Monday, 1 September 2014

blogging is not my life

Warning: large chunk of possibly nonsense text ahead

Whilst I'm sure that the title of this post won't come as a shock to any of you, blogging is a world away from other careers and I'd only consider myself a "blogger" after a student, daughter, sister, etc. I still felt the need to address this in a post. I know that for the majority of teenage bloggers- including myself- it's just a hobby on the side, no matter how close it may be to our hearts. Yet, sometime I forget this. It's come to the point where I'm often totally idolizing other bloggers my age and ignoring the fact that they're able to do whatever it is they're doing while maintaining good grades, a good relationship with their family, and (possibly) leaving their house and talking face-to-face with actual real life human beings. I don't feel like I'm currently living up to those standards- and the main difference is my ability (I refer to it as that instead of a hinderence) to massively procrastinate anything I want to get done. You would not believe the number of half-written blog posts in my drafts that have been discarded after my getting distracted by something else that requires less effort. I'll take this moment to nod towards youtube, buzzfeed, and twitter. At first this was kind of a joke that I feel added to my personality as a blogger- in the end I'd much rather be a real girl putting out slower, irregular blog posts than a computer constantly spewing out unoriginal updates. But I feel as if their must be a healthy medium between the two. The former model of blogging, which I've been operating on, had been okay. But recently I've been feeling consumed by guilt and the constant nagging that all my friends who started blogging around the same time as me are making progress where as I'm not traveling anywhere. I wouldn't go as far to say that this nagging feeling is there 24/7, but it's often enough to make me lose motivation- which is totally counter-intuitive. I'm tired of watching my friends (however happy I am for them) achieving and I completely lagging behind. Something needed to change. I honestly considered deleting this blog (which I'm very glad I didn't do on the spur of the moment, as I did with my tumblr. So many memories would be lost) but in the end, no matter how difficult it can be sometimes I really, really love blogging. I feel like I'd be missing something without this outlet. My cheesiness of the subject may sound totally ridiculous, which it may be, but to me this blog is honestly so important. Despite not being the most popular, and not having the most readers, what I do have is so important to me and I don't think I could ever give all of that up, even if it was for the best. The blog is staying. So something else needed to give, I need/ed to change something I was doing. Though I am by no means someone who enjoys schedules, perhaps that's what would be beneficial for the time being. I need something to follow, that isn't too strict- still leaving space for originality and spur of the moment posts (such as this one)- but that allows me to feel as if I am achieving something. I want to change things up, but still remain as being Pretty Little Things, or Flo Jo, or even Flora. So here's the new plan, the end result of all the word vomit:

week 1: recipes - of all kinds, and hopefully largely vegan (expect lots of cake, avocado and peanut butter, because that's the majority of my diet).
week 2: fashion - I haven't yet decided exactly how to do this, but I'm hoping for something more original than your average OOTD.
week 3: reviews - these already play a large part in my blog so you should already know roughly what to expect (music, films, and books primarily).
week 4: current events - I've yet to think of a more interesting, attention grabbing title for this segment, but I'm aiming more "rookie" than daily mail (you feel?).
week 5: photography - similar to my room tour post, a photoset of some pictures around a common theme with some witty (?) commentary from me.
week 6: tutorial - possibly a blogging advice series, to begin with. Maybe even some DIY eventually, who knows?
week 7: guest post - hopefully, I'm working on it. If you'd be at all interested drop me an email at prettylittlethingstodo[at]gmail[dot]com.
week 8: links - a general round-up of all the glorious things I've found browsing the internet that month (tumblrs to gain inspiration, amazing people etc.)

Hopefully, this will be beneficial to you as readers also, because it should mean you're able to rely on a more regular posting schedule, as well as a happier, more balanced and all-around human Flora. Thanks for reading this far, and sticking with me.

Flo x

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

August playlist

Listen here on 8tracks

A relaxed mix for the summer where, instead of going out with friends, you are lying on your bed being an unproductive lump. Ft. twenty one pilots and Charli XCX. Enjoy.
Flo x

Saturday, 19 July 2014

room tour for stalkers

My chalk board drawing rotates every couple of months; feat. dumb hipster flower crown that I felt the need to spend £5 on at a festival.

Assorted rubbish which I've stuck to my walls.

From left-to-right: stickers because I am an actual 7 year old, chalks and other boring things, crayon stylus which is useless but brillaint, swaggy rubbers, and blank CDs to make mixes on because I like to pretend I'm in the 80s- shut up.

Folders, which were bought in a lame attempt to organize myself

Raichu stands guard over my stationary (I have had actual fights with my siblings about who gets this little fella).

Comfy bed where I spend approx. 90% of my time.

Fun fact: that poster says "very good" in Swedish which is kind of obvious and irrelevant until you realise I spend 3 years wondering instead of just looking it up on google translate.

Finally: this is how my mini garden has been getting along, surprisingly I haven't managed to kill any innocent plants yet! I'm sure it's all simply a matter of time, but please be proud of me for now.

Sorry for the wait
Flo xx

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Purchases of late...

Hello again-
Old habits die hard it seems, with my posting schedule. One day, one day I will succeed and be a proper, almost proffessional blogger that appears to have their life together- but today is evidently not that day.

Today I thought that I'd share with you some of my most recent buys, and say a little bit about each. I guess that I don't actually buy all that much, but recently I've picked up some really adorable little things, that I think you guys might like.

Previous to buying these, I had seen some other bloggers making outfit posts, and otherwise obsessing over 'jelly shoes'. I thought they looked cute, but generally not for me (also, they seem somewhat reminiscent of crocs?). However, after spotting a pair in Office, and seeing them 'in the flesh' I have completely changed my mind. They're so darn cute! Also, right now my fashion (and general girl) crush is cutiepiemarzia; I've been really inspired by her cute style and these shoes are the most understated way of achieving that. Wow okay, I just wrote as if I knew anything about fashion.

I ordered this jumper around 5 months ago, and thankfully it finally arrived at the beginning of March. Basically, ordering from the USA is stressful and customs are mean yada yada. I don't really have much to say on this- it's super comfortable and really cute. Sadly it's currently out of stock but it comes from this adorable online company.

Recently I went to a car boot sale with my mum, and as she was dragging me around the plant section, I was was commenting on how much I wanted a cactus, and how they were probably the only plants I will manage to keep alive. And- low and behold- guess what the next stall we came across was selling? So I managed to pick up these little plants for just a couple of pounds... Naming your cacti is definitely the thing to do- meet Ryan and Sharpay. That sounds really dumb oKAy but I have my reasons. 

Now, I am really not a makeup person. I'm not just saying that to avoid sounding vapid and shallow, believe me, because previous things mentioned on this blog will have already lead you to that impression, and it's too late now to avoid it. What I really meant by that I that I know literally nothing about makeup, and if something makes my face look marginally more human, I'll take it. What I meant by that is that any recommendations I give on makeup probably aren't the best. Anyhow- I bought all these products in town pretty cheaply, and cannot express how perfect the hairspray is.


Again, I'd like to apoligise for how long this post took to get up, but, y'know Netflix exists and stuff. Besides that, I finally got a proper bed yesterday so plan on sleeping excessively.

As I said to my father- I'm an angsty teen, I'm allowed to have my pop punk phase, and listen to music about getting out of this town and pizza. Which is precisely what this song is, but is so so so good.

See you soon, dorks,

Flo x

Sunday, 4 May 2014

My Style: Electic blue

(The editing on these is a little inconsistent, I know. I'm working on it!!)

Today has been a day when I finally got round to doing another outfit post on this blog. It shall go down in the history books. Normally when I'm in the mood to write a post, I'm in pajamas with wet hair- and though I'm sure someone can do it- I don't think that I am going to start any fashion crazes with my coffee stained shirts.


Shirt: New look (about August '13, I doubt they still sell it)
Skirt: Primark (this season's range)
Tights: Primark
Boots: Doc Martens- classic black 8 eye
Necklace: Claire's Accesorries
Jacket: Vintage shop (originally from Mango)

Another thing: you've probably noticed that I've done a bit of a design overhaul on this blog with new header, buttons, and vaguely sassy tagline to match. I'm pretty pleased with it- look at the little transparent cat thingys on my pictures!!! Maybe my talent is drawing with a mouse in MS paint, who knows? Anyway- I'd love your thoughts, and if anyone who actually knows anything about web design has any tips, that would be great.


I've been listening to their [Basement's] album colourmeinkindness lots recently and woah I'm in love with it. I guess it's kinda Nirvana-esque (I know you can't really compare but it's pretty reminiscent of Bleach)?

Lots of love,
Flo Jo x

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Southwold & walks

Hey again lovelies,

During the time I've been away, I was having a wonderful holiday in Southwold with my mum, brother, sister; aunt and cousin. It was all amazing and it's a very beautiful place but I'm glad to be home now.

Since I don't think a full description of the holiday will be particularly interesting to you guys, I shall
summarise it for you instead- using this poorly edited, though thoroughly entertaining collage:

in the corner you can see [left to right] my cousin- Katy, myself, and my sister- Mabel all looking smokin'

All in all, it was amazing, and yeah you guys should visit there at some point, if you can. Also-- if you do go there you HAVE to visit the 'under the pier show' which is located on the pier and is full of one of a kind "slot machines" (?) and is hillarious. You can find their website here.

Other than that I haven't done all too much. Earlier today I went for a walk (well actually I had to get home somehow, but I seem like a better person if I imply I did it volentarily). I decided to try to appreciate where I live a little more; you know- if you live in an area for a long time you get so used to it you don't notice things about what's around you anymore. So I decided to try and do the whole 'be a tourist in your own town' thing that numerous lifestyle magazines etc. have been praising (? I guess). In a marginally less bad collage- here is the result:


Sometimes I forget about how stunning that part of the walk is, and from these photos it looks pretty impressive. So I think that that experiment was successful. Of course- as much as I trust you guys- I don't want to tell you where I live, but these photos were taken were taken between the Eastleigh and Winchester section of the river Itchen. The walks along the Itchen are all pretty impressive, and the water is beautiful- you can even swim in some sections- which is heavenly in the summer.

And there's the song of the post ^^. JJAMZ are so under appreciated and we need to change that.

See ya,
Flo x

Thursday, 3 April 2014

The happy list

Hey again my beautiful friends,

Sorry for leaving you with no update for a month or so- I have my year 8 exams after the easter holidays in a couple of weeks so have been doing lots of procrastinating revising. Also, I have to choose my GSCE options pretty soon which has been rather stressful... generally life has just been too much and it's annoying me.

Therefore, due to the afformentioned build up of stress, along with gaining inspiration from some super masterposts on tumblr- I now present:
The definative list of dealing with life generally (aka I like finding cute things and am using this as an excuse to force them upon you). (Though I hope this helps if you're feeling less than great).

- if you're bored 
- find some cool books to read
- nothing can be sad if you have strong eyeliner game trust me
- a brownie in a mug recipe that's in my favourites tab for emergencies
- a website where you can watch anime for free  
- a program that blocks websites for certain amounts of time so you can clear your mind
- coffee shop soundtrack (no, actually)
- find new funky jamz
- make a flower crown so you can be tumblr
- another person's happiness guide
- poke some cats
- nutella hot chocolate :3
- get a hug
- pretty words 
- emo games because you're probably an angsty teen 
- calming manatees 
- livestream of the ocean
- play the guitar in 10 hours and be a punk rock god/ goddess/ whateveress
- a playlist of songs to sing along to too loudly
- things to draw
- more things to draw
- simple happiness 
- how to love yourself (because you should, you're great)
- compliments 

There you go, sorry it's not that long- but I wanted to find things that I thought were genuinly awesome and had time to check out other than random, impersonal links.

Again, I really hope this could help cheer you up or just make your day slightly better, though if you ever feel bad you're completely able to email me and I'll try my best to make you smile. Seriously, I love all of you guys who take the effort to read my mainly off-topic, ramble-y writing and genuinly hope you're happy.

Ugh, I'm so cheesy I know.

I really love you guys, and I'm sorry about being an unreliable poop (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧
Flo Jo x

P.S the song of the post:
*Marina is such a babe gosh*