I honestly cannot believe that this year will be coming to an end when the clock strikes twelve this evening! The year 2013 has been good to me and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I mean sure, there have been ups and downs but hasn't everyone experienced that? I thought I would reminisce and share with you my highlights...

MY BLOG IN 2013: A lot of amazing opportunities have happened with my little space on the internet this year including that of having the chance to go down to London for the 'Company Style Blogger Awards' in May. It was a fabulous day that included fan-girling like crazy when meeting the likes of Ellie, Rhiannon and Megan (crazy). I have also had the chance to work with some absolutely fantastic brands and people especially that of the ever so lovely Fiona from Fragrance Direct who was kind enough to send me the loveliest christmas card. We are hopefully due to work together in the next year so keep your eyes peeled for a few more reviews in the coming months. One of my favourite and most memorable moments this year with regards to my blog was definitely getting the chance to interview Gabrielle Aplin which you can see here. She was so lovely and you should check it out, if you're a fan of thrifting and charity shops.

MUSIC IN 2013: Music has been a huge influence with regards to my life this year and I have repeatedly listened to 'English Rain' by Gabrielle Aplin ever since nicking it from twin sister and having it on my ipod on the way to college. I even got the chance to see her live in November and it was one of the best moments of my life (honestly). I have recently had Natalie Holmes' three EPs on repeat since, again, nicking them from twin sister and I got the chance to see Natalie live in the sweetest little gig at a local church in Leeds. It was a fabulous night, and I even got chance to speak to her for a little while when I bought a little friendship bracelet I even had a signed postcard. Other artists and bands I have been loving this year are Tom Odell, Fionn Regan, and HAIM.

MY LIFE IN 2013: With regards to my life in general, I managed to pass my GCSEs with eleven passes, including Maths- my worst subject that meant I could go to the college I had wanted to attend ever since getting a conditional offer and leave my high school forever! I have loved every single moment of my new college since my first day in September and my firm favourite subjects are English Language and Literature without a doubt. I definitely think moving to a new college was one of the best decisions I have ever made. In July I got the chance to visit Italy this summer with my family which was a great experience and I have little post on it here. In early December, our family adopted the most gorgeous kitten, Otis and for someone who doesn't even like cats, I've been converted...

There you have my highlights, so I thought I would share with you my goals for next year:
 Give this little space a bit of a makeover? (Achieved Wednesday 1 January 2014) 
• Stay positive and try to be optimistic! (Achieved Wednesday 12 February 2014)
• Maybe start a you tube channel?!
• Try to meet a few more of my blogging friends...

Thank you all for sticking with me here, on my blog, this year and for all your kind comments, and for following me, in fact, for just simply having a read of what I have to say, even if it's soppy (like this post)...

For the Love of 2013 • Looking back on the year...

It was on Wednesday when I received the sweetest letter and illustrations from the very so lovely Nora Lilly who has a blog of her own here. I had won a giveaway of hers and honestly didn't expect to win! I thought I would show you the illustrations she sent me which are of me and six little inspirational note cards. My favourite I think is the 'Don't worry be happy' note card as it is something I constantly sing to myself.

Nora Lilly Illustrations

Temporary Tattoos* c/o Fickle

I was contacted by Fickle about two weeks ago asking me to review a few samples of their temporary tattos. It took me back to the days of finding a blueberry temporary tattoo from cheep bubble gum and feeling the excitement when you pealed back to show your piece of art that would be soon rubbed off a few hours later. 

Fickle's designs are however, really cool and you get two in a packet for five pounds which is super thrifty! The designs have been hand drawn by a number of artists from Charlotte Farmer to Ed Grace. The process for applying the tattoo is well explained and took less than a minute! Simply apply your tattoo to the desired area, soak it with a cloth for thirty seconds and there you have your very own tattoo! All in all, I'm really pleased with my temporary art and will definitely be saving my others for events etc.

*this was a sponsored post

Temporary Pleasures | Fickle Temporary Tattoos

I recently dyed my hair and said good bye to my blonde highlighted locks. I think it's good to have a change now and again and I really like my colour. My pasty complexion makes me resemble Cathy Earnshaw from 'Wuthering Heights' (queue Kate Bush) so, I have been experimenting with my make-up a little more and I think I've found my 'go to' look for everyday!

I've been experimenting with my brows a lot lately and I definitely think less is more. I am not the hugest fan of the 'scouse' brow look either. So, I took the minimal approach with the shades 'Tranquil' and 'Lavish' from my MUA 'Undress Me Too' Palette with an angled brush. Next I simply do a winged liner look and apply some mascara. To add a bit of colour to my complexion, I will take Rimmel London Blush in 'Bronze' with a powder brush.


Today, 'For the Love of Thrift', my little baby, is officially one years old
On this day last year I created a blog that was simply to share with my readers an abundance of things from thrift tips, festivals and fairs to sharing days out with my family. I would never in a million years have thought I would have met one of my all time favourite you tubers (Rhiannon A.K.A. FashionRocksMySocks), I have been nominated for an award and I got the chance to interview one of my favourite artists and lots more of great opportunities, all in the space of one year! I've never felt so confident in an environment where I can be myself, and there are plenty of people who can relate to what I do. The blogging community is amazing and probably some of my best friendships have branched from this hobby.

I'd like to say a huge thank you to my family and friends for their support as without them, I don't know what I'd be doing without this blog to be quite honest! They've been so supportive and my mum has been the best plus one for every event and it's been a pleasure and I hope we go on many more adventures! It feels amazing to have survived a whole year blogging on For the Love of Thrift and here's to many more years to come!

Happy Birthday to For the Love of Thrift!

You might see a pattern emerging with ruined Abbeys (see exhibit A here)!
Yesterday, after finding out my GCSE results, my family and I visited Fountains Abbey in the Yorkshire Dales for a few hours since we have recently joined the National Trust (if you have ever seen The History Boys you may recognise it). It was very warm and glorious sunshine which lifted my mood even more! The views were absolutely breathtaking as we  had a walk around the grounds of the abbey and stopped off for a cup of tea and a little something to eat along the way. All in all, Fountains Abbey is such a magnificent building and I cannot wait to visit again.   
Have you ever visited Fountains Abbey?

Photo Diary | A Sunny Afternoon at Fountains Abbey

I thought I would write you a pretty personal post today, as it is something that I have been meaning to write for quite a while and I thought these Lyrics by Gabrielle Aplin summed up this post perfectly. Some of you might not really know how this little blog came about so I thought I might tell you in my own words and you might understand how these lyrics fit in.

Rewind about a year ago and I was happily writing another little blog and I had taken a lot of inspiration from a girl who I had become close friends with. However, my attitude towards this particular girl and blogging would take a turn for the worse when the girl began accusing me of stealing a quotation of hers and copying a post. I know I brought this all on myself as I knew what I was doing what was wrong but truthfully it was because I had very bad writing block and I thought that this girl's blog was the crème de la crème of blogs (although I no longer think that any more). We fought for hours over facebook which would leave me in tears and afraid of someone who I thought was my friend and at the time, I thought she was a like a big sister to me, and I literally worshipped every word that came out of her mouth. She would send me threats of blocking me on blogger for plagiarism and would relentlessly message me and belittle me. She honestly made me feel like I was an absolutely horrible person and would even use personal things I had told her against me to make me feel even more guilty. 

I do not wish to embarrass this girl any longer but I found out she had even sunk as low as to lie to me about her self harming just to get a sympathy vote and to make her look like the victim! I finally said enough after our last argument and deleted my blog in fury and distress. I became really down after deleting my other blog as it had become quite a big part of my life and it was something I had very much enjoyed. It was a few days after when I told my parents everything about the situation and I broke down in tears because I had always been embarrassed about my blog and I was so scared of showing them the conversations I had had with the girl. They were so supportive and told me to forget everything that had happened and start fresh. 

So low and behold, my blog was born. My journey of blogging had been a rocky few months so far but I have learnt to love it again and I have made so many friends, met so many amazing people! Thankfully, this girl and I haven't spoken since September last year and I feel so much better now [she's] not around. I honestly think that this has made me a lot more confident and I feel like I can stand up for myself. 

Thank you for reading if you made it this far down the post. Sorry if this post hasn't been that interesting but I am just trying to get a point across some people aren't who they seem and that the blogging community can be a very scary place sometimes. However, don't let this post put you off nor stop you from blogging! I just wanted to share with you, my experience from first hand.

I feel so much better now you’re not around

In early July, when we had the glorious heat, I met up with my friend at Kirkstall Abbey which is a gorgeous and local to me so, I decided to walk there which only took about half an hour and we had a lovely few hours together just chatting and eating strawberries, cake, and we even had party rings which took me back to when I was younger. 

On Sunday, my family and I went on a drive through the stunning Yorkshire Dales and we stopped off at a teeny tiny village called Grassington which has the smallest charity shop and eclectic little vintage shops and cafés so I decided to take a few snaps. I especially love the up-cycled umbrellas and I just had to take a photo as I thought it was really quirky and creative. Driving through the dales gave me a lot of inspiration for writing and blogging. 

 Let me know if you have ever visited Kirkstall Abbey or the Yorkshire Dales. 

Photo Diary | Kirkstall Abbey & A Little Wander in Grassington

Last night I attended a little event at the Lush Spa in Leeds City Centre to celebrate the shop's fourth birthday. The night involved finding out about some of the treatments that Lush do including Validation, The Spell, The Good Hour and Tailor Made. We even got a sneak peak at the spa rooms and they were absolutely amazing! Since it was my first time at Lush, it was a great experience and a bit overwhelming at first but It was really fascinating. We also found out about the range of makeup called 'Emotional Brilliance' which is tailored to your mood which was really interesting as I had never experience it before. All in all, I had a lovely night and it was great to see some familar faces and to mingle with lots of bloggers!

Happy Birthday Lush Spa Leeds! 

Lush Spa Leeds: Fourth Birthday Event

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