Interview With A Fellow Blogger | X Chatty Blonde X

Good Morning World!

Usually my blog is something that I work on my myself, but just to try something new but, Caris and I decided to do a collaboration post. I have asked her 8 questions related to herself and to blogging, and she has answered them for me here. This is an easy way for you to get to know her as a blogger, I would definitely recommend checking out Chatty Blonde because I am in love with her posts. To my interview with her, click here.

  1. Can you tell my readers a bit about yourself?

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    Caris- x Chatty Blonde x and x Dance Dork x

Hello! My name is Caris aka x Chatty Blonde x and x Dance Dork x, I’m 17 years old, and am a British Blogger with two blogs, x Chatty Blonde x being my primary blog (of which Georgie will be answering my questions so keep an eye out) and x Dance Dork x being my secondary one. I am so happy to answer these questions on Georgie’s blog I just love the layout and her style of writing. Being my best friend for nearly three years I can honestly say she’s awesome 🙂 Who would have thought a drama GCSE class would result in our friendship 🙂 I will now answer more of these questions before I type too much because I love to write ha 🙂

I am also a college student going to study A-levels at College. My hobbies in order of my love for them firstly would be Dancing, Ballet being the main type, a big giveaway to my reason behind my dancing blog I have known as x Dance Dork x. I love acting, drama being one of my GCSE’s and a hobby. I took part in theater productions like Disney’s Alice in Wonderland in the summer and even school performances like Arabian Nights where I was on stage pretty much the whole time narrating. So much pressure. I love animals, a reason why I previously studied and achieved a qualification of an Level 3 Diploma in Animal Management this past year. I enjoy sciences in relation to animals, resulting in a Distinction in Aquatics and Animal Biology the past academic year. As mentioned and visible in some of my posts, my dogs Skye, Quest and Gem mean a lot to me.

I love acting and love to read books; especially crime dramas, murder mysteries and enjoy watching horror movies. I just love the mystery behind it no matter how gruesome they can be. I am a big fan of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Bones, and Criminal minds no matter how old these series may be I adore watching them. I may be slightly addicted to this genre. To add on to the above I love to sing along to songs out loud like “Someone New” by Hosier which I am listening to as I type this 🙂 Great fun to sing out loud wouldn’t you agree.

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‘The Lake’ near the Princess Towers. Photograph by me Caris -x Chatty Blonde x

2) How would you describe your blogging style?

My primary blog x Chatty Blonde x I find hard to describe because it’s a mix of things. I would say it’s mainly Lifestyle, which can be seen by the number of lifestyle posts I have. My dancing blog x Dance Dork x is about Ballet primarily however is about dance in general. It includes ballet advice, facts and tips like the correct ballet shoes for advanced ballet (pointe work). My style is just my style. It’s how I write and when I start typing hours go by without me even being aware. I post a lot of lifestyle things alongside beauty and even some cooking recipes I think everyone should know about. I share what I feel I need to share with my followers like tips for preparing ballet shoes on my x Dance Dork x blog or advice on my x Chatty Blonde x blog. If I feel I know a way to share information relative to my dance blog for example, I will write about it so people can read it so that this helps them 🙂

3) What do you think is the best strategy that worked well for you to get more traffic to your blog?

This is a hard question. Traffic to your blog can take some time. I created my blogs last year and I would say the best ways to do this is to be yourself when you write. I believe that colabing with others can help too. Colabs benefit people with traffic and it can be a good laugh as well. I was Georgie’s photographer for her fashion posts and enjoyed this role. I’m happy with the images; the clothes and Georgie in the photographs look great! Colabing is fun to do and a great way to create more ideas for your blog. It’s definitely worth a try alongside patience when waiting for traffic.

4) Who has impacted you most in blogging and why?

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Summer 2014.

Who has impacted me the most. I would have to say that the person who has impacted me most would be Georgie. She has influenced me and reminded me of how great blogging can be and mentioned blogger to me a year ago. Her blog has come on great and it’s nice to look at both of our posts and think “yep we are being ourselves and we’re enjoying it”. Georgie is always positive about posts which is very confidence building for a beginner blogger. I honestly have to say thank you to Georgie, even if you may have clogged up my statistics by visiting my page multiple times in the day it’s still nice 🙂

5) What inspired you to start your blog?

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Me performing a dance leap in mid air. Photograph taken By Georgie – Lady Fascination. Thank you to Georgie for taking this image for my dance blog- xDance Dorkx 🙂 Summer 2015.
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Beside from Georgie’s positivity towards blogging that’s very encouraging and inspiring when you’re a blogger, I would say that my love and interest in writing has inspired me to further take up blogging.  When I was younger I used to write up stories of Mermaids and Fairies and even illustrate too. I just loved creating stories and getting stuck into my imagination. When I was around 8 Years I wanted to be an author and my interest in reading encouraged me. When I was 16 I realised after a long hard lesson of GCSE English Language that I really enjoy creative writing and Literature. After exams I started my blog because I loved to write and I realised that it was sort of becoming a hobby. To write things that real life people could read is so exciting, I still get excited now when I’ve posted another blog post!

6) In the future where do you think your blog will take you?

I’m not entirely sure where blogging will take me. I can never know what will happen in the future however I hope that I will still be blogging definitely as it’s become something I do in my spare time, a hobby (alongside dance of course). There are a lot of bloggers out there at the moment and I think more people will definitely be joining in because its a great thing to do.

Image of the Princess Towers, my favourite place to walk and present in my previous post.
Image of the Princess Towers, my favourite place to walk and present in my previous post on my blog x Chatty Blonde x.

7) What is the biggest difference in your life post-blogging?

My confidence is something that has changed since starting my blogs. Writing things like what I enjoy or my own little tips and putting it up for people to read seems to add a boost of confidence because you are sharing what you love or are interested in writing about. It means a lot for people to like what you write and just makes me happy 🙂 Apart from blogging, going to a far away college where you don’t know anyone has increased my confidence a lot. Having to travel on two buses twice a day four days a week (I had a day off in the week yay!) makes you feel independent and that increases confidence in yourself.

8) How much time do you spend on average writing a post?

Posts take quite some time for me. By the time I have written up the post, sorted grammatical errors, included images, sorted the formatting of the post, included any links needed and inserted captions under images time has gone by fast. But it’s worth it. I would honestly say on average I spend between 1-4 hours depending on the post content. I know when I have written a great post when I feel like I have fried eyes from staring at a screen for this long. Maybe not very normal to feel like that, but hey I just love to write.

I will leave now but before this happens, I would like to say thank you to my closest and best friend Georgie, for letting me appear on your blog and to answer these questions. I enjoyed this so much. Thank you for the positivity towards my blogs Georgie 🙂 Means a lot. Keep up your blogging x.

Please don’t forget to check my blogs out and follow me (click here), Caris, by clicking on the blog names x Chatty Blonde x and x Dance Dork x . I hope I can be of interest to you.

Yours truly,

Caris (x Chatty Blonde x & x Dance Dork x)

Princess Towers

Good Morning World!

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Before we begin, can we take a moment to admire the beauty that is this 60’s inspired A-line dress from Miss Selfridge £39.99. It was one of those “I have to have you moments”, from when you first lay eyes on it, until you first try it on, this dress was my 60’s dream. However, despite the undeniable WOW factor, this dress is very different from something that I would usually buy, but as I have gathered from experience the clothes that seem the furthest away from your taste, may be the thing you fall deeply in love with, because you never expect it.

I paired it with these chunky white leather sandals to add a touch of ‘2015’ to this 60’s inspired dress.

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Photographer: Caris http://xchattyblondex.blogspot.co.uk/

forever yours

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Barley Fields

Good Morning World!

I love going on long walks, this is one of the reasons why I got a dog. There is something so tranquil about being alone in a field with only your closest friends as your company. Just you, them and nature. IMG_2557

My friend Phoebe and I, decided that we would do something a little different than the usual shopping spree, and we took a picnic up the fields behind my house and went on the longest walk I think I have ever experienced. However, despite the everyday, legs aching, feet throbbing, we managed to walk to the next village; with frequent picnic breaks. During these breaks we seemed to take more than a fair number of photographs, most of them being the casual “oh you caught me off guard”, one of my personal favourites. Other than pretending to be models, Phoebe and I enjoyed a healthy session of Rummy, which for any of you who don’t know is a card game. “You never know what you’re going to need a pack of cards” Phoebe exclaimed as she pulled a deck of cards out of her bag. Talk about anti-techno day.

We spend nearly 4 hours out on our adventure, and by the end we were knackered. Phoebe had a pedometer app on her phone so she was able to tell me how many steps we took, how many miles me walked and how many calories we burned in the process.

Steps: 9,662

Distance: 6.19 km (3.3miles)

calories burned: 276

Steps per minute: 106

They say to stay healthy you are suppose to walk 10,000 steps a day, I think that this is a very unrealistic goal as Phoebe and I dedicated a whole day to go walking and we still didn’t reach the recommended goal. I don’t think that anyone can walk 10,000 steps all day, everyday, unless they are a long distance runner or professional walker (if there is such a thing).

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Overall, doing exercise (even if it is just walking) always puts me in a good mood, and even if I don’t feel it at the time, I always feel very proud that I have done something active.

I challenge everyone reading this to achieve 10,000 steps in a day, before the summer is over.

Happy walking.

Georgina xx

Freedom in a Seaside City: Bournemouth holiday – Day 3

Good Morning World!

Another day, another blog post! This is getting to be quite a series. When looking back I realise how much I actually did on this holiday. Crazy, how much I packed into these 4 short days.

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IMG_2525I woke up this morning to Georgie shaking me, not my idea way to wake up especially when your tired, lets just say I wasn’t in the greatest mood with her after that. It was half 10, and since we had been out raving at a Clean Bandit concert until half 12 in the morning, its safe to say we were a little tired and deserved a lie in. Georgie obviously thought I didn’t.

We started the day off with a very late breakfast, which could be classed at brunch considering the time. Anyway, when we finally woke up Lynda said that we could go off on our own today, in the town centre and to the beach. This wasn’t scary for me as Bournemouth is what I would consider my second home, I know exactly where everything is and how to get there, Georgie was a little more anxious, as this was her first time in the city.

Shopping is probably my biggest kryptonite. I am a shopaholic like some people are alcoholics, (that may be an extreme example but you get the idea). This is a benefit for my wardrobe and fashion gene, but maybe not for my bank balance. In fact it took a huge hit today. But what I bought, was in my opinion worth it.IMG_2518

After shopping Georgie and I treated ourselves to a MacDonald’s in the park, normally I am not the biggest MacDonald’s fan, I have probably offended a few people now, but fast food is not what I would consider an ideal meal. But whenever I’m with Georgie, it is all we eat, that may be because where I live there aren’t many places that actually sell food, or it may be that Georgie is just a bad influence. I guess I’ll never know. After our “very healthy meal” we made our way to the beach where we were taking ‘tumblr’ style pictures, at least trying to anyway. The idea has always been there for us, having beautiful pictures is another one of my weaknesses, as you can tell by my holiday posts having over 30 photos on, (let me just tell you they are only a snippet of how many I actually have). We obviously had no one to take the pictures on the beach for us as Lynda was off doing her own thing, so we discovered a miracle app, Retrica, which has a timer so that is the secret behind our atrzy fartzy pictures. The one bad thing about using a timer is that I had to keep running back and forth between the shoot and the camera, I looked like a right weirdo. There was even an old couple sat next to us who were laughing, but that didn’t stop us from having our fun.

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There is something about being at the beach that makes you feel so relaxed. My advice for any workaholics out there, a place to go and de-stress is definitely at the beach. It doesn’t even have to be for a proper holiday, if you travel down for the weekend or even just a day. I would definitely recommend it. Happy beaching!

Georgina xx

Sixteen going on Seventeen

“I am sixteen, going on seventeen. Innocent as a rose.

People I meet, may tell me I’m sweet, and willingly I believe.”

– The Sound of Music                                                      

Good Morning World!

Today is not just any day, but it is my birthday, well technically its tomorrow, (August 10th). I am finally 17, and I can no longer call myself the baby of the year.  Being born in August has its goods and bads, sometimes I feel the bad out weights the good, but like any time of the year we have to make use of the advantages and keep everything else in the back of our minds. If anyone reading this is also born in August, you will feel my pain when I say that I am always the last person to be able to do something. This year its driving, every one of my friends has their provisional driving licence and is taking lessons, heck some of them have even passed, and I’m just sat here, still sixteen, waiting for tomorrow so the birthday fairy can bring me my magical grown up number.

My 2nd Birthday
My 2nd Birthday

Over the last couple of weeks I have been contemplating in my head what I should do for my birthday this year, I never have a massive celebration, to be quite honest they aren’t my thing, I prefer to spend my birthday with my closest friends and family, instead of having a massive blow out session. To the people around me, my birthday never really becomes a topic until a couple of days before, and I’m not one to mention it myself, well not this year anyway. In fact, I seem to get more excited over other peoples birthdays than my own. I still don’t know if that’s a bad thing, or not?

Anyway, all this birthday talk got me thinking about all my past birthdays when I was a child, and how Mum and Dad would hire out the village hall, and we have a disco with a bouncy house and magician. I have a vivid memory of one year when my parents wanted to make my party extra special for me, so they played my favourite song at the time (Fast Food Song), and my mum and a couple of her friends were being the dancers at the front, and everyone was mimicking their dance moves. I bet they felt like pop stars. The same year, my dad became the magician because we couldn’t afford a proper one. He spent weeks and weeks learning new magic tricks for my party, he got pretty good at it by the end, and to this day I sometimes find money behind my ears.

At nursery for my 3rd Birthday
At nursery for my 3rd Birthday

Birthdays are very special, turning another year older and only celebrating it with the people who love you the most. I am looking forward to my birthday, however tomorrow I am spending it at work, because the idiot that I am, forgot to book the day off. But I’m not complaining, I love my job and the people I get to work with, so its not the end of the world, however my shift does start at half 7 in the morning.

Looking forward to tomorrows early start.

Georgina xx

Freedom in a seaside city: Bournemouth holiday – Day 2: Stand up Paddleboarding and Campbestival

IMG_2383Good Morning World!

It is day 2 of my exciting holiday adventure to Bournemouth, and I have to say today was one of my favourite days of the entire weekend. The second day is always the most exciting, its the first proper day of the holiday where no travelling is required and you wake up to the beautiful place you’re currently calling home.I couldn’t believe I was here, even at this point it hadn’t quite sunk in. I kept saying to Georgie, “OMG I can’t believe we’re here”, we were buzzing at what lay ahead.

We literally raced out of bed that morning ready to start the day. Lynda took us down to Boscombe Pier where we had breakfast on the beach at this cute little restaurant/café called Urban Reef. We both had the pancakes, served with maple syrup and wild berries. I had been down to Urban Reef before and they are known for they exquisite pancakes, so there was no surprise when I saw them on the menu.IMG_2396

After breakfast Lynda suggested that since today was such a glorious day weather wise and sea wise, we should go Stand up paddle boarding as she didn’t think we would get another chance as the sea was flat as a pancake (ironic). It was perfect.

For those of you who don’t know what stand-up paddle-boarding (SUP) is, its basically when you stand on a 9 feet board (2.7m), and you are given a paddle, and you basically stand on the board and paddle out into the sea.

It was so exciting being out on the sea as it was so clear you see for miles beneath you, this is one of the most frightening experiences of being out on the sea, however it was so cool as it was Jellyfish season and we could see thousands of Jellyfish underneath us. Before you ask, the ones in Britain are not poisonous, and there has been very few cases where they have stung anyone. The most they will do is swim away from us.

As you can see from the very few photos that I actually attached we had a marvellous time.

After the seaside adventure we headed to Camp Bestival, which was a festival held in Ludworth Castle in Dorset. We had tickets for the Friday, and I was so excited as festivals are a summer essential. They had loads of headlining acts and so much to do for all the family. Usually festivals are predominantly music and food, however Camp Bestival had some weird forms of entertainment that most people wouldn’t have even thought of. For example, they had yoga classes, silent discos and a Bollywood tent, where people could go to dance, and let their inhibitions takeover.

My favourite part of the entire festival was getting to see Clean Bandit, perform live. They are one of my all time favourite bands and Georgie and I managed to make our way to the barrier. I had never been front row at a festival or concert before, so it was exciting as the experience is completely different to the middle, back or side, as you feel a lot more involved and the atmosphere is brilliant. Unfortunately, my camera decided to have a meltdown because of the light on stage, so all of the photos I took are blurred or just terrible. However I did manage to take some videos, but as we were at the front, we were right next to the speaker and my camera mic had a little spaz. Overall, my festival experience has been a good one, looking forward to what the future holds.

Georgina xx