Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Chit Chat & Giveaway

So here I am sat on my bed in my PJs (yes a long sleeved, robot imprinted, full top and bottom set from ASOS (get 'em here)...no, obviously this photo isn't posed...) writing this post. I thought I would make it a bit of a chatty post as I haven't really done one before and I have been nominated for the 'Inspiring Bloggers Award' by Eunice from The Berry Way (thank you!). I'm not sure it's technically an 'award' but it's a good way to network with other bloggers and for those who don't know me IRL to learn a few things about me you may not already know! It's also a good excuse for me to have a scour round the internet and find a few more small bloggers like myself - I only, really tend to read the "big blogs" so its nice to find a couple of new bloggers!

Also, as I am almost at 100 bloglovin' followers (I know it doesn't sound like a lot to most of you but that's 100 people who I have never met following 'bdazzles' so its a big deal to me!) I thought I would also do a mini giveaway. Details of that will be under the award!

So the rules of this award are as follows:
- Thank the person who nominated you and add their link to your blog
- List the award rules so your nominees will know what to do.
- State 7 things about yourself.
- Nominate 10 other bloggers.
- Contact your nominees and provide a link to your post.
- Display the award logo (button) on your blog, whether on your sidebar or about page, or special award page.

So seven 'things' about myself, hmm, I'm never very good at these kind of things, lets start off easy

1. I have two dogs who I love to pieces. Pixie, who is a 2 year old collie/springer spaniel mix, and Lolli, an 8(?) year old cocker spaniel. They are both a bit loopy but I wouldn't have them any other way. There's a fair few photos of them on my Instagram.
2. Speaking of photos...I love taking them! My dad bought me a 550D Canon DSLR for my 18th photos which takes amazing pictures. However, I feel as though I haven't used it to its full potential yet and would like to take a short photography course.
3. Food photos are my favourite. They're my favourite to take (as obviously it means a delicious plate of food is sitting in front of me) and they're my favourite photos to look at. The most annoying thing, however, is when this foodie photo doesn't have a link to any kind of recipe or restaurant! How am I supposed to find and eat this scrummy looking dish?!
4. I looove a good candle. My favourite at the moment is the Paddywax Apothecary Tobacco and Patchouli candle. My cousin first bought me this for my birthday from White Stuff and then my mum bought me a few of the bigger versions for Christmas. They smell divine!
5. I have a big girl crush on Jennifer Aniston. This has only started since I watched Just Go With It (great film if you ask me), but now I just love her!
6. I hate hate hate hate bananas
7. I have a very wonky baby finger. In my first year of university I managed to cut it up open and consequently had to have an operation to fix it. It has never been the same since :(

The bloggers I nominate are Clean Simple EatsCherry Blossom StreetGreenthorne BoulevardJeans and RosesFionnacEnsemble DeuxCHEDSNEHCocoa ChelseaThe Chic Geek and Sophie V Mace

Now! Giveaway time. So I thought it would be nice as a little celebration as well as a big thank you, to do a small little giveaway for this 'Kittens For When Sh*t Happens' book. Owen bought me the 'Puppies For When Sh*t Happens Book' for my birthday and it really does do a stella job at cheering me up when I'm feeling down in the dumps. I'm running the giveaway through Rafflecopter so the winner will be picked completely at random, and to enter you just need to enter your email below and then do whichever option you fancy (or all of them!). Make sure that once you have clicked on the option you want to do that you then click 'I tweeted' etc at the bottom of the screen to ensure that you have entered (your entries will show up in the right hand corner of the rafflecopter screen).
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Obviously, you don't need to complete all of these options - I just did a few incase people were unable to/didn't want to complete certain 'tasks' or whatever they are called. The giveaway will be open for 2 weeks and is only open to UK and European readers (sorry!). I will email the winner and then post the book out first class! Good luck!


  1. I saw your comment on Sarah Ashcroft's Instagram picture and checked out your blog and insta! I totally agree with you about needing to connect with other small bloggers, as I only follow big bloggers too. Maybe we can talk or something? My Instagram is dani_jacobson_ and my blog is www.peachyandpretty.blogspot.com so let me know if you want to just chat! :) xx

    1. Yes definitely! I will head over to your blog and instagram now :D xx

  2. Cute post! Thanks for nominating me lovely :)

  3. I like this awards as well because they allow us smaller bloggers to connect!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style, Beauty Blog

    1. Yeah it is always nice to get to know new bloggers! xx

  4. Great Post! Love the idea of connecting bloggers!

    1. Me too! I think I need to work on my networking skills - really want to get to know lots more bloggers!

  5. I was just about to nominate you for this, but I see that you have already been nominated! I enjoy reading your blog, If you have time and want to check my questions out please do. :)


    1. Aw thank you! Will head over and take a look! x