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Amsterdam! | My top recommendations

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I went to Amsterdam a year ago yesterday and had a wonderful time. I thought I would share with you some of my top things to do there, as well as the best things to eat and the greatest things to see.


I look so different. Ha ha.

I actually vlogged whilst I was there, you can watch that here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGtxVUMWRRs&t=350s

I also filmed a haul on my return which you can watch here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8Ms3MDy_-E&t=34s



I am not going to go into too much detail about what we did, as you can see that in the videos. Instead, I am just going to share the top 12 things I think you should do/eat/see whilst you are there, and course share a few (or a lot) pictures along the way. Most of these are from my instagram/snapchat, so if you want to keep up to date in the future, you can. My username for both is @tamzinlena



I thought I would also mention that we actually got such a good deal on this trip.

We booked it via Wowcher, and paid £100 each which inc…

Why stepping away is important

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Do you ever just feel foggy? Like you can't see properly? Like there's this huge fog in front of you that you are trying your hardest to push through, but it won't budge? Like there are so many things on your mind, and in order for you to see clearly, you need to get rid of some?

That's how I have been feeling recently. Foggy. I can't tell you how frustrating it is. How overwhelming it is. The voice in the back of my head exclaiming "you need a fucking break" whilst I am scrambling for air in a seemingly oxygen free world.

I just wanted to switch off. I wanted to turn off my phone, curl up in my bed and listen to slow, comforting songs and only come out for food.

This is unrealistic because I work a full time job, a part time job, study, manage a YouTube channel, blog and socials, do freelance content creating, and try to lead some sort of life.

I just wanted to sleep in all honesty. I have been exhausted.


Let's take the plate analogy. It's overus…

GIVEAWAY! (and the T&C's)

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To win this package from Kiss Cosmetics and Alex Silver PR, go and check out this tweet - https://twitter.com/tamzinlena/status/967361271745138690

All you need to do is retweet that and follow me on twitter.

Terms and conditions:

- you must be following me on twitter
- you must have retweeted the above tweet
- winner will be chosen on the 3/3 RANDOMLY
- this competition is open to people in MAINLAND UK only due to shipping retsraints

GOOD LUCK!

xo

Bye for now,
Tamzin xxx

23 random questions

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As you know, I have recently enjoyed doing more personal posts and things that I typically wouldn't talk about. I thought that today, I would answer 23 random questions, completely honestly, so you could maybe discover something that you didn't already know about me. Feel free to pick a question and answer it in the comments, or if you have you own blog you could answer these yourself! I am going to do a part 2 to this post, but those questions are going to be "deep", where as these are more lighthearted!



1) 3 turn offs

- selfishness
- smoking
- people who take them selves too seriously.

2) 3 turn ons

- people who aren't afraid to say how they feel
- smiley people
- laughter

3) phobia

mice & rats

4) celebrity crush

sam clafflin

5) do you smoke/drink?

i don't smoke, never have, but i have consumed alcohol.. numerous times

6) favourite movie

wild child

7) name

tamzin lena snelling

8) fave band

scouting for girls / coldplay

9) fave music artist

florence and …

What I am listening to recently

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I thought it would be fun to do a post all about the music I am enjoying recently. Typically, I don't have a set genre that I like, I kind of listen to anything. However, if I had to pick one genre, it would be indie pop rock. If that is even a thing. Think Florence and The Machine, Arctic Monkeys, Of Monsters and Men, Kate Nash, Lilly Allen, Coldplay... Here are 5 or so (I had to keep it down) tunes that I have loved jammin' to in the past few weeks.

Speaking of Coldplay, my most listened to song of the past few weeks has to be Yellow.


I have loved this song for years but for some reason I have just wanted to listen to it over and over again recently. I love it so much. It actually came out in June 2000, just 2 months after I was born which I find crazy.

I love that this song is both sad and happy. It is filled with so much emotion and the way it is portrayed is beautiful. My favourite lyrics? The opening lines - Look at the stars, look how they shine for you. My other favour…

Unlovable?

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Tomorrow is Valentine's Day and I wanted to do a post to remind you that it is okay if you are single or without a beau. I am asked more often than not if I am with someone, (I don't why this is such a general assumption) mainly in real life but on the internet too, and the answer to that is no. I don't have a boyfriend. I have seen people recently but nothing concrete, and that's okay. (Ish, I am not going to pretend that I don't cry about it on a weekly basis)


Valentine's Day is a weird one. I love any kind of occasion, so I am not bitter or petty towards anyone in that way, but it is hard not to feel kind of down when everyone around you is so loved up, and you might not be so lucky. Whether this be because you have just gotten out of unhealthy relationship or you are struggling with your feelings for someone, Valentine's Day can trigger a lot of issues within someone who is currently feeling that kind of heart ache. Also, even if someone does have a par…

Choconchoc Love Notes | Something different for Valentine's Day

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Even though I am single AF, I really enjoy any kind of holiday/celebration/occasion, and this includes Valentine's Day! Even if you are not with anyone, it can be such a fun time! You can check out a post I did on the Growing Up Guide here, all about things you can do on Valentine's Day if you are single.

For this post, I thought I would share with you a Valentine's gift that could be used for your significant other, best friend or family. This is such a cute idea that can be used for literally anyone!



These Love Notes from Choconchoc are a lovely concept.


Everything is edible. The ink from the pen and the paper that lies on the chocolate are designed to be consumed, meaning you can leave a sweet message for someone in a totally new way. The actual chocolate is so yummy too, I couldn't resist having a bite or two when shooting these products...


If you are looking for something unique this Valentine's Day, I would highly recommend checking out Choconchoc and all of …

Dressing against the norm — what does it say about you? | Guest Post | #AD

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From eccentric socks to dressing against our gendered expectations, many people push the limits of social norms when it comes to fashion. Research has shown that non-conformists can be viewed as being of a higher status and more competent than those who follow the rules of fashion. We take a look at what different clothing says about the wearer…



Against gendered expectations
The line is becoming increasingly blurred between male and female clothing. Many people are speaking up, opposing the ideas that men and women should be dressed according to their sex. But, are you presenting yourself in a different way when you dress against the gendered expectations? Although fashionistas are saying that they don’t agree with gender rules, some research suggests that we’re still stuck in our old ways. Psychologists in New Jersey found that attitudes towards gender stereotypes hadn’t changed much between 1983 and 2014. There is an argument that shows that it’s favourable for women to cross the gen…

I need your help

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Something I wanted to do this year was be more charitable, whether that's agree to donate 1 pound when buying something like I did earlier for world cancer day or take on larger projects that can help in a different way.


So, today, I have released some tshirts to sell for charity. You can get one here - https://www.mercht.com/c/tamzinlena

You could watch the video for the campaign here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQD4DzNWG0s

I'd really appreciate it if you could buy one or share it with someone who could. All profits will go to help send Amy to Africa where she will be helping to get young people into education.

Thanks so much

Bye for now,
Tamzin xxx

Movies you need to see! #1 | What I watched this month

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This month I have watched 2 films at the Cinemas (kind of, we'll get to that) and one at home, so I thought I would share them as they are all must sees! I am going to try and do this most months as I want to go to the Cinemas more!

Number 1 - Coco

I saw Coco when I was invited to a private screening of it at the Walt Disney offices in London. I jumped at the chance to go, even thought I hadn't heard that much about the film previously. I knew that it was a Disney Pixar production, so it would be amazing anyhow, and it was certainly that! The colours are so bright and wonderful and the plot was fantastic. It was so gripping and had twists and turns throughout. I was shocked at how clever and interesting the story line was, to say that the assumed target demographic was young children. I would say leave any preconceptions at the door and go watch it, I'm pretty certain that you won't be disappointed.


Number 2 - The Greatest Showman

I watched The Greatest Showman just last…

How to take photos for your blog (of yourself) without a photographer

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I decided a little while back that I wanted to take more photos of me for my blog. Because I am vain. I am also sarcastic and that was a joke, it's because I think they give a more personal look and feel to the site. Something I struggled with was taking photos by casual photos by myself, so I thought I'd share my top tips on snapping those perfect "stock block images". If you're a blogger, you might get what I mean. You probs won't though because I just made that phrase up. Essentially, it's just basic images of you that you can use in future posts, like stock images. I take them in blocks so I can use them over time. Now we've established that, allow me to share a few examples and a little bit of advice.





All of the above photos were actually just taken on my iPhone 8+, and that's my first point. Not all your fashion shots need to be taken with a big ass camera, a decent smart phone can just do the trick. I love my phone, because I think portrait…

What makes a blogger, a blogger?

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I am enjoying doing chatty posts so much more recently. It feels refreshing and old school to just kick back and word vomit onto a document. It feels nice to talk about whatever I want to talk about, but one thing I often think to myself is, am I a "proper" blogger?


I started my blog in 2015 as I loved writing and at that time wanted to be a journalist. I had dabbled in the world of online communication but I had never stuck to anything. When I found this outlet, something rang right and I have been rambling away ever since. It was a passion project, and still is. I have always just been me. No fancy posts, no fanciness at all. I kinda accepted that I couldn't be your "perfect" blogger at first and hoped that one day I'd adapt and learn the tricks of the trade. That I would become like those bloggers I aspired to be. But years have past and I'm finally comfortable with saying, I'm a blogger, but not your typical one.

I've never taken a photo of …