Sunday, 30 October 2011

A shout out to those special blogs! :)

Well, I'm feeling FAB because I have now reached 25 followers! Sooo.... THANK YOU! Seriously, I really appreciate it... you all rock!
SO, because everyone is so kind recently, I thought I would give a shout out to those blogs which are all unique, cool, and special in their own way. Some of these people aren't following me. Some of these people probably haven't noticed that I'm following them! But each of these blogs are amazing and you should definetley check them out.

Flirty Dresses- a sweet, girly, fun blog with fab features that I'm obsessed with!
Book Swept- calling all book lovers! Great pictures and great quotes to go with them!
Fashion Tidbits- inspirational high fashion pictures every day!
The Fancy Teacup- amazing, stunning outfits in interesting settings, updated regularly!
My Happy Reality- a fun, interesting blog with posts that make you smile :) !
Shenanigans of Caroline- hilarious stories and interesting posts, you'll love this one!
Everyday, A Song to Sing- a new music blog that promises to be fun and interesting!

So, I hope you check them out! They really do deserve it.
If you find any cool fashion/music/fictional writing/ funny blogs I would love for you to give them a shout out by commenting their link! I follow lots of blogs, but I'm always looking for more.
Thanks again, followers!
From The Girl With The Notepad :)

Friday, 28 October 2011

The Giant Mood Board

Hey everyone! So, you might have seen before the post I did on mood boards and how to make your own.
If you haven't, check it out here: I've been a bit creative...
I've been ill recently, (which is why I haven't been posting as regularly as I should) and I got so bored I made a giant mood board on my wall, using up all my spare fashion magazines. It's a meant to be in the shape of a heart......
To make a giant mood board, you don't follow the same steps as I showed you before in my other post. In fact, here are some new tips:

How to make a giant mood board
1. You don't need to get all the images in front of you first, as that would take far too long. Just get a few large images to start with.
2. Then, simply cut out of magazines any pictures that intrest you or look good, and layer them up.
3. For giant mood boards, brighter is always better.
4. You could also cut out magazine titles or words and stick them on afterwards.
4. Always, always stick to your theme because otherwise a large mood board can look messy.

What's the biggest thing you've ever made/created etc?
From The Girl With The Notepad :)

Monday, 24 October 2011


Well... Halloween is coming up soon and I thought my post should have something vaguely spooky related. Have you ever read Frankenstein? I haven't, though I would like to, but I do know something about the plot. I got to thinking this morning, what was going through the monster himself's head when he first came to life? Here's my imaginings.....

I drew in a musty breath, letting dirt fill my body. It felt clean, even... good. My eyes roved the room. A strange flicker of light shone inches away from me, it coaxed menacely, I reached towards it, and a ghostly jump leaped inside me as pain shot through my hand. I turned away, startled... and saw a man. His face was a complete mixture of emotions, disappointment, hatred, fear- a wisp of excitement? I stared into his eyes and tried to understand. I wondered, why?

Thinking was hurting my head, tormenting it. Thoughts were sprinting through my brain, when one skidded to a halt. For now I understood. This person, this thing in front of me, he must have created me. But he didn't look happy. He looked like he hated me. My heart thumped painfully and loneliness' cold touch seeped through my veins, through to the tip of my fingers. But that felt like nothing to what I felt next. For I saw a monster! A monster that made me gasp to look at, a digusting creature so horrible tears rose to my eyes, and I shook uncontrollably like the devil himself had possessed me.

A soft sound made me turn my head. My creator was backing away from me- I reached out to him- but then he screamed.
"Stop, please!" he begged me.
I was confused. I had only been trying to help. Sadness threatened to kill me as he ran away. What had I done? Why did he not want to see me? I felt trapped in a maze of darkness. I resolved to find him, I managed to sit up- but then my eyes reached something that made me bury my head in my hands.

For I had just seen my reflection in the mirror.

Spooky! Till next time!
From The Girl With The Notepad :)

Sunday, 23 October 2011

100 style and beauty tips- 2

Want some inspiration? Check out my tips below: (for more, click on my first post on these called 'A new feature!- 100 style and beauty tips :) )

11. Want to look designer? For your coat this winter choose a quilted jacket- it can look designer for a fraction of the price of a proper designer coat.

12. To give your hair more volume, when wet, backcomb and massage in a volumising mousse. Dry off, and then spray with hairspray to keep it big all day.

13. Give your nails a fun look with Barry M Crackle Nail Polish, it creates fab patterns on your nails and is so easy to do!

14. If you've got an old jumper ready to throw away, first cut off halfway up the arms. Then hem each side and you've got arm warmers.

15. Vintage jewellery can give a boring outfit the boost it needs. Don't know where to find it? Check out

16. When applying blusher, smile first, and then apply the blusher up your cheekbones so it looks more natural.

17. Never underestimate the power of magazines. Stuck for inspiration on an important outfit? Go out and buy a few fashion mags. If you find an outfit you like, cut it out. Continue until you've finished all magazines. You'll be left with a kind of mood board of inspiration!

18. If you're broke but are desperate for clothes, try out a 'swapsie session' with some mates. Everyone brings something they don't want, and swaps with something a friend has that they do want.

19. If you're not going out or are going somewhere that isn't that important, don't wear makeup. It'll give your skin a breather and stop it breaking out in spots.

20. When wearing eyeliner, thickly outline your eyes for a dramatic effect. However, if you want to keep it subtle, apply brown eyeliner on just the bottom lids of your eyes.
And, rememeber to comment YOUR style and beauty tips below! My fave will be the 100th tip in this feature and I'll provide a link on my post to your blog!
From The Girl With The Notepad :)

Sunday, 16 October 2011


I hope this sweeps you away... that's what I was aiming for, anyway.

Imagine... a seed. It's little, underground, unnoticed. A drop of water from the land up above drips slowly down, down, down... it hits the seed. Suddenly, there's hope. Suddenly, the seed begins to grow...
Imagine... a tree. Your tree. A tree you've known since it was a little seed. Go there. Feel its breath. Look at its leaves, or does it have leaves? Is there fruit? Is it a happy place?

Leave your tree now. Go to a station. A train station. A train station you've never seen in your life before.  You're helpless, lost. You look around for someone to ask what to do. There are many people like you. People who stick a mile out because they don't know what to do.
Suddenly a guard shouts, "All tourists get on now!" You're unsure, as are many people around you. The guard repeats. "If you don't know where you are or what to do, GET ON THIS TRAIN NOW!" You have no choice. You step on the train.
But this is a train journey like no other. At times, the driver seems to have gone mad. Or even, at times there doesn't seem to be a driver at all. The train hurtles dangerously from side to side. Each corner comes with a shout from the passengers. Is it from fear, worry, or excitement?
But at other times... the journey is peaceful. You're relaxed. The tracks are straight in front. A woman sits next to you. You smile at her, as if to say, "This is the life, isn't it?"
But this journey has been going on a while now. And suddenly it hits you. Suddenly you panic. You don't know where you're going! Is this train ever going to stop? You ask the woman next to you. "Do you know where we're going?" She shakes her head. You ask the guard. "Where are we going?" He doesn't know. Nobody knows. Except the train driver, and you don't even know where he is!
But there's nothing you can do, and after a while, you sigh and except this. The train hurtles on into the distance.........
But who is the train driver?

From The Girl With The Notepad :)

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

A new feature! 100 style & beauty tips-1 :)

Hey! So, I got an idea for a feature to do once a week until it's finished, which I'm afraid kind of copies Soph from the blog Flirty Dresses in which she does a feature on 100 things she loves! I really love her blog and I'm sorry for pinching ideas! Anyway, this feature will be on 100 style & beauty tips I've picked up on. I'll do ten each week, so look out for them!

1.Need a quick fix for greasy hair? Batiste Dry Shampoo will sort you out.
2.Clean & Clear Deep Action facial wipes are amazing for keeping your skin away from spots. 
3. If you're thinking of going for a fringe, a full one is cute but can look babyish with short hair. I've tried! A sweeping fringe is often better.  
4. To brighten up skinny jeans, add a colourful skinny scarf instead of a belt.
5. If your eyes look tired, pale pink eyeshadow can actually look better than white.
6. If you've got no time in the morning and you've got short hair, take a chunk of hair from each side of your face and tie it back into a mini ponytail. 
7. Always carry an emergency mascara around with you. This may sound silly, but it has so many uses! ;)
8. Don't throw away old clothes without hesitation. You never know when it will come back on trend, and faded clothes often work well with brighter.
9. Checkered shirts are great for layering! You can wear them over practically anything to make the outfit more interesting.
10. Blue and red go great together, mostly when they're both bright!

Let me know what you think about it and if you have any ideas for features!
And also, I'm holding a bit of a competition for the best style & beauty tip ever! Tell me yours in comments. My favourite will be the 100th tip in this feature!
So get commenting!
From The Girl With The Notepad :)

Monday, 10 October 2011

We. Love. Shoes.

Whether you're girl, boy, old, young, into shopping or collecting turtles everyone needs shoes. But it's girls who really LOVE them....

    BIG, beautiful, gorgeous,
These are my must-buys, all from
Which is your fave???

From The Girl With The Notepad :)

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Jane Eyre

I cannot thank you enough Caroline- your comment has had me brimming with ideas for posts!
It just shows- the idea comments seriously help me. Keep them coming!
One of my all-time favourite books is Jane Eyre. Some quotes from it are below. If you've never read it, here's a feel of what the book is like. If you have, get ready to get swept away again...

"Why was I always suffering, always brow-beaten, always accused, for ever condemned?"
"No reflection was to be allowed now, not once glance was to be cast back, not even one forward."
"Come to me, come to me entirely now," said he, and added, in his deepest tone, speaking in my ear as his cheek was laid on mine, "Make my happiness, I will make yours."

"The child is very young to be sent alone," said she, putting her candle on the table."

"I know what it is to live entirely for and with who I love best on Earth."
Thanks for reading!
The Girl With The Notepad :)

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Autumn Leaves

Hey! Before I start the post- just a quick thank you to everyone who's commenting, they really make my day and I've had lots recently. THANK YOU!!!
Looking out of the window, it's all I can see... this poem's about autumn leaves.

I wade my way through.
Stop and sigh with frustration.
Then go on again.
They're tangled in my hair
A swirling oasis of burnt orange and fiery reds,
They're beautiful.
The same colour as my hair
But somehow, my hair's not beautiful.
A face at the end of the street catches mine, briefly.
The eyes linger.
Over the swirling oasis of burnt orange and fiery reds.

Dull leaves scattered.
Scattered at my footsteps.
As if they're scared.
Of what? Of falling to the ground I suppose
Though that's just what is their fate.
Bright colours dulled
Once bright green, full of life
Now dying.
A face catches mine at the other end of the street.
Her hair is the exact shade of a leaf caught in it.
But somehow, the leaf's not beautiful...

Let me know what you think!- not just of this post, is there also anything you think would be cool to post about?
From The Girl With The Notepad :)

Sunday, 2 October 2011

A different design

Hey! I decided that my blog looks too boring, so I'm changing the design. Please bear with me while things are swapped around!
And definitely let me know what you think!
From The Girl With The Notepad :)