How I Blog

I’ve always loved looking behind the scenes – DVD features, getting glimpses of the filming of Lewis and Endeavour in Oxford, bloopers, books about shows, all of it! I love to see the creative process, and really get my head around how things are made. So, on the off-chance some of you are like me, I thought I’d take you behind the scenes of my blog, and show you how I keep organised!

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An Award and An Announcement!

I’ve been nominated for another Liebster Award! Thanks very much, The London Turtle! I’ve just discovered this fab blog and you should definitely check it out too 🙂

The rules, as usual:

1. Answering the 11 questions

2. Listing 11 facts about myself

3. Nominating 11 smaller blogs for the award, and setting them 11 questions.

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The Sunshine Award!

The wonderful Debbie from nominated me ages ago for the Sunshine Award, which is very sweet considering my dreadful absence last month! Her blog is full of cool things and I especially love her artwork – such a talented lady!

You are supposed to think of 11 facts, answer 11 questions, and nominate 11 bloggers… But I like that Debbie’s skipped the facts, as that’s what I’m going to do too! Continue reading

The Versatile Blogger Award 2.0!

The lovely Hannah, who blogs over at A Day in the Life of a Northern Girl, nominated me for another Versatile Blogger Award! I met Hannah at Laura’s blogger meet up in London last month, and we got on like a house on fire, so I’m really pleased she likes my blog – you should definitely check hers out if you like great informative posts and pretty things!

This is an award given to bloggers who inspire you, and you’re supposed to nominate 15 people, but I feel like I’d rather give it to a few who I love rather than searching out tons for the sake of it. Then you have to find 7 facts about you – I really think at some point I’m going to run out of facts!

  1. I am currently in my final year at Oxford, studying Classics (mostly Latin literature and Roman history in the first century AD).
  2. I am excessively flexible – not hyperflexible, but nearly. Despite this, I still can’t do yoga.
  3. I’m a big fan of Shakespeare, and am trying to get to see all of his plays on stage before I’m 30. This weekend, it’s Richard II with David Tennant!
  4. My favourite scents are rose, honey, violet and spiced apple, in that order.
  5. My favourite form of procrastination is showering/bathing – if I can’t do my essay, at least I can be clean!
  6. I have four library cards for different areas, not even counting my Oxford student card which lets me into all the academic libraries…
  7. Ummm…. I love Lush? That’s not exactly news… But these facts are so hard!

Now for the nominations:

  1. Always Unpresentable
  2. Through the Looking Glass and Down the Rabbit Hole
  3. Delovely
  4. Topknots and Polka Dots
  5. Late Night Nonsense
  6. Bridgett’s Beauty Blog

So thank you Hannah! Hope you enjoyed reading my not-so-interesting facts!

Asha x

Blog Your ♥ Out Award

I’ve been nominated for the Blog Your ♥ Out Award by the very witty and beautiful writer of Through the Looking Glass and Down the Rabbit Hole. Her reviews are top notch and her stories of life in Japan are awesome, so there’s no excuse not to go and have a read!



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A Very Special Giveaway

I did it! I reached 250 followers! I completely missed gaining 200 followers while I was out of the country, so I thought I’d hold on for the big 2-5-0 to celebrate, and you beautiful people did it just in time for another amazing milestone: my one year blog anniversary 😀

Happy birthday to me!

party owlYes, I started blogging on September the 5th, 2012, and although I didn’t really pick things up and get into it until February, nevertheless it’s my blogiversary!

Thank you to each and every one of you who’s helped me discover just what a wonderful experience blogging is. I’m so grateful that so many of you have taken the time to read my ramblings – here’s to many more years!

So, I thought I’d let you guys celebrate a little bit too! You know how when you were a kid you’d bring sweets into class to share on your birthday? Well I’m doing the same, but with beauty things!


How cool is that little lot? I told you I had something special planned for that other candle in the parcel. JewelCandle were kind enough to send me a Happy Birthday candle to celebrate my blogiversary, and I thought it would be great to share the love! This is the larger size of candle, containing a ring worth up to £250 – and to top it all off, it smells divine. Birthday cake and vanilla, mmm. I wish I could keep this one for myself!

I’ve also added two of my favourite little beauty bits into the prize – the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey, a soft pink that suits most skin tones, and Lush’s Vanillary perfume. Vanillary is the sweetest, comfiest, warmest vanilla scent I’ve ever smelled, and I never fail to get compliments when I wear it – plus it matches the candle! And, well, you all know how much I rave about the JBK Balm Stains… This is probably the one that gets most worn, as it’s such an easy daytime lip.

(The two beauty products pictured are actually my own – I haven’t had a chance to get to the shops to get new ones for you yet! So don’t worry about any marks in the picture.)


This giveaway is open to the UK ONLY. It’s going to be a way heavy package, and I can’t afford to be posting heavy stuff all the way around the world. I’m really sorry, international followers – soon, I promise, I’ll be able to afford it!

Also, I know that Rafflecopter doesn’t work too well on WordPress, but it seems to be the easiest way to do this – let me know if there are any issues accessing the widget via this link:


And…. that’s all!

Good luck, and thanks for all the fish (follows)!

Asha x

The Versatile Blogger Award!

Wow, do I feel loved! First the Liebster award, now the Versatile Blogger award in the space of a couple of weeks! A massive thank you to PearlsnHeels for nominating me – you should check out her blog too for all sorts of tidbits of make up and beauty awesomeness.

  • The rules are that you must post the award, and who nominated you for it on the post!
  • You have to give 15 awards to 15 other bloggers that really deserve to receive it.
  • Then post 7 amazing things about yourself, what makes you and your blog special!

I’m really not convinced I can think of 7 more interesting facts about me, but here goes…

  1. I feel twitchy if I set my alarm clock to any number other than one that ends in 0 or 5. I just couldn’t wake up at 6:47, it has to be 6:45 or 6:50.
  2. I really hate dyeing my hair – I love having different colours, but I hate the actual application of it!
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The Liebster Award

The beautiful Gillian at Always Unpresentable nominated me for the Liebster Award while I was on holiday, which was a lovely surprise to come back to! I always enjoy Gillian’s posts, and really trust her opinions on products – plus the way she writes makes you feel really comfortable, like talking to a friend. I couldn’t be happier that she chose me for this award!

What you have to do, then, is

  1. List 11 random facts about yourself
  2. Answer the 11 questions from the person who nominated you
  3. Nominate 11 more blogs with 11 more questions. You’re supposed to nominate blogs with fewer than 200 followers (I tipped over that between receiving the award and doing this post!).

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Awards and Prizes!

This little box contains all the entries for my 100 followers giveaway! Read on to find out who’s the lucky blogger who’s won a lovely Lush bee and magic lipstick!

P1000225In the meantime, though, I’m going to take the opportunity to show off another blogging milestone – my first awards! I’m only going to nominate five people for each award, just because otherwise that’s 20 nominations in each post!

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