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My Favourite Instagram Accounts of 2017

Instagram is one of my favourite platforms.

I’m a visual person and seeing photos continually pop up on my feed (not always in the right time order), is a lovely way to round up the day.

As a blogger, it can be a little frustrating when a photo isn’t given the credit it deserves or when your following drops because you haven’t post in two seconds.

My rule when it comes to beating the algorithm is to follow a small number of accounts and with that being said, I follow under 100 accounts. I realise as a blogger, that will be seen as unsupportive but I spend a lot of my time on Instagram liking, commenting and using the explore page to see new accounts.

I thought that seeing as it’s Christmas, I wanted to share the love for ten of my favourite accounts of the year which are in no particular order, just alphabetical. This post is probably one of my most well loved (and surprisingly, commonly requested) so I’m pretty pleased that you all enjoy them.

You can find me on Instagram at owlsandstags

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2017

December is my favourite time of the year and it also happens to be the month of my birthday which is pretty fun as I’m born the day after Christmas so it means double celebrations for my family and I.

I wanted to sit down and write a proper long post about how the year has been for me as it’s almost at the end.

The wonderful team at bakerdays knew my birthday was round the corner and they very kindly sent me a dachshund cake. You can probably guess, but it’s already been eaten by the Mr and I.

They make the most delicious through-the-post-box cakes with personalised messages and the cutest designs. Not only that, but cupcakes are now available as well. There really is a cake for any occasion!

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24 Christmas Films To Indulge In

Christmas officially begins on Friday.

HOLY DUMBLEDORE, I am utterly excited.

December is my favourite month of the year – the build up, the festive drinks, the multiple tins of chocolates, the cosy nights in, pigs in blankets, buying your loved ones presents, the big day and of course, the following day as it’s my birthday!

I wanted to make a list of the Christmas films which everyone has loved – 24 in total, so you’ve got one for every day of the month.

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Surviving The Darker Days

Ooh, the title is a bit deep isn’t it? 

Since the clocks went back, we’re greeted by dark mornings and even darker evenings. We barely see the daylight, the fresh is crisp and the frost has returned.

I’ve never had an issue with the darker months. Over time, I’ve learnt how to embrace them, make the most of them and enjoy them. After all, they’re here each year and we can’t exactly change that.

I don’t have many tips, but the ones which do work for me, I’ve decided to share…

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My Relationship With My Body

I haven’t done a fashion post since June.

There are a few reasons behind why: nobody to take photos, no nice places to shoot the photos, no new clothes to talk about but most of all, my weight.

I’d say for the past two years, my weight has been a huge issue.

If you’ve been reading my blog for over a year, you’ll know that when I was travelling in New Zealand (March, 2016), I had extremely bad back pain and it was only until I was back in the UK that I was diagnosed with gallstones.

Not just your average gallstones. Gallstones which put me into private care for an emergency operation (January, 2017) as they were extremely severe.

I’m the heaviest that I’ve ever been.

I don’t know how much I weigh but all I know is that I’m not happy.

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Celebrate Your Success

Last week, I saw a tweet on my timeline from a blogger called Holly and what she said had really struck a cord with me.

Struggling to feel like you’re not “successful enough?”
Pause and reflect on everything you’ve achieved so far.
Be proud of yourself.

I feel like unless an achievement is celebrated in a big manner, then it’s forgotten about and it’s not portrayed as success but in reality, it is.

Even the small things should be celebrated.

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The Perfect Autumnal Candle

Autumn is officially here.

Therefore, it’s perfectly acceptable to light all the Autumnal candles.

I dragged the Mr to the mothership that is HomeSense in Aintree a few weeks ago as I was trying to hunt down the perfect Autumn candle and I think I’ve found it.

I’m not a big fan of cinnamon, apple or pumpkin scents at all.

I’m much more of a citrus fruit kinda gal.

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