Shannon Michelle

Shannon Michelle

Beauty, fashion and lifestyle blogger from the UK..

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

LUCA AND GRAE WISHLIST

I was originally going to write a wish list featuring several brands, but I soon realised just how many of the items on the list were from Luca and Grae so I thought why not make it a brand feature post? it definitely deserves the recognition and to be spoken about a bit more. Quite a few of you may not have heard of the brand Luca and Grae, but their entire website is so dreamy so you should definitely go and check it out.

The brand was created by Aspyn Ovard who is one of my favourite Youtubers/Bloggers, her outfits are always stunning and her travel videos with her husband Parker are quite honestly the cutest and make me want to book a flight to near enough anywhere to explore somewhere new. I was so happy when I found out Aspyn had launched her own website sharing the most flawless designs back in 2016 and have been in love with it ever since. So here's a wishlist of things I am obsessing over at the moment on Luca and Grae.

1. Botanical Gardens Dress - $60
2. Notting Hill Striped Pants - $39
3. Prairie Floral Top And Maxi Skirt Set - $60
4. Lido Deck Striped Jumpsuit - $49
5. Daydreamer Dress - $37
6. Milla Striped Dress - $32
7. Flores Bordadas Denim Mini Skirt - $35
8. Palm Trees And Coconuts Romper - $65
9. Sweet Pink Alyssum Romper - $42
10. Blanc Tank Top - $17

I love how all of the items are so fresh and modern and able to make you look effortlessly stunning. I literally need everything from the site, like right now.

What are your thoughts on Luca and Grae?

Shannon 
x

Saturday, 12 August 2017

CREATING MY OWN HAPPINESS


Lately I've been stuck in a rut and i'm having a hard time getting out of it. I just feel like I can't get into the routine of doing anything. Like my motivation and enthusiasm to do the things I love are thinning out and as much as I don't want to allow myself to do this to myself, here I am letting it happen.

I'm trying to grow my blog as much as I can so I can hopefully pursue it as a career some day because I love writing so much, but then I start overthinking things and comparing my blog to others, thinking that it's not good enough, that I need a new camera and better equipment just so I can be better. I start comparing myself to other bloggers that look beautiful in all of their photos and wishing I could look like that and it brings me down. I hate being a negative nelly on my blog because it's my happy place where I love to spread positive vibes, but right now I really am struggling.

Life is currently a struggle, many personal things going through my head, trying to please other people and forgetting to please myself in the process, finishing college and not knowing what to do and thinking about how I am possibly going to make a success out of myself if I'm stuck without knowing what i'm doing.

There is so much I want to do with my life.

I want to travel around the world, see the romance in Paris to exploring the beaches in Hawaii. I want my life to be full of fun and energy. I want to write for everyone to read and feel inspired. I want to buy cute outfits to make myself feel fabulous. I want to drink endless amounts of iced coffee without judgement. I want to create the happiest of playlists so I can feel careless and free. I want to own the most gorgeous home with my boyfriend and the cutest Australian Shepherd puppy.  I want to start my own family. I want to try new recipes, no matter how bad they might end up. I want to go to Disneyworld with friends and enjoy myself. I want to smile at the little things that might seem silly to other people. I want so many things and i'm going to make them happen.

Over time I know that things will get better and I will be able to make these changes to my life, I can work even harder towards my goals and become the greatest version of myself that I can possible be. But it is okay to be down sometimes, no matter the reason, but everything will be okay as long as you have a positive mindset and I know that's exactly what I need to do.

I feel like maybe I was rambling a bit too much in this post and maybe there isn't much of a point to it, but I just want to say that you are the only person who can determine your own happiness and you are the only person who can help yourself to strive towards your goals and be your own boss. You got this. I definitely need to tell myself this more often when I am stuck in these sort of ruts, but it's okay because I know that in the end everything will be fine.

"You are a product of your own design, you are capable of everything you tell yourself. You are a product of your imagination, your handwork, you determination. You will only ever be what you allow yourself to be. Limits are only as high as you set them and goals are only as in reach as you allow them to be, if you cannot accept the fact that your life is down to you, and only you, you will not achieve greatness."
— 
Responsibility by Amy Kennedy
                what is your biggest goal?
             Shannon
            x

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

100+ BLOG POST IDEAS

pinterest | bellaxlovee ✧☾
If you're struggling with writers block, I hope this post helps you with some new ideas. To make this a bit easier, I've separated these ideas into the following categories: beauty, lifestyle, fashion, food & blogging. Leave a comment below if you liked any of these ideas!

Beauty:

  1. Favourite / holy grail products round up
  2. Makeup wish list
  3. Current favourite beauty trends
  4. Current beauty trends you don't like
  5. Everyday makeup look
  6. Date night makeup look
  7. Quick n' easy makeup and hair look
  8. Share your favourite highlighters
  9. "Fresh face" makeup look
  10. Try a skincare diy and share the results!
  11. Whats in my makeup bag
  12. Tips on cleaning out your makeup collection
  13. Favourite fragrence
  14. Monthly favourites
  15. Nail routine
  16. Roundup of your favourite beauty bloggers / vloggers
  17. Hair care routine
  18. Share your favourite makeup dupes
  19. Try a new subscription box and share your thoughts
  20. Review a new product that no ones talking about yet
  21. Summer skincare favourites
  22. Winter skincare saviours
  23. Share your lipstick collection!
  24. Day to night makeup look
  25. Underrated / overrated products
  26. Budget beauty finds
  27. Makeup look under £20
  28. "Get the look" inspired by a celeb
  29. Summer proof makeup
  30. Makeup haul
  31. How to keep your skin hydrated
Lifestyle / Personal:

  1. Morning / night routine
  2. How to start and maintain a healthy lifestyle
  3. Share your monthly to-do list
  4. Ways to reduce stress
  5. A day in your life
  6. Write about your dreams for the future
  7. Your current favourite Netflix picks
  8. Travel bucket list
  9. How to grow confidence
  10. Share your current playlist!
  11. Life cleansing tips
  12. 10 things to do before bed
  13. 10 things NOT to do before bed
  14. Book review
  15. Instagram roundup
  16. Host a giveaway!
  17. Talk about how you stay creative
  18. How to encourage yourself to workout
  19. 20 things to do when you're having a bad day
  20. Share your favourite everyday life hacks
  21. Talk about your favourite apps
  22. Try a Q&A post!
  23. Do a "Get to know me" tag!
  24. Share some productivity tips
  25. Share some healthy habits everyone should have
  26. How to become a morning person!
  27. 15 quotes to live by
  28. Talk about your workout routine
  29. What you did this weekend
  30. Share some back to school tips
  31. Talk about how you overcame something in your life
Fashion:

  1. Your current wardrobe wishlist
  2. OOTD
  3. Show us your shoe collection!
  4. How to mix & match prints
  5. Favourite summer accessories
  6. What's in my bag?
  7. Your current favourite fashion trends
  8. Current fashion trends you don't like
  9. 5 wardrobe staples you couldn't live without
  10. Your favourite fashion bloggers / instagram accounts
  11. How to declutter your wardrobe
  12. 10 ways to style a white shirt or other clothing item
  13. Share a clothing haul!
  14. Style inspiration board
  15. Talk about your style icon(s)
  16. Tips on thrift shopping
  17. Talk about your favourite designer brands!

Food: 

  1. Share your favourite recipe!
  2. Your favourite spots to eat abroad or in your city
  3. Your favourite food bloggers / instagram accounts
  4. How to clean up your eating habits
  5. Clean eating snack ideas
  6. Budget meals for the week
  7. How to meal prep like a pro
  8. Your favourite detox water ideas
  9. How you got into baking / cooking 
  10. Share your favourite comfort food / meals
  11. Your recipe book collection
  12. A list of food documentaries you've been loving
  13. Halloween treats
  14. Christmas baking!
  15. Try a recipe from pinterest and share your thoughts
  16. Write about a childhood recipe you loved!
  17. Share some baking tips
  18. Kitchen equipment you couldn't live without
  19. Date night meal ideas!
  20. 5 weekday meals you love

Blogging:

  1. Share some of the best photography tips
  2. What you've learnt during (..) years of blogging
  3. Create a helpful resource list!
  4. Tips on how to increase your blog traffic
  5. Talk about your photography equipment
  6. How to create the perfect flat-lay
  7. Why you started blogging
  8. What keeps you motivated / inspired to keep blogging
  9. An equipment wishlist
  10. A guide to google analytics

I hope you liked these ideas and have helped you gain some inspiration. 

What are your favourite type of blog posts to read?

Shannon
x

photo from pinterest.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

CLEAN EATING SNACK IDEAS

If you're trying to follow a healthy lifestyle or want to make gradual changes to your diet, snacking is a major part of it. Sometimes when we've planned out our meals for the day when we're being super healthy, we forget about the snacks in between meals. I personally don't snack as much during the day like I used to which I love, but sometimes it is really nice to have a little something to fill the gap between lunch and dinner or in the evenings. So here are a few of my favourite snack ideas, hopefully these will help you to eat a bit cleaner instead of eating processed foods between meals or to encourage you to try some new foods!

1 -  Matcha tea: 
I used to, well actually still do, see so many people on Instagram and Youtube raving about Matcha tea/lattes. I tried matcha for the first time around a year ago and honestly didn't love it all too much, but I decided to try it again recently and have developed a liking for it a bit more, but I definitely think the more I start drinking it the more it will grow on me. Matcha is so good for boosting your metabolism and burning calories as well as being rich in fibre, chlorophyll and vitamins! 

2 - Fresh fruit:
This is the most obvious one that you've heard a million times before, but not only does fruit taste incredible anyway, but each kind of fruit benefits your body in some way or another. You can't really go wrong by eating it. Reaching for a cup of strawberries, blueberries or cherries is so much healthier than reaching for a chocolate bar which is just going to give you energy for all of five minutes until you have a sugar crash and zero energy, but hey we're all guilty of doing it anyway so don't sweat it. 

3 - Bell pepper slices with hummus:
Okay so hummus is my absolute favourite food anyway so i'm lucky that it's healthy and isn't causing my body any harm, but omg, try it with red bell pepper slices and you will cry tears of happiness (maybe not but you get the point), IT'S JUST SO DAMN GOOD.

4 - Raw protein bars
These are one of the best snacks if you're on the go or don't have much time to prep anything like cutting up fruit. You can make a big batch of raw protein bars and store them in airtight container to grab on the go. 
Here's a few suggestions to try:
Super Healthy Granola Bar by Eats Amazing
No-Bake Protein bars by Whole New Mom
No-Bake Superfood Granola Bars by Domestic Gothess

5 - Raw energy balls
These are basically the same things as energy/protein bars just in ball form. There are SO many recipes for these simple little creations and they all look amazing. I used to be obsessed with making these and will definitley get back into snacking on them again as they're packed with nutrients and give you the perfect amount of energy!
Here's a few recipes I've found:
No Bake Chia Energy Bites by My Fussy Eats
Raw Chocolate Brownie Bites (nut free) by Wallflower Kitchen
"Nutella" Stuffed Cookie Dough Balls by Nadias Healthy Kitchen (I will definitley be making these sometime soon!!)

6 - Carrot Fries
I recently started making these and they're so amazing you wouldn't think they're as healthy as they are! If you don't want to follow a high carb diet, then making carrot fries instead of potato fries is definitley a great alternative. I cut these into thin strips, put them onto a baking tray with a tiny amount of olive oil and sprinkle some seasonings onto them, baking them in the oven for about 15 - 20 minutes, depending on how how crunchy you want them, the shorter you leave them the crunchier they are. I also highly recommend dipping these in hummus! (these are in the photo above)

7 - Popcorn + cinnamon
Make some air-popped popcorn (around 2 cups) and sprinkle with a teaspoon of cinnamon and enjoy as a healthy movie night snack. I can imagine adding a little bit of coconut sugar into this would make it taste even better and give it a sweeter flavour while still remaining healthy and enjoyable!

8 - Apple + peanut butter
This is one of my absolute favourite healthy snacks! I simply cut one apple into slices with a tablespoon of peanut butter on the side, I also love sprinkling cinnamon on the apple slices as it makes this 100x more yummy, but is completely optional. You can use any other nut butter if you want, I would love to try this with hazelnut butter!

9 - Homemade tortilla chips + salsa
This is also another favourite healthy snack idea that i've been making for years. I slice one tortilla into small triangles and place them in the oven for around ten minutes to crisp them up. I then dip this into salsa or hummus and I love it! You could also dip these into guacamole but I'm really not a fan of avocado so I personally don't really like this.
Here are some great salsa and hummus recipes to try!:
Sweetcorn Salsa by Delicious Magazine
Lazy Day Salsa by The Slow Roasted Italian
The Best Homemade Fresh Tomato Salsa by Little Broken
Classic Hummus by Gimme Some Oven
Thai Peanut Hummus by Fooduzzi
Smoky Red Pepper Hummus by Poppy And The Bees

10 - Chocolate "Nice Cream"
Place 2 -3 frozen bananas (make sure you cut them up before freezing), 1 tbsp cacao powder and a splash of soy / any other plant milk (I use coconut) in a blender and blend until it forms a smooth ice cream like texture. You can play around with this recipe by adding things like dark chocolate chips or topping the nice cream with fresh fruit and coconut flakes. There are so many options! This is perfect on a sunny day when you crave ice cream but would like a plant based / healthier alternative.

These are just a few suggestions but I hope they helped you with some new ideas, let me know if you try any!

What's your favourite healthy snack?

Shannon
x

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

30 QUOTES TO BRIGHTEN YOUR DAY

happily // ✧
Some days can be tough, and on those days we all like to have something that will help us get back up on our feet again with a smile. We all get a little down sometimes, and no matter how hard you try to stay positive, you simply can't be happy all the time. But it's okay, it's just how life works and everyone experiences a down day every now and then. Here are some quotes to help you get through it when life gets a little hard and hopefully will put a smile on your face.

  1. Regardless of how anyone else feels about me, I am going to choose to be happy and completely love myself today.
  2. You may not see it today or tomorrow, but you will look back in a few years and be absolutely perplexed and awed by how every little thing added up and brought you somewhere wonderful - or where you always wanted to be. You will be grateful that things didn't work out the way you once wanted them to.
  3. There's no time to be bored in a world as beautiful as this.
  4. Once you learn how to be happy, you won't tolerate being around people that make you think anything less.
  5. Purpose fuels passion.
  6. Sometimes, you just need a fresh start. A new beginning. A clean slate. Just get rid of everything going wrong and make it go right. Sometimes, you need to delete a number. Colour your hair. Quit your job. Purge all the negative things and focus on all the positive. Just do it.
  7. The world gives you so much pain and here you are making gold out of it. There is nothing purer than that.
  8. Just always be the better person. And make your intentions pure. What and who you are is what you'll attract, what you'll maintain. Pain is inevitable and it will always exist, but if you focus on understanding what you are feeling and why you are feeling it, you will overcome it.
  9. Be so full, that even if they take and take and take, you will still be overflowing.
  10. You are made of planets and oceans and no one owns them. Just like no one owns you.
  11. Stop looking around and comparing, start looking ahead and evolving. Love and live your life. Silence the noise.
  12. Believe in yourself and you will be unstoppable.
  13. You are powerful, beautiful, brilliant and brave.
  14. In order to love who you are, you cannot hate the experiences that shaped you.
  15. Little reminder: Life is messy, being human is messy. It's not as neat as our "shoulds" and "shouldn'ts" would have us believe. We lust, we crave, we hurt, we fear.
  16. Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.
  17. Take a step back today, look at all these beautiful things you have.
  18. Live less out of habit and more out of content.
  19. Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day.
  20. No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness. 
  21. It's okay to not have it figured out yet.
  22. Those who move forward with a happy spirit will find that things will always work out.
  23. A beautiful day begins with a beautiful mindset. When you wake up, take a second to think about what a privilege it is to simply be alive and healthy. The moment you start acting like life is a blessing, I assure you it will start to feel like one. Time spent appreciating is time worth living.
  24. That is my vision for my life. Not looking backward at what I used to have. Looking forward at what I might grow into.
  25. Surround yourself with people who push you to be your best self.
  26. You have to find that place that brings out the human in you. The soul in you. The love in you.
  27. I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good.
  28. Stop dulling yourself down for people that cannot handle your edge.
  29. The secret of being happy is accepting where you are in life and making the most out of every day.
  30. For what it's worth: It's never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you're proud of, and if you find that you're not, I hope you have the strength to start over.
what's a quote that helps you get through a dark day?

Shannon
x

Saturday, 15 July 2017

SUMMER CHILL OUT PLAYLIST


I love having time to myself, whether that's reading a book outside in the garden with a cup of iced coffee or spending time in my bedroom on my laptop. No matter what my "me time" is, music is always a big part of it. Having a playlist depending on literally every mood keeps me happy, so having one for my chill out time is perfect to listen to quietly in the background of whatever i'm doing. You can follow this playlist on my spotify here if you would like to listen. But anyway, here are my current favourite chill out songs.

  1. Made to love you (acoustic) - Dan Owen
  2. Can't help falling in love - Haley Reinhart
  3. You said you'd grow old with me - Michael Schulte
  4. Bruises - Lewis Capaldi
  5. Hate u love u - Olivia O'Brien
  6. The night we met - Lord Huron
  7. Waves - Dean Lewis
  8. Only you - Selena Gomez
  9. Strong - London Grammar
  10. Burn it down - Billy Lockett
  11. Safe inside - James Arthur
  12. Silence - Grace Carter
  13. Why - Skinny Living
  14. Old Friends - Jasmine Thompson
  15. Wait - M83
  16. All in my mind - Isaac Gracie
  17. New York - St. Vincent
  18. Surefire - John Legend
  19. Like a fool - Keira Knightley
  20. Back to me - Daya
  21. Unsteady - X Ambassadors
  22. Little do you know - Alex & Sierra
  23. Running - James Bay
  24. Lover dearest - Marianas Trench
  25. Fly (acoustic) - Meadowlark
  26. Bloom - The Paper Kites
  27. Fallingforyou - The 1975
  28. Arizona - Frances Cone
  29. Things that stop you dreaming - Passenger
  30. Work song - Hozier
  31. From Eden - Hozier
  32. Arsonist's lullaby - Hozier
  33. I have questions - Camilla Cabello
  34. High hopes - Kodaline
  35. Bad at love - Halsey
  36. Patience - Shawn Mendes
  37. I can wait - Nikki Blonsky
  38. Creep - Haley Reinhart
  39. Just you and I - Tom Walker
  40. Pure - Luke Sital-singh
  41. All time low - Jon Bellion
  42. Reverie - Isaac Gracie
  43. The Luckiest - Ben Folds
  44. Golborne road - Nick Laird-Clowes
  45. Revolver - Vian Izak
  46. What do I know? - Ed Sheeran
  47. Water - Little Hours
  48. I love the usa -  Weezer
  49. Your guardian angel - The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
  50. Green mountain state - Trevor Hall
  51. Morning - Marc E. Bassy
  52. Don't go - Rae Morris
  53. U just can't be replaced - Gnash ft. Rosabeales
  54. Twentythousand - EXES
  55. Time on the line - Jnctre
  56. Dear, Home - EXES
  57. The moments I'm missing - Nina Nesbitt
Shannon
x

Friday, 14 July 2017

30 HEALTHY HABITS YOU SHOULD ADD INTO YOUR DAILY ROUTINE


As I've grown up, I've picked up on some habits that have changed my life for the better and although I know a lot of people already follow some of these, I thought i'd share them for all of those that want to change a few things to make their day (and lives!) even better, gradually! A small change in your daily routine can completely change your mindset for the rest of the day and make you feel more positive.

  1. Stop eating for weight loss, instead eat for health. you'll feel so much better.
  2. Wash your face at least twice a day. I make sure to do this as soon as I wake up and also as part of my night time routine.
  3. Stop skipping breakfast! eating a healthy breakfast will leave you feeling satisfied and actually give you the right amount of energy to help you lead a productive day. If you're looking for a new healthy breakfast idea, try my favourite go-to granola recipe. It's the bomb.
  4. Stretch daily for at least 5 minutes. 
  5. Add more greens into your diet. It's so easy to add things like spinach or any other leafy green to pretty much any dinner, or try drinking green smoothies. The options are endless.
  6. Stop doubting yourself. You can achieve anything you want, you just have to go for it. 
  7.  Eat whole foods as much as possible. Swapping things like the usual pasta for wholemeal pasta has more nutrients and tastes just as good + avoiding processed foods will benefit your body so much.
  8. Drink warm water with lemon every morning to help digestion and rehydrate your body.
  9. Stop snacking when you're not hungry. Most people tend to snack out of boredom or dehydration, so make sure you're drinking enough water every day and if you're still hungry, reach for something healthy.
  10. Use Youtube for free workout videos. I follow Blogilates.
  11. Get 8 hours of sleep. There's no point staying up all night watching netflix when you could be sleeping so you have enough energy the following day.
  12. Set goals, long term and short term.
  13. Read outdoors. I love reading outside on a sunny day or in the evenings when the sun is going down, it's calming and helps me feel relaxed.
  14. Try new recipes!!
  15. Moisturise your skin every single day and night.
  16. Continuously learn new things. 
  17. Try DIY facemasks.
  18. Organize your clothes. Get rid of the stuff you know you won't ever wear again. 
  19. Take a 10 minute walk.
  20. Wear clothes that make YOU feel good.
  21. Stop putting things off. Get things done.
  22. Challenge yourself.
  23. Forgive. Stop holding grudges and move on. You'll feel a massive weight lifted off your shoulders.
  24. Try bullet journalling.
  25. Eat slower.
  26. Rise early.
  27. Take omega-3. 
  28. Always take the stairs.
  29. Judge less.
  30. Be kind. Always.

shannon
x