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New Year's Resolutions... 2.0!

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This will be my last post of 2016! How time flies! At the beginning of this year I was a nervous girl hidden behind a screen; although, I am still on your screens, I no longer feel hidden. My page views are insanely good and my confidence has hugely grown! Who knows, maybe 2017 will be the year that Runnerella's identity is finally revealed! 

Still in the mood of nostalgia, the start of this post will be a look back at last years resolutions. If I'm completely honest, I can't even remember what they were! So here it goes...

Post on Time- This post was written when I was still posting twice a week. It was so hard to keep up with everything soIi stopped doing that in March. Ever since then I haven't missed a week! Okay, that might be a slight lie but I am waaaay better then I used to be!5k in 28 minutes- Does anyone remember when I actually used to blog about running? My name suggests I still do, but my content is so different! Now I'm more focused toward fashi…

All I Want For Christmas Is...

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It's Christmas Eve! December has gone so quickly I feel like it's still only the 10th. But, there's only one day until the day so I thought it was a good time to publish my Christmas wish list. I am going to use the typical disclaimer and say that I don't expect to get all (or any!) of these things but it's just inspiration for things you could ask for too...

1) Carrie Fisher to get better- This is quite a new development for something I would like, but it is quite a big one. If you didn't know, last night Carrie suffered a heart attack and is currently in critical condition. She played Princess Leia- my favourite Disney princess- in the Star wars franchise which is something I love. I hope that whoever was put in charge of celebrity deaths 2016 decides to stop. I was distraught about David Bowie and Alan Rickman but Carrie Fisher! Just stop!

2) A new ukulele- I got my current one for Christmas last year and love playing it soooo much! Singing is a big pa…

Christmas Tag!

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This is my second Christmas post! Writing this really helped me get into the holiday spirit! I decided to do the Christmas tag as you can probably tell from the title. I'm really terrible at intros so let's just get started!

1) What's your favourite Christmas film?
The Muppet Christmas Carol! My family watches it on the first weekend of December, without fail It's still funny, after what feels like the 1000th time. Another favourite is Elf, but after being in the musical, it's kind of lost it's sparkle!

2) Have you ever had a white Christmas?
To be honest, I can't remember one! I must have, though, because there was one in 2010. It was pretty recent too, how did I forget?

3) Where do you usually spend the holidays?
I've never actually spent Christmas anywhere but my house. I think Christmas is a time for family so it just feels even cosier if it's in your house!

4) What is your favourite Christmas song?
Don't make me choose! My sister thinks it&…

A Monster Calls- Patrick Ness: Book Review!

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I would just like to start this post with a big apology. Last week I spent the weekend in Birmingham at Clothes Show Live! Unfortunately, I didn't manage to upload anything but I'm back this week with my first post in December! Today is my first post of this season's 'Zoella Book Club' Reviews. I have previously read, 'A Monster Calls' so I thought it would be a good book to start off with. Remember, if you have missed any of my previous installments you can find them all in the bar at the top of my screen! 

As always, I will try to keep spoilers to a minimum!
'A Monster Calls' follows the life of 12 year old Connor O'Malley: it is not a happy one. His mother has been diagnosed with cancer; his horrible grandma is coming to stay; the bullying at school is getting worse; his dad is living in America. Oh, and Connor is getting nightly visits from a monster! Can his life be turned around by the monster's three stories or is it all just to…

My Christmas Gift Guide!!

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Welcome to the first of my Christmas posts! I'm already ridiculously excited and there is still 29 days to go! Today I'm going to be giving my gift suggestions for anyone who needs help with their gift giving. Obviously, Christmas isn't all about the presents but it's always nice to give someone a gift that you know they will love! That was a super long intro so lets get into the actual post!

£5 or less...

1) Sleek Mini Matte Me 4 set: I have this on my list because this set looks amazing! For anyone who doesn't know, liquid lipsticks are meant to be the next 'thing' (Thanks to Kylie Jenner) so these are perfect for the makeup lover in your life! The only thing I will say is that they have been sold out online and are impossible to find in store. Let's just hope that they get restocked soon!

2)Impulse Body Spray Mini Cracker Gift Set- Rock and Love, Why Not and Very Pink are all included in this adorable set. The best part about it is that it is cu…

Everything, Everything- Nicola Yoon: Book Review!

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This is the last installment of the original 'Zoella Book Club' reviews. Although, this is not the last you'll see of the series! Last month Zoe released the Autumn books she has chosen so come back on the 10th of December to see my review of 'The twelve days of Dash and Lily'. 

I would just like to say that I have absoloutely loved making this series so far. I am a really avid reader so finding material that I wouldn't normally choose myself has been amazing! I think I have been reviewing for long enough now to say that I love it! If you also have a passion for reading, please try writing about books. You might just surprise yourself: like I did! But for now, let's get on with the review!

As always, I will try to keep spoiler to a minimum!
'Everything, Everything' follows the very small life of Madeline Whittier. She has been house bound for the pat 17 years of her life because of a very rare condition called SCID; this hasn't got her spir…

Wonder Woman: UN Ambassador?

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Today I'm going to be uploading a post that I've wanted to do for a while. A couple of weeks ago - admittedly on Googlebox- I found out that Wonder Woman had been made the UN's honorary ambassador for women's empowerment!

I just want to start of by saying that I am a huge DC fan! I have read about 1000 comics and I actually loved 'Suicide Squad'. On that basis, you would think that Wonder Woman's new role would thrill me. To a certain extent that's true; that's just the surface. As I've said DC is the franchise that invented Wonder Woman. The operative word there being 'invented'. As much as it pains me to say it, she is fictional! Is it really appropriate to use a made up person as an ambassador for an organisation as big as the U.N? There are lots of amazing real women out there who definitely deserved the chance!

Bringing me on to my next point, is having a character as an empowerment ambassador a good thing? If it was a 'wo…

October Favourites!

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Today I'm going to be doing my monthly favourites! To be honest, the word 'monthly' isn't  really acceptable here because the last time I did my favourites post was in July! Let's not waste any more time and get straight into them!

Legally Blonde: The Musical- Where do I begin? I am obsessed! I am a huge musical theatre fan but this is the musical to beat all musicals! (Even Hamilton which I adore!!) I watched it on Youtube and then had to watch it all again because I loved it so much. Three words: Laura Bell Bundy! She is fantastic as Elle! My favourite character is actually Serena, though, because she reminds me so much of myself!

Scream Queens: I absolutely love this programme! I know that it's meant to be scary but I just find it hilarious! It's a comedy slasher so if you don't like graphic violence it probably isn't for you. I get scared pretty easily but I find Scream Queens really easy to handle. There are zero jump scares and it has th…

The Sky is Everywhere-Jandy Nelson: Book Review!

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Today is the 7th part of my 'Zoella Book Club' review series. This is the penultimate part! I am sure you are all familiar with the format of these posts (if not catch up with every installment at the top!) so I'll just get started!

As always, I will try to keep spoilers to a minimum!

'The Sky is Everywhere' follows 16 year old Lennie. Her sister- Bailey- has recently passed away, shaking up Lennie's life completely. The sisters' mother is a 'wander' who abandoned the girls as a baby; it is Gram and Big who have to cope with a grief stricken Lennie. Somewhere in the mourning, boys come into the mix! Between Toby, Bailey's fiance, and Joe, new boy in town, Lennie starts to wonder if the end of Bailey's life was the start of her own!  

I thought that the plot of this book was amazing. The way it was intertwined with poetry gave it such a literary feel! As you probably know, I'm not a big fan of sad books so going into this I didn'…

Last Minute Halloween Looks!

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It's that time of year again where people dress up as cats and ask strangers for sweets. I'm talking about Halloween! I have a bitter disliking for it, too. Since when was Halloween a holiday? To be honest, I've been in Christmas mode since September! Sadly, I didn't think I could miss a Halloween post, though. For all of the last minute Halloweeeners, here are some easy costume ideas!

1) Forest Fairy/ Goblin/ Creature!- Okay, this was my top notch costume last year and it was super easy. All you have to do is whack on a skirt and a colourful top (I'd recommend pink or green) and you're good to go. If you want to take it up a notch, apply some pink/ silver eye shadow and a lot f highlighter. To take this look to expert level - something I never managed to accomplish!- get an empty kitchen roll tube; scrunch the end of it together; secure with masking tape; paint it pink. You have your very own wand! 

2) Secret Agent- This is definitely minimum effort. Fin…

My Hair Care Routine!

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Today I am going to be doing my hair care routine! I've been debating whether or not to write this post for a long time because I wasn't too sure if anyone would want to read it; I decided to do it anyway! With that, let's get on with the blog!

Okay, first off, let's start off with Shampoos! As part of a duo, I used to use 'Tresemme Renewal Hair and Scalp'. I stopped using this quite recently because I didn't think it was very effective. I do have dandruff and at some points it can be worse than others. Recently it's got a lot worse and I just didn't think that the Tresemme shampoo was good enough for the job.

For that reason I swapped over to 'Alpecin Dandruff Killer Shampoo.' It has the least attractive name and the ugliest bottle but it had the complete opposite effect on your hair. I have never loved a shampoo more! The actual product comes out bright blue, which I really love! That sounds crazy, but I find it so much more fun then…

Beautiful Broken Things -Sara Barnard: Book Review!

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Welcome to the 6th installment of my 'Zoella Book Club' review series. If this is your first time on my blog (welcome!) this is a series which I use to review all of the books shortlisted for Zoella's WHSmith book club. I have been working my way through them all for the past couple of months so if you've missed any of my previous reviews take a look at the bar at the top! 

Just another disclaimer, I checked 'Beautiful Broken Things' out of my local library! Checking a book out of your local library is a great way to read new things without the cost. Sadly, the government has found libraries an easy target for funding cuts; as of March, 343 libraries closed; 111 closure were planned; 25% of librarians jobs were lost. It really disgusts me that the government are trying to get rid of such an amazing service so please go down to your local library to show how much they mean to us!

Anywho, let's get on with the review. As always, I will try to keep spoil…

1 Year of Blogging - A letter to my future self!

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Today is an exact year since my first post went up! I cannot believe how fast it has gone. I struggled to think of something that would encompass the whole of a year; I decided to write something for the next one! This letter is not to be opened until 3rd of October 2017...

Dear Runnerella,

How's you're year been? Did it go as quickly as last time? This year was insane! I swear it's only been a month since last October! Wait, no, make that two: one for Christmas and one for my birthday!

Have you joined any more social network? This year you got a blog, Google+ and an instagram- @runnerella_ - (#shameless self promo!) which you are very active on. How many times a week do you post? Up until March (I think!) you posted on Wednesday and Saturdays; now you're just onto Saturdays. 

The reason I stopped posting on Wednesday was because most of the posts that went up mid week were terrible! I didn't get enough time to properly think about them and it was so hard getti…

Body Image...

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This week I will be covering more of a serious issue so if you are looking for my normal content please go throughout the archives at the side!As you can guess from the title I will be talking about body image so if you don't want to read this please come back next weeks! But, for now...

The models in Topshop. I know that this is already a widely spoken about topic but having recently been into the shop I was, yet again, disgusted. This is a store which sells clothes starting from a size 4 and stopping at 16; the shops main customer is teens. For that reason, I understand that the bodies of the mannequins need to be a certain shape to appeal to the shoppers.

Just writing this makes me feel horrible but I know it's true. Since when was seeing clothes on someone half your dress size and double your height appealing? Probably, since I was born. For years supermodels have dominated the media. They are the people who sample sizes are made for because they can make anything lo…

The Potion Diaries- Amy Alward: Book Review!

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Welcome to the 5th installment of my 'Zoella Book Club Review Series.' If you've missed the past couple you can find all of them in the tab at the top of your screen. For now, let's get on with the review...

As always, I will try to keep spoilers to a minimum!
The Potion Diaries follows Samantha Kemi, an alchemist, in the fictional city of nova. A hunt has been called to find a cure for Princess Evelyn after she poisoned herself with a love potion. A hunt is huge news for the Kemi's because it could be just what they need to restore their business to it's former glory; with Zoro Aster in their way it won't be easy. Sam is looking for a cure but she mind find her own love instead!  

I really enjoyed the plot. I read this book, for the first time, about a year ago so for this series I decided to reread it. A lot of books lose their enjoyment when you know what is coming next: this one definitely didn't! It is the lightest book on the list. There was …

How Blogging Has Changed My Life...

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Welcome to my blog! There are now officially 100 of you which I am ecstatic about! This post has been made to commemorate this amazing achievement. I know that my last sentence  could sound really big headed but it was a group effort. All of you were the people who made this happen so, first and foremost, I want to say thank you! With all of your help I am one step closer to becoming a journalist.

That is the first point I want to make. One of the ways that blogging has affected me is that I have built up an immense portfolio. Before this, I used to much prefer fiction writing but now I am equally as passionate about both! Also, having this much of my writing in one place makes it really easy for the future. All of this will help me to one day become a journalist because it means that; I get experience every week; my writing is already seen by a lot of people; I have gained a lot of skills.

That fluid transition is leading me on to my skills! Blogging has made me a lot more empl…

Back to School Tips and Tricks!

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Today is the final installment of my back to school series! If you still haven't bought all of your school supplies (wow, this is last minute) follow this link; if you would like to see what'll be in my school bag this year take a look at this link! Today's post will be my top 10 tips for making the back to school season even better! 

1) Have alarms all over your room!-- I normally have no trouble waking up for school, but if you do, this trick is great. If you put your alarm (it can be on your phone, clock, whatever you have!) somewhere out of reach, you'll have to get out of bed to turn it off. Once you're out of bed you will automatically be feeling more awake!

2) Set your time table as your lock screen! -- This is the most modern tip ever but it genuinely helps you to remember your next lesson. My theory is that because I'm always on my phone the lessons are sub- consciously going into my brain so after a couple of the weeks I can go back to my Prison…