2018 Goals🗒✔️

Heyyyyy guys, so sorry that I’ve not been active in a while! It’s been so hectic lately but I’m so glad that I’m starting this year off right-I love my job, I’m doing personal training (which I never would have done before) and I’m finally getting the right medication sorted for my blood pressure. I don’t normally do New Years resolutions, but this year I’ve decided to set a few goals for myself:

  1. Stick to my exercise- Although this is a goal that I make all the time (and never stick to it), I’m hoping that because I’m paying for a personal trainer, I’ll stick it out- plus I think it will really help with someone motivating me. I’m also working on my healthy eating-I know that I’m under-eating by 1000+ calories a day which is something I need to work on.
  2. Working on my Photography- I can’t remember the last time I picked my camera up, which is really disappointing because it used to be my biggest passion. I’ve planned a few shoots though and I’m hoping to get out and do them soon.
  3. Being more confident- I’m a very shy person and I worry all the time that this might come across as me being rude and ignoring people, so this year I’m making a conscious effort to talk to more people and be more friendly.
  4. Save money- Now that I’m earning my own money I really need to start putting some aside every month, as my savings account currently has 2p in it😬
  5. Learn a language- My friends and I have decided that we’re going to Disneyland Paris this year, which I’m so excited for!! I’d really like to be able to speak some french by the time we go-I studied French at GCSE and I’m hoping it will naturally come back to me!!

Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed my post and if you have any feedback please let me know!!❤️

Award nomination💞

So I’ve just been nominated for an award!!! Specifically, the ‘Versatile Blogger Award’. Thank you to Exclusory and Fiona for the nomination, it really means a lot! Please check out their blogs whenever you can!

When you are nominated for this award, you must thank the blogger who nominated you (with a link to their blog), nominate fifteen other bloggers to partake in this post and share seven facts about yourself. Here are mine:

  1. I’ve been on tv before, when I was younger, although I didn’t have much air-time😂
  2. I want to set up my own photography business, and I’m working to save up the money to fund it
  3. I also want to go travelling: I want to travel round Europe, but my absolute dream would be to go to Rome!
  4. I used to do ballroom dancing until I was about nine, but I probably wouldn’t be very good at it now! I also did ice skating and swimming.
  5. I have a hole in my ear and no one knows why it is there
  6. I have an addiction to online shopping😂literally can’t stop spending money😅
  7. I once got a poem I’d written published in a book!

My favourite fifteen bloggers are:

  1. Jess
  2. Judanna
  3. P A E
  4. Kayla
  5. Becca
  6. Kris Marie
  7. Tizz
  8. SimplyShaiz
  9. OurLilMtnTribe
  10. Sophie
  11. Mary
  12. Caitlin
  13. OkamiAmmy
  14. Hebah
  15. Life of Bee

Make sure you check out their blogs!💞💞

Make-up routine💆🏻

Heyyyyy! I’ve been wanting to do a post about make-up for a while now, and I’m really excited about it! I’m definitely not a make-up artist, and don’t know much about make up, but I enjoy putting it on and feel so much more confident when I have some on. That might sound a bit shallow, as it sounds like I’m saying that make-up makes everyone look better, but I don’t mean it that way at all-I just mean that I personally feel so much better while wearing it, as I can cover all my imperfections (even if other people can’t see them, I always feel better when I know they are covered up!).

Putting my make-up on is definitely my favourite time of the day-I love having some time to myself and listening to music while I’m doing it, and it makes getting ready for work a lot easier.

My routine:

  1. Moisturiser and toner-Before I go to bed, I take off all my make up off (usually with a foam face cleanser) and then apply toner and moisturiser. Until recently, I didn’t know what this was for but was using it anyway-I’ve since found out that it tightens your pores and makes your make-up sit better. I got the benefit mini’s kit for Christmas last year, and I would definitely recommend it!
  2. Primer-This is the first step I do in the morning, as the skincare routine is done at night. The primer I use is also benefit (the benefit POREfessional, £36) and it is amazing-it isn’t oily at all and it goes on so easily, and I’ve really noticed a difference with how much longer my make up stays on since wearing it.
  3. Concealer-I use a Rimmel concealer, the ‘Wake me up!’ one (£4.49): I’ve used a lot of different concealers because I used to get a lot of spots, and this one covers them really well. I use it under my eyes as well because it brightens the skin really well.
  4. Foundation-I use the benefit oxygen wow foundation as it’s got the best coverage and it’s exactly the right shade as well.
  5. Pressed powder-I use maybelline ‘stay matte’ powder or the benefit presses powder in shade light-The benefit one is my favourite as it is the most mattifying, but I’ve found that the maybelline powder stays on for longer-it’s also translucent so I can wear it when I’ve had a spray tan as well. Also, the maybelline powder is £2.99, whereas the benefit powder is £23.
  6. Bronzer-Another benefit product, but I tried a Maybelline bronzer and found that it didn’t stay on very well, but this benefit one is amazing. I use the bronzer for contouring, on my cheekbones, sides of my nose, hairline and my jawline.
  7. Highlighter-I recently bought a new highlighter from ‘Technic’ which wasn’t very expensive, but it works really well and stays on all day. I don’t like to use a highlighter that is really obvious, like a metallic stripe across my cheek, but this one is really subtle.
  8. Brow powder-I use the Rimmel ‘Brow this way’ palette (£5) which has an eyebrow gel to shape your eyebrows, and then a powder to fill them in.
  9. Eyeliner-I use a eyeliner pencil (if I’m honest, it’s because I’m shit at using liquid eyeliner😂) from Avon or Rimmel, but they’re both good and stay on all day.
  10. Eyeshadow-I only wear this if I’m going out really, but when I do use it I use the Naked 3 palette or the w7 smoky eye palette.
  11. Mascara-Even on the days wear I don’t wear much make up, I always make sure I wear mascara. I’m lucky that my eyelashes are long, so I never have to wear false lashes, so I look for a mascara that will lengthen them and give them volume. At the moment, I love the Maybelline ‘lash sensational’ (£7), and if I want more volume, I wear the Rimmel scandal eyes mascara as well.

I usually then set my make up with Revolution setting spray-I’ve only recently started to do this but it actually makes such a difference, and my make up actually stays on all day.

If you have any recommendations for new make up or any tips then please let me know💗

List of goals✨✨✨

At the beginning of summer, I made a list of goals that I wanted to have achieved by the end of it-I found this list in my notes app on my phone the other day, and I’m feeling pretty disappointed.

First on the list was to read twenty books, mostly classics-I read about ten over the summer, but I wouldn’t say they were all classics. I wanted to start reading more because I used to absolutely love it, and have a book with me all the time, but now I barely have any time to read-I feel like it’s something I should start doing again (if you have any books to suggest that would be amazing!).

The second thing was to lose weight and get fit-probably quite a common goal for most people, and while I have lost some weight, I wouldn’t say I’m anywhere near my goal weight, and I’m definitely not fit😂. I don’t actually think that this is a healthy goal to have, because I’ve got into a cycle of constantly weighing myself and being upset at what I’m seeing, and I’m not sure how to get out of it.

The next goal was to start a journal-a goal that I’ve actually achieved! I try to write in it most days, and it’s actually making me feel better when I’m writing down how I’m feeling-it’s good to let everything out!

The fourth on the list was to get a job, which I’ve also done. When I wrote the list, I was imagining that I would get a job that I really enjoyed, in something I was passionate about, but at least my current job is earning me money!

Number five was to try ten different kinds of cocktails-I’ve tried four so far, but I’ve enjoyed them all!

Number six was to learn how to drive-I’ve not done this yet, as I’m waiting for my mum to qualify as a driving instructor, and to be honest, I don’t need to drive yet anyway, as I’m saving money and my bike is working fine! Plus, I’ll be fitter in the long run as well.

Number seven-listen to new music. By this, I meant music that I wouldn’t normally listen to, and I have been trying new artists, but if you’ve got any to recommend I’ll give them a listen! I’ve also got Spotify premium recently, which I’m loving!

Money making for under 18’s

18 and under is a difficult age, because you have so much you want to buy and not enough money (apart from the bank of mum and dad). It can be very hard to find a job if you are under 16 without having a national insurance number, as you can’t be employed without one. Here are a few tips that I found helpful:

  1. Part time job- Although you can’t get a full time job yet, you could look for something like a paper round: it won’t make that much money, but if you’re saving up then it will all add up. When I was 15, I got a job housekeeping at a house near me, doing general cleaning and ironing, which paid £9 an hour-it still does, as I work this job alongside my full-time one. I also did babysitting whenever I could. There are lots of odd jobs you can do for people, like washing cars, walking dogs, cutting grass etc.
  2. Selling stuff- Obviously you’d have to ask your parents if you can sell your stuff, but this will be a fast way of making money. There’s lots of websites and apps available for this (eBay, Gumtree, Depop) but most of them charge to post your ads. Facebook marketplace is a good way to sell, as they don’t charge and it is all done over messages, so you can ask questions about the products before buying, and you can share the item so it gets more views.
  3. Online surveys- These might not make you much money, and it won’t be quick, but it will be an extra couple of quid. You sign up to websites such as ‘Valued Opinions’ and ‘Opinion Outpost’, where you are emailed a survey every day, which will take a few minutes to fill in, and then the credits are added to your account. Once you have enough credits, you can redeem them for money. Occasionally, they will also send products for you to test and review, although this doesn’t happen very often.
  4. Social media promotion- This is only an option if you have above 8k followers (I’ll be posting a blog shortly on how to gain more followers), but you can contact brands and become an ambassador, and earn money per post.
  5. Saving money- I’m probably not the right person to be suggesting this, as when I have money it burns a hole in my pocket, and I find myself online shopping, but it will help your money add up. Saving any money you get, like birthday or Christmas money, should leave you with a fair amount. Also, every penny counts-maybe get a money pot and put in any loose change in it. Putting it in a money pot, like the ceramic ones, means you can’t get the money out after, so you can’t be tempted to spend it.
  6. Making and selling things- My last tip would be to find something you are good at making (maybe you’re good at sewing, so you could make some clothes, or you’re a natural photographer, so could shoot some commissions), and sell them on, making sure that you make a profit after using all the materials.

Online dating

In the last few years, online dating has become almost as popular as the real thing-and although is has its success story (the percentage of current relationships that began online is 17%), the sad reality is that they don’t seem to last-the average length of a marriage of couples who met online is 18.5 months.

I’ll admit that I have used several dating apps-and that swiping through people can be very fun, as most of the bios are hilarious, not to mention the chat up lines-but while I had the intention of using the app to meet a future boyfriend, I realised pretty soon that this is not what the men are using the app for-it is all for one night stands.

The biggest problem I have with the apps is the amount of (sorry for the language) dick pics you are bound to get-if they are appreciated, and maybe even asked for, then fine-but the majority are sent without asking.

People also don’t realise the danger they are in when online dating-you have no idea who it is that you are really talking to: it is so easy to create a fake name and get a few pictures of someone from google. Even the profiles that are genuine are bound to have a few white lies or exaggerations: ‘I’m into water sports’ sounds a lot better than ‘I once went surfing on holiday when I was ten’. Catfishing is on the rise-54% of people believe that the person they are talking to has used false information.

Choosing which characteristics and information you use online feels great-you choose how you’re going to appear and make yourself sound so good that even you would date you, but what happens when you meet face to face? You’re so used to thinking out a reply before you hit send (and probably sending the messages to your group chat first), that when you meet in person it will feel so unnatural.

Apps like tinder are also based completely on looks-you’ve heard the saying ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’, but that is literally the basis of these apps.

Career help!!

This is quite a personal blog post-it’s my biggest worry and probably my biggest regret as well. In July this year, I left sixth form (with four a-levels, in photography, psychology, English literature and religious studies with philosophy), and decided that I didn’t want to go to university. This is because, although I do love photography, it has always been more of a hobby and I’m not sure if I want to do it as a career, or even if I have the ability to do it.

Instead of going to university, I decided to get a full time job, which I started about two weeks ago, working as a housekeeper-the money is good, but the hours are long and I can’t see myself being a cleaner for the next 20+ years. I regret not going to university because I feel like I’m missing out on the experience, but I didn’t want to go unless I was passionate about what I want to do-I didn’t see the point studying a subject for 3 years when I wasn’t totally interested in it.

I love photography so I could do it alongside my job, but I have no idea how to set up a business-I also don’t want to do weddings, which would be the main profit maker-I enjoy shooting still-life and landscapes, and unusual portraiture (such as using masks and paints and other materials).

I enjoy working with children-I wouldn’t mind being a teaching assistant, but apparently that isn’t ‘aiming high enough’. I also enjoy working on social media, such as promoting accounts and gaining followers, but I have no experience on other accounts except my own, and I like writing, but again, I’m not sure I have the talent.

Any advice or job ideas would be very welcome-I’m trying to tell myself that I don’t need to worry about it yet, but people are always asking what I want to do and I have no idea!

Thank you✨✨✨

Burning Flowers

One of my greatest passions in life is my photography-I love the idea that I can capture a moment in time and I will then have that memory forever. Whilst I’m not studying photography at the moment (After studying photography at A-level, I decided I would take a gap year before going to university), I still enjoy practising my techniques and taking my camera wherever I go. I wanted to share one of my favourite shoots:

One of the projects that I completed during my A-level course was centred around Floral Decay-this involved anything that changed the appearance of flowers, using elements such as fire, ice and paint. My goal was to use liquid nitrogen to coat the flower, and then I would photograph the process of smashing it, inspired by the works of Jon Shireman. For my first shoot, I photographed flowers against a black background, inspired by Vanda Wallace. My third shoot was inspired by Thinh Dong, who freezes flowers and then photographs them. However, my favourite flower by far was my shoot inspired by Mat Collishaw.

Collishaw photographs burning flowers, which my sound easy-how hard can it be to set a flower on fire?-but it is actually very, very difficult! First of all, I had to find a place where I could set up a black backdrop, but also somewhere where the safety risks would be lower-as I would be using fire and flammable liquid, I was not allowed to do the shoot in the studio at school. I decided to shoot the flowers in my kitchen-this meant that I would be near water should anything happen, and there was also lots of natural light. I asked my mum to assist me, which meant that she could hold the match to the flower while I held the camera. I soaked the flowers in vodka-not the most conventional method, but I thought that they would then be flammable. This didn’t work, so I found that lighter fluid dripped onto the flowers worked best-they went up in flames straight away, but it only lasted a few seconds, so I had to take as many pictures as I could in a short space of time.

After a few test shots, I knew what I was doing and was happy with my images. I then edited the images in Photoshop to increase the contrast and saturation of the images. I have included one of Mat Collishaws’ images for comparison purposes, and some of my final outcomes-please ask before using the images anywhere.

All images are available on my instagram page (@katieellis_photography) and on my facebook page (Katie Ellis photography).

Photo 28-08-2016, 19 28 47
Copyright belongs to Katie Ellis Photography-this is my own image, please ask before using.
Copyright belongs Mat Collishaw-taken from his ‘Burning Flowers’ 2003 collection.

‘APPy days

Nowadays, there is an app for literally everything: food, fitness, one-night stands, even an app for those who enjoy squeezing spots! (Pimple Popper, £1.99-offers realistic spot-squeezing and an action replay!) Everyone is now reliant on technology-hardly anyone, certainly not in my generation, reads an ACTUAL newspaper now-why would they when the news is available on their phone, and for free?

There are so many advantages to the advances in technology-it makes everything so much more convenient. 90% of teenagers will have their phones on them at all times, which makes contacting people so much easier. You can speak to people in different countries over Skype, FaceTime, etc., which connects people all over the world. You can get in touch with anyone, anywhere-there are so many more possibilities: no more sending a letter and waiting weeks for a reply! There’s also cheaper alternatives to everything-the BBC GoodFood app is free and offers hundreds of recipes, whereas a hardcopy of the cookbook is £13.82-choosing which to get is a no-brainer.

There has been a distinct rise in the number of jobs created thanks to technology: The Guardian (link below) says that the technological progress has cut the prices of essentials, like food, and the price of bigger household items such as TVs and kitchen appliances. The price of cars in the UK has halved in the last 25 years, which leaves more money to spend on leisure, and creates new demand and new jobs, perhaps explaining the big rise in bar staff: “Despite the decline in the traditional pub, census data shows that the number of people employed in bars rose fourfold between 1951 and 2011,” the report says.

Whilst the rise in technology is improving computer skills, especially in children due to the rise in video games, and the fact that ICT is now included in the national curriculum, it has significantly lowered the face-to-face communication. Most young people are more confident talking to strangers over the internet than they would in person-most would say that they would never approach a stranger in person, but they are happy to talk to someone who they know nothing about online. Losing these skills could be detrimental to an individual, for example, if they are not comfortable talking to someone in person, then they will not be comfortable in a job interview and this could then cost them the job. Most job vacancies are posted online, and so the whole process is done virtually, which means no face-to-face contact is required.

Sources: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/aug/17/technology-created-more-jobs-than-destroyed-140-years-data-census

Staying healthy while working full-time

Staying healthy and fit whilst working full-time isn’t easy, but it doesn’t have to be difficult: I’m not claiming to be healthy OR fit, and I definitely don’t go to the gym as much as I should, but I’m doing my best to stick to my fitness goals and eat clean, and follow some basic steps:

  1. Drinking Water-Pretty basic but staying hydrated is so important: your body is 75% water, and if it drops by 2% you aren’t able to exercise properly. I try to drink a litre bottle of water throughout the day, plus a cup of water whenever I pass the water fountain at work. Another suggestion would be to set an hourly goal of how much you want to drink, maybe starting with 250ml. There are also apps available that allow you to input how much you are drinking and reminds you when you haven’t drunk enough.
  2. Fitness Apps-There are apps for almost everything, including apps that sync with sports watches. I was recently given an Apple watch which is amazing for tracking your fitness activity, and so convenient as you can check your progress during the day. The fitbit watch works in a similar way, and sets you a goal of 250 steps per hour. Aiming to walk more during the day can easily help to shift a couple of pounds and keep you healthy-for example, you could go for a ten minute walk in your lunch hour, instead of scrolling through Facebook.
  3. Healthy Eating-The obvious step, but it can be hard to balance healthy eating with your job: Also, healthy and organic food is often more expensive than, say, a bag of crisps, so it is easier to choose the full fat option. Regular meals are probably my first suggestion, as this makes it easier to watch what you eat. Quitting snacking between meals will also help you see a difference in your weight: Maybe try drinking water when you feel hungry, as this helps make you feel full. Even something as simple as cutting out sugar in coffee can help-on average, a person drinks three cups of coffee a day, and if you have one sugar per coffee, that amounts to 336 calories per week.
  4. Setting Goals (Realistic ones!)- Setting a goal, for either how much exercise you want to do, or how much weight you want to lose, can help you to stay motivated and to keep weight off in the longterm.
  5. Exercise At Home-It can be hard to find the time to get to the gym, and a gym membership can be expensive. This doesn’t mean that you can’t exercise though-there are so many fitness DVD’s and tutorials available that don’t take much time to do ether: most people feel more confident exercising at home than publically in a gym. If you don’t like the idea of following a set routine, you could make some small changes, such as walking to the shop instead of driving there. Also, housework is a very good way to burn calories: An hour of ironing burns 157 calories, which is the equivalent of 1 bag of crisps, or 30 minutes of water aerobics. Sweeping burns off 161 calories per hour, or 3 Cadbury’s Roses: You’d have to cycle for 30 minutes to burn the same number.

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