty beaches and take lots of lovely pictures, especially when my best friend comes down from Yorkshire to see me!

2. Stay on top of my homework/coursework:

I know, I said I’d refrain from the academic goals but this is one I want to achieve and strive towards.  Homework piles up really quickly, especially now I’m doing my GCSEs and I really do try to tackle it in an efficient way but it still seems to be drowning me!  Do any of you also get this problem?  I’ve decided to try get loads of homework done during the evening as soon as I get back from school, and not to do it the night before it’s due.  I have serious respect for those of you who can just do your homework and coursework the day you get it, no distractions or procrastination involved  because I always procrastinate on my phone!

3. Make my life more organised

My life is a mess sometimes, I’m never organised and even the simplest things like not packing my bag for school the night before really make me go into unorganised meltdown!  I’m planning on (not that we can promise this will happen!) making my life a little more organised; keeping my room clean and tidy, keeping track of my blog posts and always having something up to schedule, getting myself ready for school the night before, waking up early and other small bits and bobs to keep me organised on a daily basis!

4. Watch everything on my Netflix watch list

Am I the only person who gets irrationally annoyed when my watch list on Netflix is a mess?  I have so many things listed on there for me to watch and so little time; having already watched Gossip Girl and Skins, I’ve decided to rewatch both (and not for the first time either!) but this leaves me in a predicament.  I have basically no time to watch any of the others I want to watch like Riverdale and Stranger Things.  I cannot wait for the Easter holidays, because lazy old me will be going on a massive binging session, especially when the new season of PLL comes out!

So, those were my goals for the spring/summer months.  I hope you enjoyed them – what are your goals?  Have you got any netflix recommendations for me, even though my watch list is too long to function! Have a lovely week!

Soph xx

My Top Tips For New Bloggers

I’ve been a blogger for two years plus now, and my blog is definitely not the greatest, although I feel like I’ve learned some tips and tricks along the way to make blogging easier, some which I really wish I’d known earlier.  I also have some general advice that probably stands for every single blogger.  So here it all is, compiled into one, huge messy post which may or may not help you.

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1. Always Check Your Posts

Before you post something, make sure to read it over, even if only skimming.  It’s important to know what you’ve written, and try read it from a viewers perspective.  Is it engaging and down to earth, do you think the reader will enjoy reading it?  Of course, only ever post what you want to post and post which reflect you, but make sure they’re interesting and you’re passionate about whatever you’re talking about; from a book, to a lipstick to poetry or even current news in the world, always be passionate.  Also, spellcheck before you post!  Spellings are really important, as not only do they infuriate the common grammar police when they’re reading, but they make your blog seem unprofessional.  We’re all humans and we all make mistakes but they can be rectified due to the lovely internet, it’s red squiggly lines and your best friend the spellcheck button.

2. Be Active With Other Bloggers

You can’t expect to grow your blog and have people who want to visit it unless you interact with other bloggers.  I always check out lots of blogs in the comments of other peoples posts, like and comment on some posts and if I like what I see, I follow them.  You can do this on wordpress pretty easily, and platforms such as Bloglovin’ (which you really should get right now) allow you to easily interact with blogs from blogspot or ones which have their own domains.  Some of these people are going to come back to your blog and check it out, maybe even give you a follow.  You shouldn’t beg for them to come follow you in comments, as this genuinely can be annoying, however a ‘I really enjoyed this post & would love for you to check out my blog!’ isn’t going to be too annoying – I know I don’t find these sorts of comments annoying as I like to help blogs grow, but it varies from blogger to blogger.

3. Social Media Is Your Friend

really wish I had known this sooner, because it was only at the one year mark when I got twitter, and even more recently Instagram.  Personally, I prefer twitter for promoting my blog and interacting with other bloggers but Instagram is great for discovering other blogs.  Twitter is my main social media, and I love it because you really can get good engagement from there.  Promotion accounts are great and I’d really encourage that you used them (I love @thebloggershub_) and hashtags such as #bblogger, #lblogger or #fblogger, can be really useful for finding blogs and having people discover yours.  The hashtag #PRrequest is also great for finding brands to work with, which will make your blog seem a lot more professional, and lets be honest, it’s just too exciting when you get free stuff!  I’m going to plug myself now, because how can I not, so follow me on twitter here and Instagram here.

4. Don’t Compare Your Blog To Anyone Else’s

This literally can be so damaging.  I used to compare myself to people with 100 followers, back when I only had about ten.  I try not to compare myself to anyone now, because someone is always going to be more successful than you and you can’t change that, but you can grow your blog and improve it.  If you love the way someone takes pictures, learn from it and try improve yours! Find somewhere which has good lighting, search for good editing software and apps, and get inspiration from places like Pinterest!  You can always improve, learning from other people’s blogs instead of comparing yourself to them is so much more constructive.

5. Photography Is Key

Having nice looking pictures on your blog is something that I think really matters.  As people, we like to look at things and make split second decisions as to whether we’re going to take the time to look at something, and I think this choice is greatly influenced by pictures; if they look nice and Instagram worthy, if they’re eye catching and show something we want to see – all this tells us if we’re going to click something.  Therefore, you should make your images as good as possible in order for people to want to click something.  If your pictures are dark and hazy and grainy, nobody will want to look at it but if it’s bright and airy with a flawless white background, or bold and exciting, chances are people will want to see what you’ve got to say.  It doesn’t take much to make a nice photo, and don’t put me up there as the queen of photography because as we all know, I’m pretty shit, but all you need is a decent camera on your phone.  You don’t need to have a really huge canon DSLR camera and studio lights, your phone camera will do fine.  Some great editing apps are VSCO, or the editing features within Instagram.  I usually use my IPhone 6 to take pictures, or a larger canon camera which I have.  You need some basic props which you more than likely have or can get really cheaply, and this post outlines some of my favourites, all the while giving some great advice on photography.

I hope these tips were useful to you, what tricks and tips do you know of which I haven’t included?

Soph xx