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17.6.18

Sick Tings 018

I've spent the last week just chilling at home and it has been bliss. I mean, it couldn't have been less like a week at uni if I'd tried. There's been no drinking or nights out, lots of delicious food and plenty of good nights worth of sleep. One of the highlights of being home is 100% the roast dinners. Roasts are something I'm deprived of at uni, mainly due to my lack of motivation and expertise - do you know how hard it is to make roasties as good as my Mum's? Honestly, it's not worth bothering, quit while you're ahead and all that. I'll stick to mash.

Speaking of food, my house and I went for our last supper (of second year, we're living together again next year) at Baffi. I'd never been before but was really impressed. I had the bolognese pizza and it was delish. I can't believe we'd never been there before - it's oh so local, really well priced and the pizzas are amazing. I highly recommend. 

This week I've been making an effort to get back out running again. The last 6 weeks or so have been incredibly lazy, mainly due to exams and then many nights involving copious amounts of alcohol. The running itself has actually been quite fun. Where I live is very green and foresty so there are plenty of places to run without having to repeat the same dull route, and it's easy to avoid pervs in cars. 

I've been trying to get on top of a lot of becc4.co.uk related stuff this week and have finally made a proper Pinterest account. My username is becc4blog and you can follow me here. I'm still trying to get to grips with how best to use it for my blog, so if anyone has any tips please slide in my DMs.

An exciting parcel arrived this week containing a load of my photos from second year. These prints* are from Printiki and are the Square M style, I opted for a white borderand a matte finish. They arrived super quickly and I'm really impressed with the quality - I can't wait to put them up in my new room. I love getting photos printed, but choosing just a handful from the thousands and thousands I've taken is always a mission. Note to self: get photos printed more often.


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What have you been up to this week?

15.6.18

ITINERARY : TRAVELLING VIETNAM IN 4 WEEKS

If I hadn't already mentioned it enough times, this summer I am doing quite a lot of travelling, including 5 and a half weeks of backpacking around Southeast Asia. Last summer I spent 4 weeks solo travelling around Cambodia (you can read my tips for solo travelling as a female here and the first of my Cambodia Diaries on Phnom Penh here) and decided that I wanted to travel more of Asia this summer. My housemate and I are going together, and the current plan is to visit Thailand, namely Bangkok, Vietnam and Laos. We fly into BKK mid-July and the next day we fly to Ho Chi Minh City or Saigon. We will be in Vietnam for less than 30 days so will be able to apply for our visas online before we go. 

As aforementioned, the first stop on our tour of Vietnam is HCMC. We fly in at about 4pm, have two full days there and then leave early on the third day. One thing I'd like to do whilst there is visit the Cu Chi tunnels - I think it'll be one of those things that you don't fully understand and comprehend until you see them for yourself. Ben Thanh Market is another place on my list to visit, gimme all the food.

With regards to getting around Vietnam, the current plan is to buy an open bus ticket that will allow us to travel all the way from the bottom Vietnam up to Hanoi. From what we've read online the tickets are very affordable and the service isn't horrendous - win win! 

Next up is Da Lat. This is meant to be very good for canyoning, which it's fair to say I'm already a bit apprehensive about. I have absolutely no balance and the athletic ability of a wooden spoon, so we shall see how that goes... We're spending two whole days in Da Lat and then heading to Nha Trang.

We've heard mixed reviews of Nha Trang but decided we wanted to see it for ourselves for a couple of days and make our own judgement. Following this, we're then getting a sleeper bus to Hoi An.

Hoi An is potentially the place I am most looking forward to visiting. I have heard so many good things about it and I can't wait to experience it for myself. Our three days here will be spent wandering the ancient town, eating all the good food and just relaxing on the beach before heading to Da Nang.

The Marble Mountains are the main thing we want to see in Da Nang before heading to Hue two days later. I'm not sure we have any set plans for Hue, but I'd really like to see the Hai Van Pass. Then, after Hue is Phong Nha.

In Phong Nha we plan on visiting the Paradise Cave and Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park - google it, it's gorgeous. We have scheduled two full days here before heading to Ninh Binh on a sleeper bus. We have two full days in Ninh Binh (are you sensing a theme here?) and plan on taking a boat ride here between the rice fields and mountains. 

Then from Ninh Binh we're heading to Cat Ba Island. Halong Bay is perhaps the most visited part of Vietnam, unsurprisingly, just look at that white sand, turquoise water and the limestone mountains. We're not actually going to go to Halong Bay, instead opting for a very similar but slightly less touristy option; Cat Ba Island. We're planning a few days on the Island before heading to our last stop in Vietnam: Hanoi. 

After a good thorough explore of Hanoi we are flying to Luang Prabang, the first of our three stops in Laos. This itinerary is of course entirely flexible, and we probably won't stick to it, but if you're planning a trip to Vietnam I hope this was helpful!

Have you ever been to Vietnam?

13.6.18

Birchbox - First Impressions and Review (May & June)

Can I even call myself a beauty blogger if I've never had a beauty subscription box?? Yes? No? Either way, I've been doing so regardless. I do, however, like marble print, rose gold and striped t-shirts, so that's a few of the blogger's checklist ticked off. Anyway, Birchbox were recently selling their May box for a fiver plus £2.95 so I figured it was a good time to give one a go. I had a fairly good idea of what I was expecting having seen a few pictures and posts online, and I'm not quite sure what to make of it all. The concept itself is really cool. A monthly flat rate subscription (£10 + £2.95 shipping) which posts 5 beauty samples to your door. My worry? I'd have piles of small travel sized samples of products I know I'd never get around to using. Expectations aside, let's get onto the boxes...

May - Palm Leaves and Warm Breeze 


Now, we of course need to start by addressing the gorgeous print of this box - look at those botanicals. I'm definitely going to be using this on my desk to store all the little bits of toot I can't seem to live without. As for the products, the theme for this box was all about getting ready for summer. Inside were a Doucce Lip Stain, a Greenfrog Botanic Bodywash, a Native Unearthed Deodorant Balm, a Marcelle 8in1 Power Serum and an Eyeko Skinny Liquid Liner. Whatta mix of products. 

I'd never heard of any of the brands, besides Eyeko, as I have previously owned their Skinny Liner and loved it. The Doucce Lipstain is a dream to apply and is so so light on the lips. I'm not so sure about this particular colour on me, it's a bit too much of a bright in your face pink for me. I haven't worn it for a prolonged amount of time, but when I have I'll definitely update you on its longevity. It retails at £21, and is quite drying, so I don't think this will be a product I'd repurchase in the future.

Serums are a product I don't think I've ever used. I mean, coming from the girl that has only recently started using a toner I'm sure that will come as no surprise. I don't have anything to comment on the one in this box as I'm yet to give it a go. I have swatched it on my hand, however, and it's very very light, so that's a promising start. The Bodywash is a really fresh scent; 'relaxing geranium and peppermint' and I'm definitely going to save it for future travels as it's a really handy size. 

Now, onto the curveball (in my opinion) of the box - the deodorant balm. Sidenote: mine actually came with a chunk missing??? Anyway, this is a product I'm not sure I'd ever think about picking up or using. I love the concept - an all natural, portable product, but the thought of rubbing this all over my sweaty summer pit is not something quite up my street. But, in the name of fairness, I will give this a go and I'll be sure to let you know my thoughts.

June - 5th Birthday Box 

The idea behind this box is a tea party, hence the gorgeous biscuit tin, which I'm also definitely going to be reusing. From the offset, I was much more impressed with the products in this box and can see myself genuinely using all of them. Maybe that's the thing with these subscription boxes - you win some, you lose some. This box also included a bonus gift: three Whittards teabags. 

As for the beauty products, included were a Number 4 Hair Balm, an Ella Eden Eyeshadow in Julia, a Polaar 30 UVA Suncream, a Lord and Berry Strobing Pencil and The Porefessional Pearl Primer. I've swatched both the eyeshadow and the strobing pencil and I'm actually impressed by both of them. They're both really pigmented and shimmery and I can definitely see myself reaching for them whilst doing my makeup. 

My hair is often a bit of a frizzy, curly mess so the smoothing hair balm could be a bit of a life changer if it lives up to all of its claims. It apparently minimises frizz, restores softness and protects against humidity - three things my hair can always do with in summer. 

If you weren't already aware, I'm doing a lot of travelling and backpacking in the next few months and am going to need all the suncream I can get my hands on. This looks like a really really nice one, so I'm excited to see how it compares to some of the cheaper ones I have been using. 

Benefit's Porefessional has become a bit of a cult product, hasn't it? I'm not sure if I've ever used the original (and if I have, it couldn't have been life-changing if I can't remember it) but this one contains pink pigment for brightness. This will be great for those no makeup sunny days, when you want something on your skin, but not 3 inches of foundation, concealer, powder and half a metric tonne of highlighter. Again, when I've given it a thorough test I will report back. 


And there we have it, my views and first impressions of the most recent Birchboxes. I would say I've been pleasantly surprised, and whilst I adore the actual box from May, the products in June's box were far better for me. 

Are you subscribed to any beauty boxes?

10.6.18

Sick Tings 017

Okay, so please could someone explain to me how time works? No way has a whole week of summer already passed? A week of lectures feels like forever, but 7 days of freedom fly by at a rate of knots. Like how has it already been a week since BlogconLDN? (Which I posted about here.) Speaking of, this week I booked tickets to London to see Lucy again and to finally meet Fran!! We're planning a day of good food, pretty photos and allll the classy bars, expect a bombardment of photos.  

So this week saw me attend two boat balls on consecutive nights, am I crazy? Maybe. I'd never been on a boat ball before so the excitement clearly got to me. I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but I had a really fun time. Everyone gets dressed up, downs a few beverages and then boards a fairly large boat ft a dancefloor and a bar. The boat then just sails around for a few hours whilst more drinking ensues, people dance, and copious amounts of photos are taken. The second ball was much the same except the boat itself was much smaller meaning a) claustrophobia and b) it was rockier on the water - not ideal when you're a few bevs in. 

We also had what could be our last BBQ at our house, this week. I mean, our 'garden' is the typical student house garden: a concrete square covered with weeds and a scattering of traffic cones. The food was good though, we made vegetable kebabs, as well as having the usual burgers and sausages. 

This week I took two of my pals to Bournemouth for the day. We had a delicious lunch, a wander along the seafront in the rain (classic Bournemouth) and did a bit of shopping. I've written a whole post on the day which you can read here. We also ended up having a low key house party that night too, all started by a Love Island drinking game.

Saturday saw me go for a Nandos (mango and lime double chicken burger with peri chips if you're offering) and a shop in town with one of my gal pals. We had a really nice lunch and catch up before we both head home home for summer. I picked up a lovely bikini in Primark - I'm sure it'll be over on my insta soon. Then, in the evening I went for drinks with another of my gals and drank pink gins in pretty bar gardens. Bliss. 

This week I hit 900 followers on Instagram and I am soooo happy! It happened whilst we were in Bournemouth, and I can't believe that I'm so close to 1k now! If you'd like to follow me you can do so here, I'd be eternally grateful! 

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8.6.18

OUTFIT / Beach Wanderin' In The Rain

So, yesterday, a couple of my uni friends and I headed to Bournemouth on the train. It's not at all far from Southampton, we were there within 40 minutes, so I'm not quite sure why it took us 2 years to visit having spoken about doing it for ages. For those of you don't know, Bournemouth is my hometown(ish) so it was really fun to show my friends around. We had checked the weather and were promised a warm sunny day, but the second we stepped out of the station it started absolutely pouring down, lush. It's safe to say we didn't need the bikinis we'd packed and the umbrellas were a much better shout. 

We went to Ask Italian for lunch and it was honestly delicious. I'm not sure I've ever been to an Ask before but it was genuinely really good. Sidenote, the restaurant at BH2 is gorgeous - the decor is so my aesthetic and well worth visiting. I had the garlic bread with mozzarella (always, wherever I go), the linguine carbonara and a still raspberry lemonade and I'd recommend all three. Incred.

Besides a bit of shopping, we also went for a walk along the beach and ate a 99 in the rain. Welcome to sunny Bournemouth, friends. I've said that we have to go back on a sunnier day to get the full experience on the UK's no.1 beach (fact).

Jumper - New Look
Skirt - New Look
Shoes - New Look
Sunglasses - Primark 


I mean, I know this isn't a very useful outfit post as I can't link any of the items, but maybe it'll give you some sorta inspiration/reading this will pass some time. I know the sunglasses are still in stock, but I haven't seen the other pieces instore/online recently. The shoes are old-old but I featured the skirt in this post here

Ps sorry about the poor quality photos - I know it looks like these photos were taken on a potato, they weren't, but they certainly weren't taken with my DSLR.

6.6.18

7 Things No One Tells You About Going To University

Having just finished second year, I am now technically in my third and final year of University, eek. Where has time gone??? I know I say it all the time, but going to uni has been the best experience of my life thus far, and I honestly wouldn't change it for the world. I've met some amazing people, I've done things I never imagined I'd do, all whilst living with my best friends. Life is good, boys and girls. That being said, there are quite a few things I hadn't realised about uni until I got there, so I thought I'd compile a list of a few of them 

1. Being an adult is expensive

It's only when you move out and have to fend for yourself that you realise that daily life is expensive. There's no magic fairies around restocking toilet roll and laundry detergent, and every month there are utility bills that unfortunately aren't optional. School never prepared me for the heartbreak that is spending £30 on a water bill. 

2. Making it to 9ams is an extreme sport for only the bravest

Now that I'm at university I have no idea how we all went to school for 8am every day, no hassle. 9ams are always the emptiest of lectures and there's always that sense of achievement when you do actually make it to one. It's not like 9 is even that early, there's just something about 9ams lectures...

3. Going out gets boring

Lol, am I allowed to be a student and say that? I don't know, there's something pretty dull about dancing around in a club to the same exact songs for a fourth night in a row that just doesn't do it for me. Don't get me wrong, I loooove a good drunken boogie with my friends, just not 10 day benders, please and thank you.

4. Your housemates absolutely make or break your experience

Obviously, there are far more people at your university besides just your flat, but your flatmates are the ones you see all the time, day in day out. You argue with them all the time about washing up, being messy and taking the bins out, but at the end of the day, there's nothing that binds a friendship better than cleaning a sick covered toilet together. Whilst it's not the end of the world, being put in a 'bad' flat definitely puts a huge dampener on the whole uni experience. 

5. Cooking and preparing meals is a chore

Before uni I was so excited for the freedom of cooking and eating whatever I want when I want. Spoiler: that gets boring real quick. After 7 laps of Aldi and only a packet of custard creams in your basket, the novelty really does wear off. On the plus side, if you want garlic bread for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, heck have garlic bread for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

6. Freshers week is 10000% overrated 

Yes, it's a week (we had two) of all sorts of activities, but no one knows anyone yet. The best nights at uni are the most recent ones with your best friends, and not Tom, Dick and Harry who you met at the common room 5 minutes before heading to the club, and will inevitably never see again.

7. Everyone knows everyone

I think I say 'uni is such a small world' at least three times a week. Despite going to a fairly big uni, it seems that everyone knows everyone, literally. No matter who you meet there is always a link back to someone you know or things you've done. It's so weird that in a uni of 24,000 people, this happens on a very regular basis. Madness. 

Do you have anything to add to this list?

3.6.18

Sick Tings 016

Aaaaaand I'm free! Cheers to the end of second year and 4 months of freedom. Helloooo lazy days, travelling and getting lots of blog stuff done. I am just so so glad that I have a good few months without having to revise or look at a textbook. I'm fairly pleased with how my exams went, but we don't get our results for another month or so, aka plenty of time to temporarily forget all about them.

To quote one of my recent tweets:
"What to do after finishing exams:
A) Down a pint with ya pals
B) Go clothes shopping
C) Go back to the pub and down more pints with ya pals
D) Go out out"

And that is exactly what I did on Thursday after my last exam. Typical though, the one time I have all the time in the world and a penchant to buy alllll the clothes, I didn't find anything I like. I tried on a load of things, including those midi button down dresses from Primark, but genuinely didn't like the way anything looked. I did, however, pick up a head massager and can I just say it is an absolute game changer. The best 80p I've spent in a while, thank you, Primark. On Thursday night I went to karaoke at the uni pub and then onto a club, where we were the only people there when we arrived. It was a really fun night, and so needed after slogging away at the textbooks for the last few weeks.

On Friday morning I had to wake up early, not ideal, to catch a train to Bournemouth. Next week I'm having my hair balayaged, so I had to go and have a skin test and a consultation at the salon that are doing it. I'm super excited to be blonde(ish), especially now the sun is out and summer is here. I just have my fingers crossed that it turns out ashy and not really warm and yellow. I then met my Dad and sister for lunch before heading to a travel clinic appointment. My housemate and I fly out to Bangkok on the 21st of July, so it's not long at alllll. For any of you that might also be travelling this summer, and are wondering, the vaccination we had this week was Japanese Encephalitis, and we have to go back for a second next week.

Friday night saw my housemates, friends and I go on another night out. They all finsihed the day after me so it was nice to all go out together. It was a really good night, except the music was really really odd. One second it was Taylor Swift (no thank you) the next it was some the duttiest drum and bass (yes please) and then onto some Little Mix (again, no thank you). Music aside, a good night was had by all.

Okay, so onto the highlight of the week: #blogconLDN. I woke up at a charming 6.30am on Saturday after 3 hours sleep, buzzing to head to London. I caught the train and then met Lucy from Forever September (go and check her out, she's a total babe) at Waterloo. We then made the trek to Rainham, to the CEME Conference Centre where the event was being held. An afternoon of mingling with bloggers and brands, panels, workshops, and drinks ensued. I really enjoyed myself and am excited to use all of my new products. After the event, Lucy and I headed to Pizza Express for dinner, and can I just say that the pizza was incredible. I mean, Pizza Express always do good pizza, but there was something extra tasty about this one. I had such a good day in London, and am now really keen to get stuck into becc4.co.uk, and produce some really good content.

What have you been up to this week?

30.5.18

Mutiny Festival: The Outfit and Dodgy Pills




Mutiny Festival, what an absolute blast you were. Thank you weather for being an absolute babe to us for the most part - the sun and blue sky was much appreciated. The lightning storm towards the end of the festival? We won't mention that. For those of you who have never heard of Mutiny, it's a 2 day festival in Portsmouth and this year was its 5th year. I attended, and camped, last year when 50 Cent headlined it, but this year my friends and I just bought tickets for the Saturday. What with exams coming up this week and one of my friends going to Slamdunk on the Sunday- attending both days just wasn't happening.

The majority of the acts this year were drum and bass which was ideal. It might come as a bit of a surprise to some of you that I absolutely love dnb. It's definitely not something that comes straight to mind when you picture me, and my family and friends absolutely hate it when I have the AUX cable. It's fair to say that it's an acquired taste. The highlight of the day for me were of course SASASAS. My friend and I declared them our favourite act of Mutiny festival last year, and they certainly didn't disappoint this time around. The paint party was also really good fun, even if I did spend the rest of the day looking like Princess Fiona.

As for the outfit, after receiving a lot of parcels and sending a lot of parcels back, I finally settled on this two-piece from Boohoo. It's fair to say it split opinions with my sister not being a fan at all and my friends absolutely loving it. It was only £14 and wasn't tooooo see through. I didn't think I'd ever be a fan of cycling shorts but here we are, stranger things have happened. From the comfort perspective, I couldn't have worn a better outfit. I'm telling you, cycling shorts are the way forward. 

Now, I didn't think I could write this post without addressing the tragedies that occurred at the festival whilst I was there. If you haven't already seen or heard - two young people tragically lost their lives due to drug-related incidents. There were warnings of extremely high strength substances being circulated around the festival, and unfortunately, these took the lives of two of the festival attendees. Following this, Mutiny cancelled the second day of the festival to protect the safety of other people.

Whilst at the festival we saw a heck of a lot of people not in a good way, with people fitting, being stretchered off and blue lighted away. I know it's been spoken about a lot recently but drug testing tents at festivals really are an incredible idea. People will always be taking drugs. People will always be taking drugs regardless of if they are toxic or not. But, if these substances could be tested at events to check their strengths and impurities, tragedies like the two aforementioned could perhaps have been prevented. I mean, it's hardly a cure and it's not going to bring these devastated families their children back, but something definitely needs to be done. 

Woah, I don't want to leave this post on such a sombre note. I personally had an incredible day at the festival and buying VIP tickets was worth every penny. The toilets were lovely and smelt better than 99% of the attendees. See ya next year, Mutiny!

What's your favourite festival you've been to?

27.5.18

Sick Tings 015

This week has been a rollercoaster of doing really fun things combined with not moving away from a textbook for a solid 8 hours. Pls can summer hurry up because I want tonnes more of the former and none of the latter please and thank you.

I attended a bloggers event this week hosted by Bournemouth Bloggers. It was held at The Kings Arms Hotel in Christchurch in one of their swanky function rooms. There were drinks and nibbles, and plenty of mingling to be done with the other 20-odd bloggers that attended. We had a presentation from Kaye Ford of Fordtography (aka that camera wizard currently shooting alllllllll those beautiful bloggers' photos) and it was genuinely really inspiring. So much so that this summer I am absolutely going to get into using my camera again, properly. I'm going to learn what every single button, dial and setting does and I'm also going to try my best not to use auto ever again. I've also decided that one day I am going to have Kaye shoot some photos for me. I think becc4.co.uk could do with some of those dreamy blurry aesthetic-y shots. 

My housemate and I went on a little adventure this week, I mean, I say adventure, it was nothing crazy, we only went the other side of Southampton. But we drove to a park the and watched the sun set, and it was bliss. It was all a bit last minute but we managed to get some beautiful shots, even if she was in pj bottoms and my hair was the same grease level as a chip fryer. For those of you Soton dwellers, the park in question is Royal Victoria Country Park and is highly worth a visit on a sunny day. 

Other more boring waffle aside, it's time for the pièce de résistance: Mutiny Festival 2018. I went to Mutiny last year for the whole weekend, camping included, and had the best time, and it's fair to say I wasn't let down this year either. My friends and I only bought tickets for the Saturday due to other plans as well as being slightly sensible and considering our impending exams. We had the best day ever in the sun, grooving all day, chilling in VIP and sipping bevs. I'm going to do a whole separate post on my outfit, which I absolutely loved after all the hassle I went through trying to find one, so do look out for that soon. The highlight of the day was of course SASASAS who I actually saw fairly recently which you can read about here. The whole day was just really really good fun, and I can guarantee I will be there doing it all over again next year.

This week a slightly controversial post went live - Blogging & Narcissism. This whole idea stemmed from a conversation I had with one of my housemates and I'd love to hear your input on the whole thing... Is blogging narcisstic in its very nature? Are we all just a a bit self-obsessed?  Lemme know

24.5.18

Blogging & Narcissism

So, I was recently trying to explain to one of my housemates exactly what blogging is, why I do it, and what it entails etc. I thought I'd given him a really good, succinct spiel on how it works and what blogging's all about, except, when I looked up all I saw was a flummoxed look on his face.  Yeah, not quite the response I was expecting. I know, if you don't know much about this whole content creating shebang that it can seem a bit full on, but the look on his face said nothing clearer than 'but who the f**k cares?'. Do people actually care which shade of lipgloss you're wearing today, or whether you had almond or soy milk in your morning coffee? Are your latest fashion buys that important, and is following someone on every single social media platform really that necessary?...

This conversation led me to question the whole blogging thing and why it is that so many of us do it? Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love posting over here on Becc4, including all the taking of photos, planning of content and sharing on social media. Watching my following grow and my engagement increase is really satisfying and I'm so fortunate that other people out there like what I do. The whole 'blogging community' is by far the best part of this industry, and I've never met a more supportive bunch of people, 99% of them I've never even met. Heck, they're more excited when I post a new Instagram post than are half of the people on my personal account whom I've known for years. Let's put it this way, a selfie on my personal account gets about 60 likes and a couple of comments, a picture of a hot cross bun on my blog's Instagram account hits 160 likes and 11 comments, a hot cross bun?!? Point in case: the blogging community is full of the most supportive, friendly people and I'm delighted to be a part of it.

I am currently in my second year of studying a BSc in Psychology, and one field of research that is currently being heavily studied, particularly at my university, is narcissism. Narcissism, narcissism, narcissism. It's a word that's being thrown around pretty often on social media at the moment and is frequently a term aimed at us 'millennials.' The percentage of people in the population that meet the criteria for narcissistic personality disorder is on the rise, but I don't think that will come as a shock to anyone given current beauty standards, and the complete and utter mess the world is in at the moment. The rise of social media has been one of the most cited reasons for such, which I personally think is a bit of a given.

The DSM 5's criteria for Narcissistic Personality Disorder include having a grandiose sense of self-importance, having a sense of entitlement and requiring excessive admiration... Now, don't get me wrong, I am not calling all bloggers narcissists, not by any stretch of the definition, that would be absurd. What I am trying to do here, is start a discussion on this whole blogging thing and why it is that so many of us do it? Is it because we are all slowly becoming slightly self-obsessed? Do we need constant validation that our opinions matter and other people like us/our sense of style/our home decor/ our recipes/ anything? Or is just it because sharing parts of our lives online has just become nothing more than a hobby, career or passion and there is no deeper rooting?

Sharing selfies and what we've eaten for lunch with the internet, is the absolute norm, and, for others, selling merchandise with their faces on and products with their names on is considered just as standard. Some bloggers have managers, writers, accountants, photographers, heck a full team of people behind them. This whole content creation thing wasn't a thing 30 years ago, and who'd have thought even 10 years ago that this would become people's careers? I am in no way shaming this, wouldn't it be incredible for this to be a full-time job - it's definitely something to congratulate. But what is it all based on? Do we continue to blog because we enjoy posting? Or is it more to do with the constant reassurance and compliments, the likes and the comments?...

Is it time we all had a step back from the internet and spent more time in the 'real world?' 
I'd love to hear your opinions on this in the comments
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