Saturday, 27 April 2013

Leslie Lee Sanders Interview

 The second in my series of blogger interviews is the lovely Leslie. Leslie's blog is great for anyone interested in writing. Here is what she had to say...
What is the name of your blog?
Leslie Lee Sanders. Author of fiction with spice,
publishing industry blogger and freelance writer.
Tell us a 5 interesting facts about yourself?
1. I've written erotic romance since 2005
2. I stopped driving over ten years ago after realizing a car can double as a deadly weapon
3. I love psychological thrillers
4. I wrote and illustrated my own scary stories in sixth grade
5. My writing career in general consists of me mostly being independent in many of the decisions, including; indie publishing, freelance blogging, writing, and learning through trial and error
What made you want to start a blog?
I've learned so much being in the writing business since 2005 and gathered a wealth of information on writing, blogging and publishing that most novice writers seek. I get lots of questions about everything from the craft of writing to indie publishing, and started a blog in 2009 to make my knowledge available to those who seek it. Starting a blog was the best way to reach readers too. I found most readers are writers or want to be writers. So, why not create a place on the Net where you can get reads and writing tips?
Describe your blog in one sentence?
A place for writers, bloggers and indie authors to get tried and true writing and publishing advice, tips and information.
What blogs/bloggers do you most admire?
There are two blogs that I find very valuable for me and any freelance writer or blogger. Be a Freelance Blogger is blogging expert Sophie Lizard's blog. There, you can find great information about the business of blogging and making money at it. Slightly similar is Make a Living Writing, the blog of freelance writer Carol Tice. Here, you can get tons of tips and information on the business of freelance writing. These two blogs I visit daily. Very helpful and inspiring.
What is your favourite thing about the blogging community?
I love the discussions. We all can blog about the same thing but put our own unique slant on it where we all can emerged enlightened by each others posts. Or add our opinions to entice a healthy debate over a topic. Blogging is such a great way to gather ideas and solutions just from the comments alone. Love it!
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In 5 years I hope to be one of the super highly respected experts in the publishing, blogging and writing industry. (No, I don't think that's unrealistic or farfetched) I'd love to have my name come up in conversations about writing and the business. Having a book or two on an international bestseller's list by then wouldn't be too bad either.

You can find Leslie at

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Hint of Summer OOTD

Levis Shirt- Ebay
T-Shirt- New Look
Leggings- Internacionale
Shoes- Primark
Summer is finally here! Its been warming up all week and I just can't wait to be finished with work and get out in the sun to enjoy it! Not wanting to get to ahead of myself weather wise, I picked this out as a perfect sunny day look. Of course part of me wanted to whip out the summer dresses and flip flops as soon as I saw the glimmer of the sun, but it really isn't quite hot enough yet! I'm so happy that I can finally say "goodbye boots, hello sandals and dolly shoes" I've been waiting to wear something different for so long its nice to not have to wear the same thing everyday. I'm going crazy at the moment trying to get as much work done as possible so I can spend the last week of Uni in two weeks blissfully enjoying time with my friends. I really can't believe how fast this year has gone, it seems like only a few months ago I was packing up my things to move down here in the first place. It truly is cray cray!

Friday, 19 April 2013

In a Makeup Minute Interview

The first in my series of blogger interviews is Zahra. Zahra is a student from London who has been blogging since October. Here is what she had to say...
What is the name of your blog?
 My blog name is In a Makeup Minute

Tell us a 5 interesting facts about yourself?
 I love to read, I drink green tea by the gallon, I'm a college student, live in London & I'm also a Muslim :)

What made you want to start a blog?
It was when I was first beginning to explore with makeup and I felt like I needed an outlet for all of the amazing new discoveries that I was making, and what better way than to create a blog! I love to write and I felt like this was the perfect way for me to connect with other people who share the same interests and even make a few friends along the way!

Describe your blog in one sentence?
If I had to describe my blog in one sentence, it would be: a place where you can express your individuality and let your personality shine through

What blogs/bloggers do you most admire?
Bloggers which I most admire have got to be: Amie from Belle-aime, the wonderful Poppy from Let's Drive Far Away, Sandra from The Puzzle of Sandra's Life and especially Hafsa at Muslimah Beauty as a fellow Muslim girl who has broken though in the beauty blogging world, she's definitely one of my biggest inspirations!

What blogs/bloggers do you most admire?
My favourite thing about the beauty blogging community is by far the support and love that people give to newbies like me - it was so intimidating at first as I was a small bug compared other bloggers, but the amount of kindness that I've received has definitely boosted my confidence.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I'm quite ambitious, so in 5 years I see myself having finished a Journalism course at university and beginning a job in a beauty/fashion magazine as that would be my dream job, and I hope to gain more recognition from my blog and make plenty more friends through blogging - they sky's the limit!
You can find Zahra at Thank you to Zahra for taking part and I'm sure she would be happy to answer any questions.

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Home for Easter

I've been super busy over the past month, trying to take advantage of being at home before I head south back to uni land again. I've desperately being trying to save money for my holiday with my friend. I was in the coffee shop where I worked before uni painting garden furniture for about 2 weeks straight. I did however, get blisters on my hands and paint on virtually every part of my body. The attempt to book our holiday was met with American laws, oh how I wish I was 21. Its work in progress at the moment but I'm sure I'll post about it when its (hopefully) sorted. I also ate a lot of food and put the diet plans on hold for a few weeks. I don't know what it is about being home but was so much easier to eat anything that I lay my eyes on. I couldn't just blame this on Easter of course, yes, the 2 eggs didn't help but last time I checked Easter didn't last 3 weeks with bacon, cheese and cake being the main food of the holiday. I'm back at uni now and although I have lots of deadlines coming up I'm hoping to go out and visit some place in the area that even after 5 months I still know so little about. How did you spend you Easter holidays?

Friday, 5 April 2013

The Beatles Story Museum


It was my brothers birthday on Monday and as he is a big fan of The Beatles we headed to The Beatles Story museum in Liverpool. I had been once before around 3 years ago when I was studying the 60's for my GCSE textiles and had really enjoyed it at the time so when my brother suggested we went back I couldn't wait. Along with films, I love hearing stories and secrets about the people behind the music and in The Beatles case, how they became the biggest band of all time and changed the face of music forever. As well as being visual, the museum offers you a headset which talks you through each part of the displays. The audio is read by John Lennon's first wife and features interviews with the various people that led The Beatles on their way to stardom. The museum really is amazing and it allows you to walk through the different points of their career from recording in the studio to a trip inside a yellow submarine.
My favourite part was the recreation of the Cavern where The Beatles performed before they topped the charts. I've been to the Cavern before but this was so realistic it felt like you were back there. The instruments, brick walls and music really gave the atmosphere of what it would have been like to have been a teenager at that time. The museum also had beautiful  natural photographs of the band along with interesting quotes. This is always one of my favourite parts of any exhibition because I love learning about the band behind the scenes and the relationship they all had with each other.
It really is a great day out so is perfect for anyone who is interested in music or learning about the sixties. I've been twice now but would certainly go again. I'm definitely in the mood for exploring at the moment and trying to go to as many places as humanly possible!

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