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Your alarm just went off. After hitting snooze numerous times and groaning at the thought of leaving your bed, you pick up your phone. You're now scrolling Twitter with eyes half open. Sound familiar? Yeah, me too. That's me every morning; whether I wake up at 6am or 12pm the first thing I do is grab my phone. I like to think I'm not alone in this rather unhealthy habit. If you're like me (and especially if you're a fellow blogger or social media enthusiast) it can sometimes feel like you live half of your life online.


A recent phone ban at work meant it was time to get used to being without my phone and it's been pretty eye opening. Don't get me wrong, I don't sit on my phone at work. Being in retail means always being on my feet with something to do ninety percent of the time. But before the phone ban I would occasionally use my phone to check the time, see if I'd had any texts and check emails when I had a spare moment and the shop was quiet. For the first week or so being kept from using my phone (or even having it on my person) felt SO odd. I genuinely had moments of compulsion to grab my phone and check my notifications and even felt my phone vibrate in my back pocket when it wasn't there. It made me notice how often I reach for my phone.

I've also realised just how much of my time is taken up by checking for notifications and refreshing my apps. So much so that, when I'm without my phone, I feel bored and dissatisfied. Time for a detox? I think so.


Speaking from personal experience and in a non-patronising way, it seems to me that we all rely on our phones like they're our life support. Every like fuels another breath and every text/snapchat notification keeps our hearts beating. Dramatic? Yes. Kind of accurate? Also, yes. Okay, enough of the metaphors, I won't die without my phone BUT if I didn't have access to it during my down time I think I'd go a little crazy.

I really wasn't sure where I'd head with this post. It's not a rant, I'm not preaching a social media detox and I'm not justifying the social epidemic brought to us courtesy of the Instagram Age. Have I just written a 'Think Piece'? I think it's interesting to properly consider how much of our lives revolve around our phones and apps. My parents grew up in a time when mobile phones didn't even exist and the concept of an 'app' was too distant to comprehend. Now, kids get iPads for Christmas and if you don't have Instagram you're deemed 'out of the ordinary'.


I'd love to end this post by saying 'my New Years Resolution is to go on a social media detox!' but I'm a part-time blogger and full-time Instagram addict and as far as I'm concerned that's not about to change. However, I do want to start paying more attention to the amount of time I spend on my phone and checking my notifications and perhaps try to reduce the time I spend scrolling.  Let me know your thoughts. Are you a social media addict? Have you tried detoxing? Have you realised, after reading this post, that you might be more addicted than you think? Thanks for reading sweeties! Lots of love,

Kate xoxo

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An Open Letter to My Fellow Social Media Addicts


Your alarm just went off. After hitting snooze numerous times and groaning at the thought of leaving your bed, you pick up your phone. You're now scrolling Twitter with eyes half open. Sound familiar? Yeah, me too. That's me every morning; whether I wake up at 6am or 12pm the first thing I do is grab my phone. I like to think I'm not alone in this rather unhealthy habit. If you're like me (and especially if you're a fellow blogger or social media enthusiast) it can sometimes feel like you live half of your life online.


A recent phone ban at work meant it was time to get used to being without my phone and it's been pretty eye opening. Don't get me wrong, I don't sit on my phone at work. Being in retail means always being on my feet with something to do ninety percent of the time. But before the phone ban I would occasionally use my phone to check the time, see if I'd had any texts and check emails when I had a spare moment and the shop was quiet. For the first week or so being kept from using my phone (or even having it on my person) felt SO odd. I genuinely had moments of compulsion to grab my phone and check my notifications and even felt my phone vibrate in my back pocket when it wasn't there. It made me notice how often I reach for my phone.

I've also realised just how much of my time is taken up by checking for notifications and refreshing my apps. So much so that, when I'm without my phone, I feel bored and dissatisfied. Time for a detox? I think so.


Speaking from personal experience and in a non-patronising way, it seems to me that we all rely on our phones like they're our life support. Every like fuels another breath and every text/snapchat notification keeps our hearts beating. Dramatic? Yes. Kind of accurate? Also, yes. Okay, enough of the metaphors, I won't die without my phone BUT if I didn't have access to it during my down time I think I'd go a little crazy.

I really wasn't sure where I'd head with this post. It's not a rant, I'm not preaching a social media detox and I'm not justifying the social epidemic brought to us courtesy of the Instagram Age. Have I just written a 'Think Piece'? I think it's interesting to properly consider how much of our lives revolve around our phones and apps. My parents grew up in a time when mobile phones didn't even exist and the concept of an 'app' was too distant to comprehend. Now, kids get iPads for Christmas and if you don't have Instagram you're deemed 'out of the ordinary'.


I'd love to end this post by saying 'my New Years Resolution is to go on a social media detox!' but I'm a part-time blogger and full-time Instagram addict and as far as I'm concerned that's not about to change. However, I do want to start paying more attention to the amount of time I spend on my phone and checking my notifications and perhaps try to reduce the time I spend scrolling.  Let me know your thoughts. Are you a social media addict? Have you tried detoxing? Have you realised, after reading this post, that you might be more addicted than you think? Thanks for reading sweeties! Lots of love,

Kate xoxo

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Those who have followed me for a while will know what a massive lover of jewellery I am. I'll never leave the house without a ring or necklace on and if I do I feel somewhat naked. Chrysalis recently reached out to me asking if I'd like to take part in their New Year New Me giveaway campaign and I accepted instantly after seeing their beautiful designs. Unfortunately, thanks to a bit of a cock-up on DHL's end, the pieces didn't arrive in time for me to take part in the campaign.

However, after receiving the beautiful pieces and knowing how lucky I am to get these kind of opportunities, I decided to show them to you guys here and share some of my other favourites from Chrysalis' amazing selection both as a way of giving thanks to Elea and her lovely team and to hopefully show you guys some pieces you might enjoy. Also, *hint hint* to the boyfriends out there, these pieces would make the most special (and affordable!) gifts...


While I am certainly a jewellery-lover, some of you may not know that I am also Game of Thrones obsessed. Hands up if you're also devastated that it's not coming back until 2019 *insert girl with hand up emoji*. It's as if Elea knew me.When I opened the package to see a ring with a DRAGON on it I did a little squeal. It's one of the most unique rings I've ever seen and the detail on it is astonishing; it literally looks like a tiny baby dragon is wrapped around your finger. If you or someone you love is a strong supporter of House Targaryen, I think this might just be the perfect option! This ring is also super versatile; its wrap-around nature makes it expandable, so it really is a one-size-fits-all. You can find it here.


I also received the loveliest piece from their bangle selection. Mine says 'Thank You' and features a gorgeous bow charm. The bangle is delicate but it feels sturdy and lovely quality. It's also expandable so you don't have to worry about buying the correct size for yourself or the person you're treating! Chrysalis have such a big selection of bangles for different occasions so you're guaranteed to find something suitable. Each pieces comes with a little card with some words about it and its meaning; it's such a lovely touch and makes them perfect for gifting.You can shop my bangle and lots more here.


What I love about all of Chryalis' pieces it that they're super detailed and delicate yet they're personal and meaningful. So many lovely pieces caught my eye on the website, especially these wishbone earrings and this dreamcatcher bangle. There's also lots of choice between rose gold, gold and silver pieces so you can tailor your purchase to your personal style. I've added a widget at the bottom of the post showing some of my top picks if you want to see more.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post and got some ideas for some new accessories or a gift for a special someone! Again, thank you so much to Chrysalis for gifting me these beautiful pieces and to Elea for being so lovely. I hope you guys are having a fab week so far!

Lots of love,

Kate xoxo

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Accessorising With Chrysalis


Those who have followed me for a while will know what a massive lover of jewellery I am. I'll never leave the house without a ring or necklace on and if I do I feel somewhat naked. Chrysalis recently reached out to me asking if I'd like to take part in their New Year New Me giveaway campaign and I accepted instantly after seeing their beautiful designs. Unfortunately, thanks to a bit of a cock-up on DHL's end, the pieces didn't arrive in time for me to take part in the campaign.

However, after receiving the beautiful pieces and knowing how lucky I am to get these kind of opportunities, I decided to show them to you guys here and share some of my other favourites from Chrysalis' amazing selection both as a way of giving thanks to Elea and her lovely team and to hopefully show you guys some pieces you might enjoy. Also, *hint hint* to the boyfriends out there, these pieces would make the most special (and affordable!) gifts...


While I am certainly a jewellery-lover, some of you may not know that I am also Game of Thrones obsessed. Hands up if you're also devastated that it's not coming back until 2019 *insert girl with hand up emoji*. It's as if Elea knew me.When I opened the package to see a ring with a DRAGON on it I did a little squeal. It's one of the most unique rings I've ever seen and the detail on it is astonishing; it literally looks like a tiny baby dragon is wrapped around your finger. If you or someone you love is a strong supporter of House Targaryen, I think this might just be the perfect option! This ring is also super versatile; its wrap-around nature makes it expandable, so it really is a one-size-fits-all. You can find it here.


I also received the loveliest piece from their bangle selection. Mine says 'Thank You' and features a gorgeous bow charm. The bangle is delicate but it feels sturdy and lovely quality. It's also expandable so you don't have to worry about buying the correct size for yourself or the person you're treating! Chrysalis have such a big selection of bangles for different occasions so you're guaranteed to find something suitable. Each pieces comes with a little card with some words about it and its meaning; it's such a lovely touch and makes them perfect for gifting.You can shop my bangle and lots more here.


What I love about all of Chryalis' pieces it that they're super detailed and delicate yet they're personal and meaningful. So many lovely pieces caught my eye on the website, especially these wishbone earrings and this dreamcatcher bangle. There's also lots of choice between rose gold, gold and silver pieces so you can tailor your purchase to your personal style. I've added a widget at the bottom of the post showing some of my top picks if you want to see more.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post and got some ideas for some new accessories or a gift for a special someone! Again, thank you so much to Chrysalis for gifting me these beautiful pieces and to Elea for being so lovely. I hope you guys are having a fab week so far!

Lots of love,

Kate xoxo

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About The Blogger.
I'm Kate, a 19-year-old shopaholic and certified latte-lover from Worcester, England. You'll find me anywhere they sell clothes, cosmetics or coffee and, if you're into all things beauty, fashion and lifestyle, then we can most definitely be friends. Oh, and I also love puppies, or anything dog related for that matter.

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