Thursday, 26 March 2015

Favourite Free Apps for Bloggers on the iPhone/iPad


Social
Starting with the obvious ones, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Vine, Snapchat and Youtube. All self explanatory and all ones that I spend most of my time on mainly for laughs and photos. 

Watch/Listen
Netflix | Currently watching a lot of anime and Grimm
Podcast | Mainly use this for catching up on Grimmys Radio 1 show and Tyler Oakley's Psycobabble
iPlayer Radio | I like to put this on in the morning while I'm getting ready
Spotify | One of my all time favourite apps, love creating my own playlists to get ready too
Storie | A great app for documenting your day to day life with little clips and to watch others 

moment | headspace | podcast
Games 
Trivia Crack | Such a good trivia games with different categories, I'm addicted 
1010 | Something I play if I'm board or to pass any time waiting
Edit
Afterlight | The only app I've ever paid for (69p) and it's well worth it, I edit ever IG photo using this
Snapseed | To be honest it super similar to afterlight if you don't feel like paying 

Other
Easyjet | I fly a lot so it's perfect to keep track of times and boarding passes
Moment | The perfect app to track your time on your phone or iPad, eye opener for sure
Headspace | Perfect meditation guide for beginners, only takes ten minutes a time
Timehop | I go on this app every morning first thing, it's like a routine, so fun looking back on older posts
Notes | I'm consistently typing ideas on my notes, so handy when your out and about, I'd be lost without it

spotify | 1010 | instagram

Let me know if I've missed out any necessities for bloggers and also let me know what your favourite apps are!

LINKS

Twitter: https://twitter.com/beyondbally
Instagram: https://instagram.com/__franny___/
Vine: https://vine.co/u/934623823419027456
Tumblr: http://beyondbally.tumblr.com/
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/user/114457918









Saturday, 14 March 2015

Scotland | Ed in a Bra


I always have the best intentions to make these travel posts pretty, yano, getting those photos with the perfect lighting and angle. Beautiful pictures of your food and drink, landmarks taken from the ground or landscapes taken from above, insta worthy, if you will. However in reality I always forget to take out my camera unless it's for a million selfies before a night out. That's basically all my travel post are at the minute because I'm always visiting friends. Meaning my trips consist of drinking and chilling because I'm still a student at heart! Can't believe it's been nearly 8 months since I graduated, unreal. This trip was no different as you may be able to guess, I will try harder to be more concious of a pretty blog post next time though, I promise.

Before I get into it I feel like I should explain the title "Ed in a Bra" as it's a little strange. I went on this trip with four other groovy people and we're all in a group convo on WhatsApp that has that very title so I thought it was only fitting. It mainly consists of slagging each other off and Kardashian memes. It's pure brilliance.


05/03/15
The flight from Belfast to Glasgow is the quickest flight I have ever come across, it's about 20 minutes, literally up and down, it's fantastic. I took the morning flight at 11:30 which is a blessing since I'm used to the 8am morning flights to Newcastle, meaning my alarm is set for 4am, so it was a nice lie in this time. My friend Niamh (2nd year nursing, very jelly she's still a student) lives in Paisley which is a super fast 5 minutes taxi ride from the airport, ideal. My friend Ryan (living in Glasgow, recently moved from Belfast) met me at the airport though to take me back which was super nice because I've never flown into Glasgow airport before. Bloody long walk from the terminal I found out.
Nothing much to report on the day, I just settled into Niamh's flat which, by the way, has a broken front door into the set of flats. Just to give you a good picture of the area were in here, handy if it's raining and your not the one with a key mind. Might as well say that Niamh's bedroom had a minor flood from the room above the night before so we were all cosy wosy on the sofa bed. Quite a few things seemed to be going wrong at this point but the leak and everything else never dampened our spirits haha ha ha... Remind me to never attempt a pun again, thanks. Moving swiftly along, fast forward to night time, we were getting ready to head out. Even though the main party was in Edinburgh we thought we'd have a little warm up. We played Head's Up while downing our shared bottle of Vodka and headed to Polo. Slight hickup, Niamh forgot her I.D. but she was more than happy with heading back home because she was pooped so me and Ryan pursued the night. We ended up in a cute little two person booth with a bottle of wine listening to an incredible voice singing songs from Rocky Horror and The Little Mermaid, I was in my element. Nice wee way to spend a night in Glasgow.




06/03/15 
Ok so we had no idea that the buses from Glasgow to Edinburgh ran every 15 minutes and was only £6 return. I think we were the only people ever to have booked it online to show the drivers our megabus codes, they looked so confused bless them and we looked like idiots. BUT WE WERE ON OUR WAY WOO! We arrived in Ed at half 5 and met my cousin Kyle (moved to Ed 6 years ago to study, very rightly never moved back) after work to plan out our night and more importantly bought our alcohol for the night. We decided to buy a litre of spirit each and fruit juice to make one big cocktail for the four of us. We were staying in the Belford Hostel the Friday and Saturday night which is kind of out of the way a wee bit but it didn't cost much to get anywhere in taxi's between us all. I would stay there again because the inside was so cool, it was a converted Church so it had a huge height and cool illustrations on the walls. Turns out we couldn't drink our own alcohol there because they have their own licensed bar so we got ready and headed to Kyle's flat for pre drinks. That night was pretty eventful, everyone was getting to know each other so it was a little crazy.



07/03/15
I woke up in Kyles because Niamh and Ryan had went back to the hostel and I was feeling pretty fresh amazingly. My friend Joe (uni friend, lives in Newcastle) took the train up that Saturday morning, meeting us in Kyles barring gifts, ice-lollies! Best hangover cure ever. We chilled in Kyles for a couple of hours then got the taxi back to the hostel so I could finally get out of my glad rags and get ready for the day. After making myself suitable for life again we headed into Ed city centre for a well needed Spoons, cocktails and a burger, I was feeling 100% again. After being fed and watered it was time for our night time routine, drink bought, hostel, get ready, head to Kyle's and pre drink. I could have pre drank all night, it's usually one of the best parts of the night. A few videos were recorded in the process so I'll have to put them together as like a Hangover Part 4 montage. Topped up with alcohol once again we heading into town and found an 80s room where we pretty much stayed most of the night.




08/03/15
I should have been incredibly hungover at this point but to just keep drinking seems to keep it at bay, who knew. Check out was 10am we could have cried, so so thankful of Kyle's flat at this point. We literally watched four movies in a row while eating our weight in snacks. Proper hangover day. Me and Joe slipped away for a coffee refresher before leaving Ed, well actually I had a cocktail refresher but it totally did the trick. Our bus back to Glasgow wasn't until half 7, pretty poor planning on my part, we did just laze about all day but it was nice spending time with everyone. Said our goodbyes and back to Glasgow with Niamh and Ryan. Since we were skint from the weekend we got the bus back to Paisley after the megabus totalling about 3 hours with a half hour wait for chicken and a slow walk back. We we're pooped! Feel asleep as soon as we ate.



09/03/15
A much needed lie in, waving Niamh off to uni bless her while me and Ryan snoozed on. We did repay her though by completely blitzing out her flat, mop and all. It was so amazing spending time with my home birds before my flight at half 7. Only took 20 minutes from Niamh's flat, through check in and security until I was sat waiting for my gate to me called, 20 minutes, Niamh has the life of it.

That was my Scotland trip in a nutshell. I was so blessed to have went away with such an amazing group who got on so well even if they are from different parts of my life. Can't wait for the next trip!







Thursday, 12 March 2015

Twitter Chats for Bloggers


MONDAY

18:00-18:30 #girlstravel (travel)
19:00-20:00 #bdib (general)
                   #bundlechat (general)
20:00-21:00 #fbloggers (fashion)
                   #healthyselves (health & happiness)
21:00-22:00 #holhealthhour (holistic health)

TUESDAY

19:00-20:00 #bookbloggers (reading)
                   #mybchat (general)
19:00-20:30 #craftblogclub (crafts)
20:00-21:00 #fblchat (fashion, beauty & lifestyle)
21:00-22:00 #bloghour (general)

WEDNESDAY

19:00-20:00 #lbloggers (lifestyle)
20:00-21:00 #bbloggers (beauty)
                    #stylechat (fashion)
21:00-22:00 #bloghour (general)

THURSDAY

19:00-20:00 #crazybloggers (general)
20:00-21:00 #fdbloggers (food)
                    #fbloggers (fashion)
20:30-21:30 #cbloggers (creative)
21:00-22:00 #blogphotochat (photography)
                   #chatMH (mental health)

FRIDAY

19:00-20:00 #beautychat (beauty)
20:00-21:00 #bdib (general)

SATURDAY 

18:00-19:00 #socialbloggers (general)

SUNDAY

19:00-20:00 #lbloggers (lifestyle)
                   #crafthour (carfts)
20:00-21:00 #bbloggers (beauty)

There's a few of these posts about already but I've wanted to create my own for a while so I can keep tabs on the twitter chats that I join in. These are all UK times. I'm not strictly a lifestyle chat kinda gal so hopefully there's a few chats here that you can take note of and join in too! Let me know of any more and I'll add them.


Monday, 2 March 2015

Sound of 2015 | February Playlist


Years & Years - Real 
I've been obsessed with these guys this year so it's no wonder why they've made it into my January and February playlist and probably my March playlist to be honest. They are an electronic trio founded in London consisting of frontman and keyboardist Olly Alexander, bassist Mikey Goldsworthy and synth player Emre Turkmen. You might also recognise Olly from the silver screen. I thought I knew his face when I seen him on BBC introducing and turns out I did, from the film The Riot Club. Talented boy!



Imagine Dragons - I Bet My Life
If you haven't seen these guys, do! The first time I seen them was pure magic, I had a smile from ear to ear the whole way through their set. This is one of their newest videos, starring the amazing Dane Dehaan who I know from the film Kill Your Darlings. Me and my brother have been playing this song non stop this month, such a belter.


An oldie but a goodie. Her new single L.A.LOVE is a good wee tune too but it being released made me remember London Bridge and how much I used to love it. So glad it's back in my life, thanks fergie ferg.

I seen these guys when they were supporting Florence and The Machines and I had no idea who they were but they must have left a good impression because afterwards I gave them a good stalk and really got into their first album. This is the first song I've heard off their new album and it sounds promising!

I heard the alternative version to this on a Will Darbyshire video and fell in love, I've seriously been sending this to everyone, it's so beautiful.  

Frankie Valli - Grease 
This has always been my favourite song from the movie and I've included the video because I think it's really neat. It's even one of my favourite parts in the movie, don't even know why I love it so much.



A little bit of old mixed in with a lot of new tunes this months, slightly obsessed with Kygo remixes too. 


Saturday, 28 February 2015

January and February in Frames


JANUARY


|slim's healthy kitchen, new eat with lj|
|devastation, my lil bro suits this more than me|
|bat like earring from eBay| 


|3 course meal for my aunty's birthday at mourne seafood bar|

FEBRUARY 


|dad&brother before Tom's formal|
|volunteering with a view|
|how I spent V day, with ma babe|


|Tash is home, seen 50 shades|
|tea obsession|
|lisa's 30th, Belfast|








Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Favourite Lush Products


I love lush as much as the next guy and girl and I've done the impossible by narrowing down some of my favourite products. Minus all the incredible bath bombs and bars obvs.

Sea Salt Shampoo 
This is a weird one when you first start using it, the texture is different to any other shampoo I've used. Once it starts to lather up though it works like a treat. It makes my hair feel thicker and stronger and leaves it smelling gorgeoussss.

Brazened Honey Face Mask
I got this for my birthday from my friend lj and I've been using it every other week since, I just love it. It smells like a bunch of fresh flowers and works so well on my skin. It brings everything to the surface and leaves you with clear skin for the next day.

Bubblegum Lip Scrub  
Can't get over how much I'm loving this product, I really thought it wouldn't do much but believe the hype. I can't imagine ever needing to purchase another one of these because it last such a long time and because of that I think it's very cheap. Tastes delicious also.   


What are your lush product must haves? 






Saturday, 21 February 2015

Rimmel | Makeup Brand Spotlight

Rimmel was one of the first makeup brands I used and feel in love with. It's probably my favourite high street makeup brand and my collection is always growing. I went through a makeup clear out before this post to trim my collection down. I've spilt the products up because there is still a bit to get through.

| FACE |

Match Perfection Foundation | Classic Beige | £6.99
Wake Me Up Foundation | Soft Beige | £8.99
Lasting Finish 25H Foundation | Ivory | £7.99
Match Perfection Compact Powder | Ivory | £5.99
Wake Me Up Concealer | Soft Beige | £5.49
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| EYES |

Wonder'full Mascara | £7.99
KATE Mascara | £7.49
Lash Accelerator Endless Mascara | £7.99
Brow This Way Styling Gel | £2.99
Green Duo Eyeshadow | £4.99
Scandal Eyes | £3.99
Eyebrow Pencil | £2.99
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| LIPS |

London Apocalips Lip Lacquer | Nude Eclipse | £6.49
London Apocalips Lip Lacquer | Aurora | £6.49
London Colour Rush Balm | Rumour Has It | £4.49
Vinyl Lip Gloss | Pin Up | £4.99
1000 Kisses Lip Liner | £2.99
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As you can see, most of these products are well loved. I don't think I've ever done my make-up without at least one Rimmel product. I've a feeling my collection will only continue to grow! 





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